Jim’s WebLetter for 8/30/08

Hi-ya Webfriends!

Can you believe it … September begins Monday. This year is flying by at an incredible rate. But with it is the rapidly changing world of the wide Web.

For instance, who would believe that one of the largest cable internet providers, Comcast, reached a decision to cap monthy broadband usage at 250GB. Could this be the end of the Internet as we know it? Certainly, the outcry from users will be heard in courts across the country. After all, if you’re paying for a service, do they have the right to tell you how much of it you can use? What if Comcast were to decide that you could only watch TV for five hours a day, or, because they also offer phone service, what if they decide to cut back the amount of phone time you get?

One thing about the Web … it’s like water. If it can’t continue flowing in one direction, it creates it’s own new stream. Say goodbye to Bittorrent and hello to streaming …

Have you heard? Microsoft has released the new Internet Explorer 8 with a bunch of new features and, as typical of Microsoft products, bugs. Just since the release, it’s already up to Beta 2 because of software and operating system issues. Here’s the story from the all new CNET … http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10028458-75.html
And if you’d like to download the browser, click this link …

And speaking of the all new CNET … recently, the online review and news Web-based entity was acquired by CBS, the people who bring you network television. The website has undergone a significant transformation from the whites and yellows, to black and white and red. The single best feature of the site is CNET TV, which I make a point to watch on a daily basis. It’s filled with reviews, tips and tricks for a better Internet. I like the concept of video set in a TV format as well as On Demand, and the quality of each video is the best. Yes, they do include advertising. After all, the service is free … someone has to pay for it to be provided, right? Oh, and there are no monthly broadband caps to watching it … here that, Comcast? http://cnettv.cnet.com/

I read in BBC news this morning that NASA reported a laptop aboard the Space Station has a virus and that it’s common that computers used in space don’t have anti-virus protection on them. Hasn’t our space administration heard of AVG or Avant? Apparently, the virus is in a laptop used by the astronauts to send email back to earth. Great, now the Space Station is a conduit for viruses perpetuated in our Web down here. As they like to say in Briton, “brilliant”. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7583805.stm

Kids are back in school. Over the years, I have reported places on the Web that are helpful for answering hard-to-figure-out school subjects. Boy, I sure wish a site like Mathway had been around when I was growing up (of course there was no Web when I was growing up). This site offers help with math problems … and not just basic math. It will also help with algebra, trigonometry and calculus. To get started, your child just needs to enter a math problem. Click answer, and a step-by-step solution is displayed. Your child can also click on terms to learn more about terminology. http://www.mathway.com/

GROANERS FOR THE FUNNY BONE IN YOU … (best read with a drum kit available for rim-shots)

– Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.
– A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm, and says ‘A beer please, and one for the road.’
– A dyslexic man walks into a bra.
– A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, ‘I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything.’
– I went to a seafood disco last week…and pulled a mussel.
– Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him. (Oh, man, this is so bad, it’s good)…. A super-calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.
– And finally, there was the person who sent twenty different puns to his friends, with the hope that at least ten of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.
(thanks, Jeryl)
Dining out one evening, I noticed six teenagers boisterously celebrating some event at a nearby table. Toward their end of their meal, one of them got up and produced a camera.
“Hey, wait a minute,” one of her companions said. “You have to be in the picture too.”
When I approached and asked if I could help, the girl who owned the camera was delighted. I snapped a picture of the group and then, being unfamiliar with the camera, I asked her, “Do you want me to take another in case that one doesn’t come out?”
“Oh, no, that’s okay,” she chirped innocently. “I always get double prints.”
(thanks, Patsy)
Bill and Sarah were Londoners and were blessed with seven healthy children. After many months of discussion, they finally decided to move to New York. It should have been a simple enough move, but when they arrived, they had great difficulty finding a suitable apartment to live in.
Although many were big enough, the landlords always seemed to object to such a large family living there. If only Bill wasn’t so honest about the size of his family!
After several days of unsuccessful searching, Bill had an idea. He told Sarah to take the four younger children to visit the local cemetery while he went with the older three children to find an apartment. After looking for most of the morning, Bill found a place that was ideal.
The landlord asked him, “How many children do you have?”
Bill answered with a deep sigh, “Seven .. but four are with their dear mother in the cemetery.”
He got the apartment!
(thanks, Mary)
Because I had forgotten the dates for a number of my friend’s and relative’s birthdays and anniversaries, I decided to compile a list on the computer and have the dates highlighted on screen when the machine was turned on. I went to a number of computer stores to find a software program that would do the job but had no luck at the first few. I finally found one where the clerk seemed experienced.
“Can you recommend something that will remind me of birthdays and anniversaries?” I asked.
His reply: “Have you tried a wife?”
(thanks, Henry)
And that’s the week’s look through the computer screen, JWL readers. Thanks for your contributions. And as always, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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