Jim’s WebLetter for 9/6/08

Jim’s WebLetter

Hi-ya friends and net neighbors!

This week has been a busy one in the tropics, hasn’t it? After seeing Hurricane Gustav crash into Louisiana, we just had tropical storm Hanna go by us yesterday, and now are watching Hurricane Ike moving south and it looks like it will be heading for the Gulf and up to and near New Orleans or maybe the Florida Panhandle. You sure can tell it’s hurricane season.

Meanwhile, the battle between Comcast and the federal government continues as the cable giant is appealing the FCC’s decision on it’s internet access. As I mentioned last week, Comcast has determined it’s users may only use 250 GB of download transfer a month, thereby setting limits that the government says is a violation. http://tinyurl.com/comcast-vs-fcc

This week, Google released a browser called Chrome to the public in beta form with the goal to offer an alternative to Internet Explorer and Firefox. Claims of faster loading pages and simplicity, with straightforward tabs on the top, an uncluttered screen, and no dialogue boxes that pop up and prompt users to do something when surfing the Web. On the surface, this is a great piece of software, but there are some issues, remembering this is a beginning edition that will need adjusting and tweaking. http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1858

If that wasn’t enough, this week we learned that HP, the world’s largest computer manufacturer, is creating it’s own operating system for it’s computers. Business Week reported that the company has seen so many complaints of the Windows Vista program, combined with the increased popularity of Apple’s MAC notebooks, that it has decided to take matters into it’s own hands and the hands of it’s “Skunk Works” team of engineers. Based on the Linux platform, the OS will need some work before it’s ready to be launched to a worldwide acceptance. http://blogs.zdnet.com/computers/?p=219

Remember Joost? They are the online video and film providers that pounced onto the online-video scene with what seemed to be the right technology. You download their software, log in, and find hours of programs to watch in really good quality. Well, the owners just announced that they’re planning to launch a test version of its new site later this month that will feature a browser-based plug-in and will no longer require users to watch via the desktop client. http://tinyurl.com/joost-online

Chime.TV already pulls from the best online video providers like Break.com, Dailymotion, Veoh, and YouTube to make editor-created channels filled with stuff you’ll love. The channels feature the latest episodes of shows as well as channels for news, cute stuff, extreme sports, technology, and about 20 more … including stuff from the network TV sites. It might seem a little odd when you could just visit the sites, but think of Chime.TV as an aggregate to avoid all the surfing to find what you want to view. http://www.chimetv.com/

Speaking of sites like YouTube, some videos are not necessarily for young eyes to see. Totlol takes care of that. Actual human beings vet videos from all over the Web as suitable for kids age 6 months to 6 years and embed them at this site. Classics include Kermit singing “It’s Not Easy Being Green” on Sesame Street on up to modern VeggieTales and Wiggles and lots of obscure stuff in between. And of course, cute personal videos abound, all kid safe, all in bite-size chunks great for those kid-size (and modern adult) attention spans. http://www.totlol.com/

Bubba Had Shingles Those of us who spend much time in a doctor’s office should appreciate this! Doesn’t it seem more and more that physicians are running their practices like an assembly line? Here’s what happened to Bubba:
Bubba walked into a doctor’s office and the receptionist asked him what he had. Bubba said: ‘Shingles.’
So she wrote down his name, address, medical insurance number and told him to have a seat.
Fifteen minutes later a nurse’s aide came out and asked Bubba what he had. Bubba said, ‘Shingles.’
So she wrote down his height, weight, a complete medical history and told Bubba to wait in the examining room.
A half hour later a nurse came in and asked Bubba what he had. Bubba said, ‘Shingles.’
So the nurse gave Bubba a blood test, a blood pressure test, an electrocardiogram, and told Bubba to take off all his clothes and wait for the doctor.
An hour later the doctor came in and found Bubba sitting patiently in the nude and asked Bubba what he had. Bubba said, ‘Shingles.’
The doctor asked, ‘Where?’ Bubba said, ‘Outside on the truck. Where do you want me to unload ’em??’
(thanks, dad)
My poor wife was sick in bed with the flu. Being a dutiful husband, I offered to fix her some of her favorite herbal tea. I couldn’t find the tea though and went back upstairs to ask where it was.
She said, “I don’t know how it could be any easier to see. It’s in the pantry, third shelf down, in a cocoa tin marked ‘matches’.”
(thanks, Bill)
As a concierge at a posh resort, I was often asked about the ski facilities. One day a couple, who had just checked in after a long flight, came by and asked me where the lift was. “Go down this hall,” I told them, “out the door, past the pool, 200 yards down the block and you’ll see it on your right.”
Their tired faces suddenly looked even more exhausted, until the man behind them spoke up. “They’re from England,” he said. “I think they’re looking for the elevator.”
(thanks, Paul)
I hate it when people forward bogus warnings, and I have even done it myself a couple times unintentionally. ..but this one is real, and it’s important. So please send this warning to everyone on your e- mail list.
If someone comes to your front door saying they are checking for ticks due to the warm weather and asks you to take your clothes off and dance around with your arms up, DO NOT DO IT!! THIS IS A SCAM!!
They only want to see you naked.
I wish I’d gotten this yesterday. I feel so stupid.
(thanks, Reggie)
And that’s most of what happened this week on the Web. Now that the political conventions are over, we’re down to less than two months before the election for our next President. In the weeks to come, I’ll feature sites that can help you better determine who to vote for in this election year, if you haven’t already decided. And I’ll keep watch on continuing stories like Comcast-FCC and Google’s new browser.

Til next week, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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