Jim’s WebLetter for 9/13/08

Hi-ya JWL readers!

Lots happening this week on the Web and on TV, huh? Bill Gates teams up with Jerry Seinfled to create ads for Windows Vista. Of course, you have no idea that’s what they’re advertising because it never comes up in the ads. Have you seen them? In two words, “mildly amusing”. Seems like a waste of $300 million to promote a product with problems in it. Here are the ads on YouTube …

Also, early this morning, hurricane Ike hit Texas with Category 2 force flooding areas like Galveston, Port Aransas and Surfside. Follow the videos released from the Weather Channel online. http://tinyurl.com/ikemakesland

Speaking of YouTube … three cheers for Joe Leiberman. After breaking ranks with Democrats and endorsing John McCain for the presidency at the Republic National Convention, folks thought that Senator Lieberman would be out of the news for a while. But now that he has hit the terrorists hard by making sure YouTube won’t host any terrorist training videos. YouTube updated its “Community Guidelines” yesterday with a notation telling terrorist cells that if any training videos are uploaded to the service, they’re at risk of violating the company’s Terms of Service and could face permanent expulsion from the site. I have an idea … how about taking that to the next level? Reporting the terrorists to Homeland Security and offering the videos for their investigations.

Along the same subject, here’s a quick and easy way to capture a video on YouTube and download it for your own enjoyment. Kiss YouTube is a page that lets you put in the URL of the video you want. It captures the video and then with the click of the button, allows you to download it to your desktop. There’s also a free player you can download to view the video. http://kissyoutube.com/

In her story in USA Today, Kim Komando talks about the fact that airlines are beginning to offer Wi-Fi on-board. Oh, sure, they’re charging you for it, like everything else, but the controversy is mounting as having unfiltered access can mean offensive things can be seen by those who don’t want to (or in the case of children, shouldn’t) see. http://tinyurl.com/airlinewi-fi

Oh, and here’s another example of courts not thinking through their decisions when striking down laws already in place that protect the American people. This week, Virginia’s Supreme Court overturned the state’s law prohibiting email spam and therefore will free spammer Jeremy Jaynes from his multi-year jail conviction. Free speech apparently also means someone is free to blast your email box with trash in order to make a buck. Read InfoWorld’s story … http://tinyurl.com/virginia-spam

Game time! Play Power Football with this Web-based 3D soccer game that supports both single player and team mode. (Single player mode can be played without registration.) http://www.powerchallenge.com/

Used to being the center of attention, Robbie was a little more than jealous of his new baby sister. The parents sat him down and said that now that she was getting older, the house was too small and they’d have to move. “It’s no use.” Robbie said, “She’s crawling good now and she’d probably just follow us.”
(thanks, Gary)
Sometimes it seems that government employees in the UK will enforce every rule to its extreme, except for one, “use your head.” Take parking enforcers … please!
It was a normal day for truck driver Michael Collins, who was on his way to collect a skip in London’s Belsize Park. But then, without warning, his truck lurched as the road beneath him collapsed. Unknown to Michael, a burst water main had caused the road to give way, creating a deep hole where the front wheels of his 17-ton truck became stuck. While he was waiting for his lorry to be rescued, a passing parking attendant appeared. To the astonishment of nearby residents and despite Michael’s protests, she stood on tiptoe and whacked a parking ticket on the trucks’ windscreen, uttering the immortal words, “You can appeal.”
(thanks, Becky)
A man takes his Rottweiler to the vet.
“My dog is cross-eyed,” the man says. “Is there anything you can do for him?”
“Well,” says the vet, “let’s have a look at him.”
So he picks the dog up and examines his eyes and ears and then checks his teeth. Finally, he says, “I’m going to have to put him down.”
“What?” The man was astonished. “Why? Because he’s cross-eyed?”
“No,” said the vet, “because he’s really heavy!”
(thanks, Joe … I think this was an old Henny Youngman joke)
TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
DONALD: Yesterday you said it’s H to O.
TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with ‘I.’
MILLIE: I is..
TEACHER: No, Millie….. Always say, ‘I am.’
MILLIE: All right… ‘I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.’
(thanks, Jeryl)
And that’s the week’s look back at the Web, friends and neighbors. Have a great weekend and look for the next issue of JWL next weekend. Til then, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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