It’s shaping up to be a wet weekend on the Island with showers coming in from the Atlantic. No matter, there’s plenty to do on the Web where it’s always warm and dry, so take a few minutes and let me show you a thing or two I discovered this week in this issue of Jim’s WebLetter …
This week it was reported that Best Buy will purchase Napster. Remember the company that was responsible for changing the music habits of millions of people worldwide, who was sited by the courts for violating copyright laws and was told to cease and desist? Then, when it was brought back to life with subscriptions to pay for music royalties, it grew to more than 700,000 users? Well, now that’s it’s a legitimate company, it’s being bought up.
Speaking of buying and selling, the stock market has been an up and down venture this week with the Dow up and down hundreds of points. I do a little dabbling and found a good one to buy and turn around the next day for a nice profit. I like to use some places online for market information including MarketWatch (http://www.marketwatch.com) and a new place called Stockhouse, “Where investors connect to spot opportunities and gain market advantage”. I have access to the latest financial news, editorials from industry professionals and get tips from other community members. The site also makes it easy to manage your portfolio. You can track all your favorite stocks from one place and can join groups with similar trading interests. http://www.stockhouse.com/index.aspx
Also this week, Republican Vice Presidential hopeful, Alaskan Governor Sara Palin had her email broken into. Apparently a guy from Tennessee figured out how to obtain the necessary information from Wikipedia that gave the personal information for Yahoo mail to turn over her user name and password. Then this guy puts the details of her email on the web for everyone to read. My first question to this was, “does Yahoo know how easy it is to break into their ‘secure’ email system?”. Seems to me that somebody needs to come up with a better method of protecting one’s account. The BBC has the story and how it was hacked … http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7624809.stm
Wired reports that the hacker may get very little jail time, if at all, for his actions. His attorney is fighting the accusation that he violated any laws. So now we’re being told that it’s OK for someone to break into our accounts and take whatever they want? Yea, there’s a problem with that. http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/09/palin-hack-migh.html
Our economy is a bit crazy right now with prices up and down, bailouts going on between our government and the financial sector, and the cost of living seeming to rise as often as the sun. The key for some is not to spend more on everyday living expenses but to spend smarter. To learn some good tips on keeping cost down head to the Wise Bread blog. Here you get tips on saving money (aka “bread”) including coupons and store discounts. http://www.wisebread.com/
And speaking of the crazy economy, folks wanting to purchase a new computer are now talking about building their own. Can it be cheaper than purchasing one ready-made? Adrian Kingsley-Hughes of ZDNet was asked if he could do it, so he set himself upon pricing the necessary parts. What he came up with is a computer that cost $155.88. Here’s how he did it … http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=2625
Finally, here’s an easy way to share photos with friends and family … upload them from your computer to Fine Tuna. Then add comments quickly and easily. The comments are tied to specific portions of the photograph, so you can point out a detail others may miss. Once you’ve added comments, you’re ready to share the photos. Just send a link to your friends and family. By the way, there’s a handy Firefox extension for FF users. http://www.finetuna.com/
When my younger brother and his wife celebrated their first anniversary, they invited the rest of the family to join them for dinner. The conversation focused on the newlyweds and how they happened to meet. Caught up in the romance of the story, one by one the men related how we had met our wives. Eventually everyone had told his story except for my youngest brother.
All eyes were on him when he said, “Oh, Cindy and I met in college. We were matched up by a computer according to compatibility.”
“That’s the whole story?” my wife asked incredulously.
“Oh, no,” he replied with a grin. “They’ve fixed the computer since then.”
Looking over the job listings on The Home Depot website, I noticed one with a highly peculiar job description: “On rare occasions there may be a need to move or lift light articles. Examples include executive assistant, bank loan officer and accounting clerk.”
A doctor of psychology was doing his normal morning rounds when he entered a patient’s room. He found Patient #1 sitting on the floor, pretending to saw a piece of wood in half. Patient #2 was hanging from the ceiling, by his feet. The doctor asked patient number 1 what he was doing.
The patient replied, “Can’t you see I’m sawing this piece of wood in half?”
The doctor inquired of Patient #1 what Patient #2 was doing. Patient #1 replied, “Oh. He’s my friend, but he’s a little crazy. He thinks he’s a lightbulb.”
The doctor looks up and notices Patient #2’s face is going all red. The doctor asks Patient #1, “If he’s your friend, you should get him down from there before he hurts himself”
Patient #1 replies, “What? And work in the dark?”
There was a notice that appeared in my mailbox. It told me I was required to go to court as a witness against someone whose name I did not recognize. Calling for more information, I found out my notice was for reporting a driver who had illegally passed my stopped school bus—ten years ago when I had been driving a bus part time.
The appearance date was the same time as my night class, so I called to see if my court appearance could be rescheduled. Two days later someone returned my call.
“We cannot push the date back,” they said. The reason? “The accused is entitled to a speedy trial.”
And with that … I will say, “have a great weekend”. It’s my wife’s birthday this weekend complete with party and family. Until next weekend, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.
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