Well it’s been some week. According to analysts, the stock market is teetering on disaster. At this moment, members of Congress and the Whitehouse are meeting to hammer out a resolution to the mess that Wall Street speculators have gotten us into. What’s so interesting about all this is … the “money guessers” (my term for them) messed up, and we all pay for it. Are any of them being held responsible for it? The solution seems to be to give these guys more money (700 billion dollars). So, they couldn’t handle the money they had in the first place, now we’re going to give them more? Is my analogy correct, or did I miss something?
Also this week, the G1 has been announced. No, it’s not a summit meeting … it’s the new cellphone from Google. Remember last year when Google denied anything was in the works? The word leaked out, tho’ and now T-Mobile is connecting to a new competitor to the iPhone that will cost less and include more features. http://tinyurl.com/cnet-googlephone
A survey released by ABI Research shows more Americans are watching TV online than ever before. The reason? They can see their shows when they want, instead of when the “regular TV” says. According to the survey, the number of U.S. consumers who have watched video streamed through their computer browser has jumped from 32 percent a year ago, to 63 percent today thanks, in large, by the availability of broadband and high speed internet connections and these shows being added to sites like Hulu as well as the network sites (ABC, NBC, CBS). http://tinyurl.com/tv-story
This is not a commercial, but if you’re Windows PC is running slow, there’s a product you should try. Advanced WindowsCare V2 Personal is a FREE all-in-one tool that straightens out your Registry, handles Windows startup programs, erases your surfing history, removes spyware and protects you from future infections, and gives your system an all-around optimization. I tried it on my computer and found it cleaned up files other programs (like Spybot and Adaware) missed. One thing … be sure to tell the program to create a restore point before it goes to work, then as the program is working, examine what it will do in its overall system optimization. There is a “pro” version of the software you may decide you want to purchase in the future, but right now … let the free version work and see if it improves your PC. http://tinyurl.com/windowscare
If you’re looking to get out of the house this weekend and head to a movie … give Fireproof a look. Kirk Cameron (“Growing Pains”), plays the lead role in a story about how rocky marriages can be fixed. A brief synopsis of the movie calls it, “A fireman who firmly believes that you never leave your partner behind has his beliefs challenged when his marriage begins to fall apart”. It’s rated PG and it’s worth the price of admission. http://fireproofthemovie.com/
Finally, if you need a break and want to see some interesting and funny photos … visit MarcoFolio and click to see the monthly image dumps. http://www.marcofolio.net/
TOP 10 SIGNS YOU”RE A COMPUTER GEEK
10. When filling out your driver’s license application you give your IP address.
9. You no longer ask prospective dates what their sign is, instead your line is “Hi, what’s your URL?”
8. Instead of calling you to dinner, your spouse sends e-mail.
7. You’re amazed to find out spam is a food.
6. You “ping” people to see if they’re awake, “finger” them to find out how they are, and “AYT” them to make sure they’re listening to you.
5. You search the Net endlessly hoping to win every silly free T-shirt contest.
4. You introduce your wife as “my firstname.lastname@example.org” and refer to your children as “client applications”.
3. At social functions you introduce your husband as “my domain server”.
2. After winning the office super bowl pool you blurt out, “I feel so colon-right parentheses!”
And the number one sign you are an Internet Geek:
1. Two Words: “Pizza’s Here!”
A friend, driving home from a fishing trip in northern Michigan with his boat in tow, had engine trouble a few miles inland from Lake Huron. He didn’t have a CB radio in his car, so he decided to use his marine radio to get help. Climbing into his boat, he broadcast his call letters and asked for assistance. A Coast Guard officer responded, “Please give your location.”
“I’m on Interstate-75, two miles south of Standish.”
The officer paused, “Could you repeat that?”
“I-75, two miles south of Standish.”
A longer pause. Then an incredulous voice asked, “How fast were you going when you hit shore?”
I stopped at the local Burger King for a cold soda and was reading the menu over the counter. I noticed a sign to the side that stated “Picture Menu Available”.
I had to ask the clerk what it was for and she told me that they had a number of customers who couldn’t read and they used that. Of course I asked how such a customer would know this picture menu was available and her answer was the classic,
“Well, it says so on the sign, doesn’t it?”
There she stood in the line at the post office, a line that wound its way almost out the front door.
A fellow customer spoke to the elderly lady waiting to buy some stamps. “Ma’am, you must be very tired. Did you know there’s a stamp machine over there in the corner?” He pointed to the machine built into the wall.
“Why yes, thank you,” the lady replied, “but I’ll just wait here a little while longer. I’m getting close to the window.”
The customer became insistent. “But it would be so much easier for you to avoid this long line and buy your stamps from the machine.”
The woman patted him on the arm and answered, “Oh, I know. But that old machine would never ask me how my grandchildren are doing.”
Well, that’s the highlights of this week on the Web, friends and neighbors. Have a great weekend and until next, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.
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