Hope your weekend is off to a great start. We hit the beach for a long walk yesterday afternoon. Conditions were perfect with temps in the low 70’s and a light breeze. The sand was packed and clean of debris for easier walking, too. This is another reason why it’s great living here.
Well this week, the big story was the vote to put money back into the economy, but there were several other things that happened while all that was going on. Here are a few of the tech stories I discovered.
Flying underneath the Congressional radar this week, when all eyes were turned to watch the vote on the “bail out” of Wall Street, Congress cleared the way for a potential agreement intended to save the Internet radio market from a crippling hike in copyright royalty rates. The next step is the executive signature.
According to the NY Times, Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, is talking up a new version of Windows that relies on software stored on a data center rather than on computers. Dubbed “Windows Cloud”, no details name time of release, but you can bet … as other operating systems Microsoft has released, there will be issues.
Meanwhile, CNET reports that Windows XP has been given another extension of life as computer sellers who offer computers loaded with Vista can also include an install CD of XP in the box.
Something else that is on the Times website, David Pogue’s post featuring tech tips for the basic computer user. In this, he gives things to remember when using your computer and while checking your email. It’s worth the read and heed. http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/?ref=technology
It’s been almost 60 years ago that an advertising executive sold Dwight D. Eisenhower on the idea that TV commercials would be the best way to reach the most voters. Some say politics have never been same since. You’ll find the evidence on Living Room Candidate … a museum of moving images with ads from every presidential election since 1952. There’s more than 300 commercials spanning material from the first televised presidential debate to ads from the 2008 Obama and McCain campaigns. http://livingroomcandidate.org/
Now for something that more than two million people have found fascinating … a dachshund plays by himself with a ball launcher. The video is entitled, “Jerry needs no help playing with his ball” … even though, at the end, the little boy in the family “assists”. Notice the ball counter … this dog loves his toy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PcL6-mjRNk
China’s leading Xinhua news agency reported the successful launch of the Shenzhou VII. The report came with astronaut chatter, gave detailed moment to moment tracking over the Pacific Ocean, included technicians staring at the launch screens, and was window dressed with clapping, cheering, and everything else you’ve seen before in science fiction films.
Trouble is it was announced hours before the launch happened.
China would only explain it as a “technical problem.”
Watch for China’s announcement tomorrow that the problem was traced back to the time machine they invented next month.
The complete story can be found at http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,24406109-23109,00.html.
On a visit to the library I happened to notice a man and a woman, both deaf, signing with intense gestures, apparently in a heated debate. The man said something; and the woman seemed upset. She started signing her reply very fast, to the point where the man couldn’t understand a word; she also signed in big, wide gestures, which is the equivalent of volume.
Finally, looking strained, her companion took her hands, “silencing” her. Then he signed, very small and slowly: “You don’t have to shout, I’m not blind.”
There were three construction workers that always got the same thing for lunch. All of them were tired of eating the same thing over and over again.
1st worker : I hate sandwiches, if I get sandwiches for lunch again tomorrow I’m jumping off that bridge.
2nd worker : Oh my Gosh! If I see another taco I’m going to jump off that bridge tomorrow.
3rd worker : Beans Again?!! I will jump off that bridge tomorrow if I get beans for lunch again.
The next day they all got the same thing for lunch so each jumped off the bridge and died.
There wives were inconsolable.
1st Wife : If I knew he would do that I would have never packed him sandwiches!
2nd wife : If I knew he would do that, I would have never packed him tacos!
3rd wife : If I knew he would do that, I never would have let him pack his own lunch!
A little boy found a bible so old it was covered in 12 inches of dust. He scooped away the dust and then slowly opened the ancient bible and found a leaf inside. At this, he quickly ran to his mom and said, “Look what I found mom! I think it’s Adams underwear”.
And with that, I close with the same line I have used for years of writing the JWL and what I used on the air back in the days of radio … may God continue to bless you and keep you safe. Now go out and have a great time this weekend.
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