Jim’s WebLetter for 10/18/08

Hi-ya JWL friends!

Lots to report today as there is a virus going around in emails, a couple of studies I found interesting and I think you will too, an update to a free software package, more places to buy and sell stuff online, the death of a magazine site, and jokes sent to me from folks like you … all in this week’s edition of Jim’s WebLetter.

There’s a Trojan Horse virus being spread in a fake Microsoft email. You may have had a notice when closing down your Windows computer this week of upgrades (7 of them). That was MS downloading and installing protection against other critical vulnerabilities. This virus is a notification you may receive in your email.

A study at the University of California at Los Angeles concludes that using the internet is good for brain activity in middle age and elder adults. According to the study, the researchers say this might even help to counteract the age-related physiological changes that cause the brain to slow down. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7667610.stm

Are you looking for the fastest browser? One that will load the desired page you’re trying to reach? In his report, CNET’s Stephen Shankland used a benchmark tester known as SunSpider to test the leading browsers on the market. The result may surprise you. If you’re still using Internet Explorer, you may decide to switch after reading this report.

Folks attempting to download the new version of Open Office discovered problems with the website this week. Seems the high traffic caused a crash. “OO.org 3.0” is struggling to keep up with the demand. After all, if you had a choice between plopping down a hundred bucks or so for Microsoft Office and downloading the free Open Office, what would you do? Keep trying because the OO people feel your pain. http://education.zdnet.com/?p=1895

As time changes, E-Bay sellers are leaving the once #1 site for sales for others. In this Mashable piece, Sean Aune lists 17 sites worth your time whether you’re buying or selling. http://mashable.com/2008/10/14/ebay-alternatives/

After showing you a place to read magazines online a few weeks back, it seems now that between law suites and lack of financial support, they have closed their doors and closed down the website.


My husband and I had just finished tucking our five young ones into bed one evening when we heard sobbing coming from three-year-old Billy’s room.
Rushing to his side, we found him crying hysterically. He had accidentally swallowed a penny and was sure he was going to die. No amount of talking could change his mind.
Desperate to calm him, my husband palmed a penny that he happened to have in his pocket and pretended to pull it from Billy’s ear.
Billy was delighted. In a flash, he snatched it from my husband’s hand, swallowed it and demanded cheerfully, “Do it again, Dad!”
(thanks, Toni)
A new soldier was on sentry duty at the main gate. His orders were clear. No vehicle was to enter unless it had the proper sticker on the windshield.
Now, a huge Army car came up with a General seated in the back. The sentry yelled, “Halt, who goes there?”
The chauffeur, says, “General Wheeler.”
“I’m sorry, I can’t let you through. You’ve got to have a sticker on the windshield.”
The General said, “Drive on!”
The sentry said, “Hold it! You really can’t come through. I have orders to shoot if you try driving on without your sticker.”
The General repeated, “I’m telling you, Corporal, drive on!”
The sentry walked up to the rear window with the gun at the ready and said, “General, I’m new at this. Do I shoot you or the driver?”
(thanks, Robert)
No one is more cautious than a first-time parent. After our daughter was big enough to ride on the back of my bicycle, I bought a special carrier with a seat belt and got her a little helmet. The day of the first ride I put her in the seat, double-checked all the equipment, wheeled the bike to the end of the driveway, carefully looked both ways and, swinging my leg up over the crossbar, accidentally kicked her in the chin.
(thanks, Frank … the “mark” will go away in time! Or as my dad says, “it’ll heal before she gets married”.)
– Two can live a cheaply and one can play golf.
– You can always tell the golfers in church. When they put their hands together to pray, the use an interlocking grip.
– Sign on Scottish Hills Golf Club: Members will refrain from picking up lost balls until they have stopped rolling.
– My doctor told me to play 36 holes a day. So I went out and bought a harmonica.
(thanks, Marty)
And that’s a week’s peek through the computer screen, friends and neighbors. Have a great weekend and I’ll show you something else next weekend. Til then, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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