Is it the sign of the times, or just some guys’ idea of spending money because they have plenty? I read this week that the Google guys have purchased a fighter jet as part of their airplane regimen. Let’s see. The stock market continues to tank driving everyone’s stocks down, including theirs which at one time was at $750 a share, to less than $325 a share. People’s 401k is a memory. Folks wanting to retire, can’t. Retirees are looking for work. Banks are closing. The “R” word is not only in this country but european and asian countries as well. And these guys buy a Russian Mig for their own collection? Is this suppose to create a confidence in our stock purchasing when the guys at the helm are blowing it on toys capable of deploying mass destruction? Word of advice, Sergey and Larry: Timing is everything. Now is not the time to be flaunting. Now is the time to be conservative. http://tinyurl.com/googleguys-jet
The other notable company, Yahoo, announced it will lay off some 1,500 workers. The layoffs, to be completed by year’s end, come on top of 1,000 job cuts announced in January that already have been carried out. http://tinyurl.com/yahoo1500
Then they turn around and announce that despite the layoffs, their plans to spend $100 million in Nebraska creating a new service center, creating 100 jobs. Maybe some of the folks being laid off would consider relocating. http://tinyurl.com/yahoo-nebraska
The computer people, Hewlett Packard, announced Monday that in the next three years, they will be laying off more than 24,000 workers. Sounds like a hugh number, until you realize that represents only 8% of their total work force. Because they recently purchased EDS (Electronic Data Systems, inc.), they are integrating their member force into the body of the H-P group. This represents one of the largest overhauls in recent history. http://tinyurl.com/hp-eds
The news isn’t all gloom and doom, tho’ JWL readers. There are lots of things happening in the Web world. Those who like to use emoticons while chatting in Gmail, you’ll find the Google people have added a bunch of new ones to the collection. http://mashable.com/2007/11/28/gmail-chat/
Online, the NY Times Tech section is one of my go-to places to learn what’s going on in the tech world. The rest of the paper may spin off into a spacial paladium, but just keep the Tech. Now I read that they soon will be converting all their video into HD using Microsoft’s Brightcove 3 player. http://tinyurl.com/nytimes-brightcove
The BBC News reported this week that South Africa’s popularity with mobile phones is helping to tackle the HIV and Aids viruses. A new system texts mobile users, reminding them to get tested. According to the report, about 350,000 people die of Aids-related diseases in the country every year. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7688268.stm
Lastly, this week I began using Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer. As an avid Firefox browser user, I like to have each of my computers equipped with the same bookmarks, so I have easy access to places I want or need to visit. This little add-on synchs up the browser the first time I use it, and literally makes the FF browser look identical no matter what machine I am using. Love it. http://www.foxmarks.com/
The place where I work decided to provide company-paid cell phones to the “suits” upstairs. After negotiating a deal with a cell phone company, we arranged for the phones to be sent to the homes of the various VIP’s.
The day after delivery, I received a call from a partner screaming about how his cell phone didn’t work. He said he charged it overnight just like the sheet said, but in the morning, it wouldn’t power up.
I asked EXACTLY what he did with the phone when he got it.
“I took it out, plugged the charger into the wall and into the phone.”
“Did you put the battery in the phone?”
“Not the extra one.”
“Sir, the phone only came with one battery.”
(Pause) “Oh, I think I figured out what’s wrong with it.”
The panic-stricken golfer charged into the clubhouse, grabbed the pro by the arm and said, “You have to help! I was on the 9th hole and I hit a terrible slice. The ball sailed right off the course and hit a guy riding a motorcycle. He lost control and swerved into the path of a truck. The truck tried to stop but jack-knifed, rolled over and broke apart. It was carrying hundreds of bee hives and now the angry bees are attacking everyone in sight. It’s awful! It’s a disaster! What should I do?”
“Well, the first thing is you’ve got to keep your arms straight and remember to get your right hand a bit more under the club.”
(thanks, John … yea, keep a level head … I get it.)
The trendy dresser fancied himself quite a ladies’ man, and was delighted to find a note pinned inside a new shirt. It contained a girl’s name and address, and asked the recipient to send a photograph. How romantic, he thought to himself, very taken with the idea of this mystery woman so eager to meet him, and promptly mailed off a note and a photo.
Heart aflutter, he opened her response.
It read, “Thanks for writing. I was just curious to see what kind of guy would buy such a goofy shirt.”
Being a teenager and getting a tattoo seem to go hand in hand these days. I wasn’t surprised when one of my daughter’s friends showed me a delicate little Japanese symbol on her hip. “Please don’t tell my parents,” she begged.
“I won’t,” I promised. “By the way, what does that stand for?”
“Honesty,” she said.
Well, WebLetter readers, that’s gonna wrap it up this week. Have a great weekend and look for the “after Halloween” WebLetter next Saturday. I’ll probably be chomping on some gum or candy by then.
As I always say, “may God continue to bless you and keep you safe”.
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