Jim’s WebLetter for 11/1/08


Well it’s coming down to the wire and in a couple of days, the election will be held for a new president. You’ve undoubtedly heard all the good and bad, ins and outs, stories and lies about each candidate. Now, unless you already voted in early balloting, you must decide who you want to lead our nation for the next term. Will it be a young man who has dreams and hopes, or an older man who has experiences to fill a lifetime. Whoever you vote for, I ask you to vote. You may be part of the population who claims there’s no one to vote for. In many ways, you are right. But people like me didn’t risk our lives fighting for this country just so Americans can be apathetic to fundamental human rights. On Tuesday, November 4th, take the time to cast your ballot. Remember, too, there are other issues on that ballot, depending on where you live. Just remember this, if you don’t vote, you have no voice when the decisions are made. You have no reason to chime in when the newly elected president goofs up or, by chance, does something right. I will be at the polls. Will you?

It’s recall time again. Laptop batteries are being recalled for Sony, HP, Toshiba and Dell computers that were built back around 2004-2005. The story from Wired.com includes the list of laptops with possible problem batteries. http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/10/laptop-fires-pr.html

There’s a Trojan Horse that’s been working behind the scenes on hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide for more than two years capturing bank records and sending them back to it’s database. The BBC reports that even though it’s being tracked, it’s still a threat. That’s why it’s important to continue running system checks using programs like Advanced Windows Care and Spybot S&D, and keeping your anti-virus program up-to-date. And, as the story points out, because the virus is spread by visiting certain websites, everyone needs to “think before you link”. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7701227.stm

Last weekend I took a leap of faith. I have been reading alot about the new mini-pc’s that are coming out, and when I saw that Best Buy had the new Asus for under $300, I purchased one. The Asus eee PC 900a is a Linux operated system with preset icons for easy access. The system is a fast on-fast off system that runs quietly and efficiently. With it, I have wireless access to the web, email, Skype phone, and it comes with Star Office 8.0 with documents, spreadsheets and a host of other software features. The mini includes video, photo and music managers and allows for recording sound with either it’s built-in microphone or attachment for external mic. And speaking of extermal, it has three USB ports for attaching a mouse, printer and even larger keyboard. It also has a port for attaching a larger monitor, and a wire jack for broadband internet. There’s a port for SD cards which means you can import video and photo taken on a camera, or use it as extra hard drive space. Clearly, this is not a computer for everyone, but for those who travel, the 2 pound – 9 inch size is a welcome relief to the 10 pound laptop I carried all over Ireland earlier this year. http://tinyurl.com/asus-eee900a

Well, Comcast came out with a bandwidth limit on what their users could use each month, and now other carriers are looking to follow suit as more and more of us are watching videos online, which costs the companies more to provide. The NY Times reports that the “unlimited plans” may have a limited time after all. Are we surprised? Just this week I received a card in the mail from AT&T telling me if I didn’t call a number and opt out, that they would sell my private information to third party vendors. Yea, I made that call. It’s true companies are feeling the pinch of tighter budgets and that trickle down effect will reach us, their users, at a time when everyone is paying more for less. http://tinyurl.com/bandwidth-issues

Stan Schroeder, a writer for Mashable, wrote recently about new service that allows you to research YouTube for music. Using StreamDrag, a simple music search engine that draws its collection from YouTube’s massive database. “A nice option is the playlist; stack a bunch of tracks together and you’ve got yourself a party. This can be done in YouTube and other third party tools, but it’s extremely simple in StreamDrag; click on the “+” icon next to the song and it’s added to the playlist (to return to the search results, just click on “playlist” again). Everything else on the site is very straightforward: you’ve got play/pause, stop, rwd and ffwd buttons, as well as a repeat and sound on/off switches.” If you’re looking for a song you haven’t heard in years, no matter what genre, you’ll likely find it on YouTube. Here’s the story … http://mashable.com/2008/10/31/free-online-music-youtube-streamdrag/ And here’s the link to the music search engine … http://streamdrag.com/

Finally this week, whenever I get a chance and need a change, I like to play a game. I’m pretty adamate about the type of game, tho’. I like to play chess, I like some sports games, solitaire and I like some type of competition that doesn’t blow up or shoot down the opponent. I was playing Miniclip games years ago when then included online Pacman and MiniClip Rally. This site has definitely come a long way. You’ll find practically anything to play on the site now (including blowing up or shooting your opponent). After this, I think I’m heading back to MiniClip … http://www.miniclip.com/games/en/

Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday School.
‘Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea , he had his army build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then he radioed headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved.’
‘Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?’ his mother asked
‘Well, no, Mom. But, if I told it the way the teacher did, you’d never believe it!’
(thanks, Jeryl)
If you have an “Automotive Minded” Person in you life, these gift suggestions should be considered.
1. Tire Air Change Kit. This kit comes with everything you need to change the air in your tires. This highly recommended but often overlooked maintenance item is much easier now. Remember to change your air every 3000 miles or twice a year. $25
2. Blinker Fluid. You knew it existed but, WOW, is this stuff hard to find. 4oz bottle. $12
3. Synthetic Blinker Fluid. Better yet! 4oz bottle. $24
4. Light Bulb Filaments. Why throw away a perfectly good turn signal or stop light bulb when you can just install a new filament? Premium Filaments, made in the USA! $1 ea.
5. Manifold Heat. Yes, your exhaust manifold should be HOT. If it’s not, you may need this item. Sold by the pound. $3.50
6. Steering Wheel Gaskets. All SIZES available! Email for specific application. From $9.99
7. Tie Rod Tensioner. Is your tie rod limp? Tension it with T-50! $14.99
8. Alternator Batteries. (4 required, replace them all!) From $2.99
9. Fan Belt Buckles. Specify brass or chrome. Gold available special order. $14.99
10. Muffler Bearing Manual. Print version $59.95
11. Muffler Bearing Manual. CD version $49.99
12. Universal Muffler Bearing Tool Kit $105.59
13. Muffler Bearing Hi Temp Synthetic Lube (the only kind we sell!) $40.24
14. Muffler Bearings From $19.95
15. Muffler Bearing Gasket Kits From $9.99
16. Momentum (required for tackling some off road obstacles). Sold by the lb-ft/sec $0.50
17. Mirror Image Flipper Film. Did you know that the image you see in your rear view mirrors are reversed! This is a manufacturing flaw that the auto companies have kept secret for years as the recall would cost BILLIONS! This film can be cut and placed over any mirror to correct the image. Now you’ll be able to read signs in the rear view mirror! $5 per square ft.
(thanks, Howard)
“You think so much of your game that you don’t even remember when we got married,” complained the wife.
“Of course I do honey,” the husband said. “It was the day after I sank that 40-foot putt.”
(thanks, Ellen)
“Grandpa, I’m really proud of you,” said the modish young lady.
“What’s to be proud of?” asked the old man.
The young lady replied, “I noticed that when you sneeze, you put your hand in front of your mouth.”
“Of course,” explained Grandpa. “How else can I catch my teeth???”
(thanks, Frank)
Thank you for your time and for those of you who sent in information and humor. I could never write jokes like that. Of course, I’m not sure I would WANT to! Hey, have a great weekend and, til next, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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