Jim’s WebLetter for 11/8/08

Hi-ya Webfriends!

Some week, huh? The nation elected a President at a time when we see more businesses reporting problems, the stock market dipping lower and it was reported a quarter million people lost their jobs. Taking the latter first, if you are one of the unemployed, take heart … there are more chances for finding a new job now then ever before, thanks to the Web. With thousands of people competing for jobs, your resume has to stand out, then you must shine in the first interview. VisualCV solves both for you … securely and online … it’s a resume, video, pictures and portfolio all rolled into one. The website offers ideas to help you stand out from the crowd. It’s free to register.

Last night both CBS and ABC news reported that certain industries are doing well during this recession. Among them, healthcare and the government are both hiring. If you’re looking, Google it. Good luck.

On the matter of the new President-elect, Senator Obama made a lot of promises during his campaign for embracing the internet and, among other things, creating a new position in the cabinet called Chief of Technology, thereby centralizing the efforts of the Bush administration but also pushing for more security and a big issue, net neutrality. He has also pledged upwards of $150 billion toward a better technology during his administration. With advisors like Google and IBM, Obama has set a goal of a better “Web for American” (my words, not his). Of course, it remains to be seen as the economy and the wars in Iraq and Afghanastan will certainly be taking up more of his time. One thing is certain, statistics are pointing to the fact that if the voice of the Web had not spoken out for Senator Obama, the outcome of the election would have been much closer, if not a win for Senator McCain. In the future, candidates for office will have to embrace the “new media”. It’s cheaper, more efficient, and has proven to be a real factor in the final outcome.

And speaking about media on the Web …

Whether you know it or not, the majority of videos shown online is powered by Adobe’s flash software. Microsoft is trying to even the playing field with the latest release of their video player, Silverlight. The primary problem with videos online is the visual quality, and with the effort to lead video to look as good as broadcast TV, Microsoft showed the world that the Olympics can look almost as good online as on the tube. The new Flash offers 3-D-like video possibilities, with a cleaner and crisper video quality. It makes for a better “looking” future. http://tinyurl.com/silverlight-flash

The flash that JWL reader, John Welch, recommended to me is a “flash-back” to the 60’s. It runs about five minutes and is one baby boomer’s presentation of life when we were kids. Click the link and sit back, enjoy the music and read the factoid. http://cruzintheavenue.com/TakeMeBackToTheSixties.htm

Whether you’re an amateur or professional musician, ditch expensive composition software and check out Noteflight. It’s a composition community that lets you put together musical scores right in your browser. The service’s composition tools are really simple to use. Instead of requiring a MIDI keyboard to enter notes, you can simply plug them in with your keyboard and/or mouse. Each note can be modified with a simple drop down menu that follows you as you move around the page. It also contains an option to change pitch, note length, and the tempo. With some practice, you can dig a little deeper with things like key and time signatures, and bar line styles. http://www.noteflight.com/

Finally, Noel Connell, a JWL reader in the UK sent me a link to a site that’s popular in his country which features an article on speeding up the Firefox browser. In the “8 hacks to make Firefox ridiculously fast”, there is step-by-step methods to improving the performance of the already fast browser. http://www.pcanswers.co.uk/node/4627


A Sunday School teacher was telling the story of the Good Samaritan to her class of 4 & 5 year-olds. She was making it as vivid as possible to keep the children interested in her tale.
At one point, she asked the class, “If you saw a person lying on the roadside all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?”
A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, “I think I’d throw up.”
(thanks, Tony)
Two gas company servicemen, a senior training supervisor and a young trainee, were out checking meters in a suburban neighborhood. They parked their truck the end of the alley and worked their way to the other end. At the last house, a woman looking out her kitchen window watched the two men as they checked her gas meter. Finishing the meter check, the senior supervisor challenged his younger coworker to a foot race down the alley back to the truck to prove that an older guy could outrun a younger one. As they came running up to the truck, they realized the lady from that last house was huffing and puffing right behind them. They stopped and asked her what was wrong.
Gasping for breath, she replied, “When I see two men from the gas company running as hard as you two were, I figured I’d better run too!”
(thanks, Ian)
On many U.S. Navy ships the movie screen is suspended amid-ship so that it can be viewed from both sides. This procedure makes it available to larger crowds at popular movies, but usually the junior officers get a reverse image from “the wrong side of the screen.”
One evening at dinnertime an enterprising young ensign passed the following word over the officer’s IMC circuit: “The movie to be shown in the wardroom tonight for the senior officers is on the right side of the screen – The Left-Handed Gun, starring Paul Newman.”
“For the junior officers on the wrong side of the screen – The Right-Handed Gun, starring Namwen Luap.”
(thanks, Tim)
Last summer my wife and I met a couple who were friends of my wife at a restaurant. After lunch, the women decided to go shopping, and I invited the man to go sailing. While we were out on the water, a storm blew up. The tide had gone out, and we were down wind trying to work our way back through a narrow channel. At one point the boat grounded and we had to climb overboard and shove with all our might to get it back in deep water.
As my new friend stood there, ankle deep in muck, the wind blowing his hair wildly, rain streaming down his face, he grinned at me, and with unmistakable sincerity said, “Sure beats shopping.”
(thanks, Howard)
That’s it this week. Thanks for your time and the submissions.
Til next week, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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