Jim’s WebLetter for 1/10/09

Hi-ya friends!

Hope you had a good week. Here are a few things I discovered over the last few days I thought you should know and a few to enjoy as I did. A kind of “word to the wise” which is followed by “words of wit”. See what you think …

CNET news reported on Thursday that there is a fake CNN website you can be led to as a result of an email you may receive alerting you to a news story. When you follow the link, you will end up on a site that looks very much like CNN with a story for you to watch online. When you click on the link, you will receive a popup asking you to download the latest version of Adobe flash. If you do, you will instead receive software that will pass on any sensitive material and history in your computer, including financial records and passwords. Remember, if you are not a subscriber to CNN news releases, don’t open that email and click the link.

Why do you want to ensure that the cellphone you give your kids has GPS tracking installed? Just ask the parents of Natalie Maltais. The Massachusetts 9-year-old was kidnapped by her grandmother. But officers used the tracking device coupled with Google’s Street View to pinpoint the hotel where she was being held. The name of the hotel was on the picture provided by Street View, so it was a matter of alerting the officers in the area, who swept in and rescued the youngster. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7820984.stm

Free downloads still get my attention and while many are not worth the time to investigate, there are a few not only worth trying but, must have. Here are two you should check out: (NOTE: these two downloads are considered virus-free, but always ensure your computer’s antivirus program is up to date.)

SUPER is just that … super. This free download allows you to change the format of a file to another format. Take for instance you find a video you want to convert to an mp3 so you can listen on your player. Download the video, drag and drop it into the converter, click the Encode button and watch it’s progress on a green bar. It’s fast and can convert video files, audio files and text files to a multitude of different formats.
This link tells you all about the software: http://www.erightsoft.net/S6Kg1.html
This link is the direct download of the file: http://www.erightdeal.com/GetFile.php?SUPERsetup.exe

Paint.net is a free program that allows for photo touch-ups, special effects, and like SUPER, offers free upgrades as they become available. The program is very intuitive and is so easy to use, it’s worth the download just to try it. http://www.getpaint.net/download.html

Online, Bomomo is a gyroscope-type game with a lot more tools to paint with than just the gyroscope brush. It is very simple to use … click on a brush type and then move the swirling bubbly cursor overthe screen to make a picture. Once you’re done you can wipe the canvas clear to start again, or save your work straight to the hard drive to use as a back drop or whatever you have in mind. There is no registration necessary … http://bomomo.com/

As blogging continues to grow, so do the subjects for which blogs are created. Here’s a blog on oddities: the odd, bizarre, and strange things of our world. Some of the subjects might be a bit over the top for you, but most are the funniest, most head shaking subjects you can imagine. You may find yourself watching these with mouth open in a smile not believing what you’re seeing … http://www.oddee.com/

Working as a computer instructor for an adult-education program at a community college, I am keenly aware of the gap in computer knowledge between my younger and older students.
My observations were confirmed the day a new student walked into our library area and glanced at the encyclopedia volumes stacked on a bookshelf.
“What are all these books?” he asked.
Somewhat surprised, I replied that they were encyclopedias.
“Really?” he said. “Someone printed out the whole thing?”
(thanks, Reggie)
From Belgium:
Why do ducks have webbed feet?
To stamp out fires.
Why do elephants have flat feet?
To stamp out burning ducks
(thanks Jorge)
There was once a snail who was sick and tired of his reputation for being so slow. He decided to get some fast wheels to make up the difference. After shopping around a while, he decided that the Datson 240-Z was the car to get. So the snail goes to the nearest Datsun dealer and says he wants to buy the 240-Z, but he wants it repainted “240-S”.
The dealer asks, “Why ‘S’?”
The snail replies, “‘S’ stands for snail. I want everybody who sees me roaring past to know who’s driving.”
Well, the dealer doesn’t want to lose the unique opportunity to sell a car to a snail, so he agrees to have the car repainted for a small fee.
The snail gets his new car and spent the rest of his days roaring happily down the highway at top speed. And whenever anyone would see him zooming by, they’d say “Wow! Look at that S-car go!”
(thanks, Roger)
During an attack of laryngitis I lost my voice completely for two days. To help me communicate with him, my husband devised a system of taps.
One tap meant, “Give me a kiss.”
Two taps meant “Yes,”
Seven taps meant “No.”
And 95 taps meant “Take out the garbage.”
(thanks, Laura)
And that’s this week’s collection of things to see and do, JWL readers. Have a great weekend and may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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