Jim’s WebLetter for 2/14/09

Hi-ya friends! And happy Valentine’s Day.

Well, last weekend, as a result of the story I wrote about Blackberry Storm’s buy one get one free, my wife and I now own the new phones. It’s taking some getting used to, but so far I really like the Google group that was an easy download and set up, including Gmail, Maps, Calendar, YouTube, and Sync. In the future I will be offering download ideas to others who have taken advantage of the BOGO offer (it ends at the end of March).

This old radio head still keeps tabs on what’s happening on the air and this week the word went out that Sirius radio is in trouble. After buying up XM last year, it seems the economy has hurt the satellite system and they are going bankrupt. So who’s interested in buying them? The same people I watch my TV by … DirecTV’s EchoStar. In my humble but accurate opinion, if they were to blow Howard Stern and his $50 million dollar price tag off the system, that would help. I don’t care how many people you have listening … you aren’t worth that kind of money, Bubba. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/12/business/media/12radio.html?_r=1&ref=technology

The BBC reports that Microsoft is placing a bounty on the creator(s) of the computer worm that has infected millions of computers worldwide. $250,000 is being offered by the software giant in efforts to grab the culprit who created what may be termed as the worst virus to ever hit Windows computers since it’s inception. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7887577.stm

Google announced its “Doodle 4 Google 2009” competition Tuesday. According to the company, all kindergarten through 12th grade U.S. students can design a Google logo based on the theme, “What I wish for the world.” Applications will be accepted until March 31 and the winner’s doodle will be displayed on Google’s homepage on May 21. The winner will receive a $15,000 college scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for their school. Google will also award a school district $10,000 for the “greatest quality participation.” Student drawings will be evaluated by a panel of independent judges and Google employees. http://www.google.com/doodle4google/

Looking for a how-to solution? Need a do it yourself question answered? Find short, practical how to videos, instructional videos and DIY solutions at 5min.com. And as many videos as are listed, the best feature about them has to be the company’s video player. Unlike some players that only let you play, stop, rewind, and fast-forward a clip, 5min’s video player lets you zoom in, proceed frame-by-frame, and run the video in slow motion so you don’t miss any steps. That feature comes in especially handy when you watch a video on a complex topic and the expert is moving too fast in their instruction. http://www.5min.com/

Finally, SnapMyLife is a place where you can share your day in photos, keep up with friends or family, or just see someone’s life on the other side of the world. Sign up now to post a photo, comment on pictures, or make a “friends” list of people whose pictures you like. According to the website, “SnapMyLife is a fun and interactive place for sharing photos, but unlike some other sites, we are not an online chat/flirt/dating service. Have fun exploring the photos, and please respect other users”. In short, an easy sign up form and dedicated email address give you an account you can attach and send your photos which will be posted and shown to your friends. It’s so easy, a child could do it … http://www.snapmylife.com/

Arcelor-Mittal Steel, feeling it was time for a shakeup, hired a new CEO. The new boss was determined to rid the
company of all slackers. On a tour of the facilities, the CEO noticed a guy just standing around and leaning against a wall. The room was full of workers and he wanted to let them know that he meant business. He asked the guy, “How much money do you make a week?”
A little surprised, the young man looked at him and replied, “I make $400 a week. Why?”
The CEO told him, “Wait right here.” He then walked back to his office, came back in two minutes and handed the guy $1,600 in cash and screamed, “Here’s four weeks’ pay, now GET OUT and don’t come back.”
Feeling pretty good about himself, the CEO looked around the room and asked, “Does anyone want to tell me what that goof-ball did here?”
From across the room came a voice, “Pizza delivery guy from Domino’s.”
(thanks Jeryl)
Jones applied to a collection agency for a job, but he had no experience. He was so intense that the manager gave him a tough account with the promise that if he collected it, he’d get the job.
Two hours later, Jones came back with the entire amount.
“Amazing!” the manager said. “How did you do it?”
“Easy,” Jones replied. “I told him if he didn’t pay up, I’d tell all his other creditors that he paid us.”
(thanks Jack … good advice!)
Squirrels had overrun three churches in town. After much prayer, the elders of the first church determined that the animals were predestined to be there. Who were they to interfere with God’s will? they reasoned. Soon, the squirrels multiplied.
The elders of the second church, deciding that they could not harm any of God’s creatures, humanely trapped the squirrels and set them free outside of town. Three days later, the squirrels were back.
It was only the third church that succeeded in keeping the pests away. The elders baptized the squirrels and registered them as members of the church. Now they only see them on Christmas and Easter.
(thanks, John)
A poodle and a collie were walking down the street. The poodle turned to the collie and complained, “My life is a mess. My owner is mean, my girlfriend is having an affair with a German shepherd, and I’m nervous as a cat.”
“Why don’t you go see a psychiatrist?” asked the collie.
“I can’t,” replied the poodle. “I’m not allowed on the couch.”

Q: Why are dogs such bad dancers?
A: They have two left feet.
(thanks, Robert … I think)
And that’s this week’s collection of seen and be seen on the Web. Thanks for you time, your emails and for those who signed up to get this each week. Until next, have a great time on the Web and may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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