Jim’s WebLetter for 2/28/09

Hi-ya Webfolks!

Seems my writeup last week on the netbook was a head turner for a number of JWL readers as I have received emails and blog texts about the story.  Inquiring minds want to know … which netbook is the best and what do I think about buying one over a regular laptop or desktop.  Where it’s true they seem to be the rage right now and that operating systems are making concessions for them, and computer companies are coming up with new ways to distribute them (Dell wants to partner with 3G providers to give the netbook away with a two year contract http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/27/dells-3g-smartphone-play-netbooks/), the fact is, netbooks aren’t for everyone.

I use mine primarily for meetings and for reading.  I also use it as another source for accessing Web sites I build.  Smaller screens and load time are important when building a site and I rely on the ASUS to give me another view of what I create.  I also find I can access searches faster with it than my Blackberry.  As a matter of fact, I don’t recommend Blackberry for doing a lot of web browsing.  It’s slower than WIFI and therefore takes longer to load images.  And one thing that bugs me about the “BB” is if I am pulling up a Web site and someone tries to call me, the device sometimes seems to go into panic mode trying to do two things at once.  That is a result of limited memory.  But I am not here to knock the Blackberry.  Later on, I will show you a very good app to download and use on the it.

Also in today’s JWL,  learn in five minutes,  what happened to Gmail this week, and games times two.  Here’s this week’s WebLetter!

How much can you learn in five minutes?  Learn almost anything with just a click of your mouse.  Five minutes Videopedia is the ultimate resource for how-to videos. The idea behind the site is that any solution can be visually explained in five minutes or less. With 16 categories, from home improvements to playing instruments, and everything in between, this site has instructions for life.  http://www.5min.com/

Google hit a bump in the road last Tuesday when it’s Gmail service stopped working for about four hours.  They posted an explanation on their blog that basically said the new coding they were using didn’t like the idea it was serving the mail system through another system of computers and it shut down by default.  The folks in Great Britain were greatly effected as it took place during morning rush.  But I have to say, in the years I have been using this free system, I have only encountered two times it was down for any length of time.  That’s 2.  And that’s not bad for everything you get … email with chat including video chat with photo icon and easy access to documents, calendar and mapping.  But it does beg the question, what did we do BEFORE Gmail?  Here’s the story from CNET … http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10170636-92.html

One thing that has really taken off on the Web is Flash gaming.  It’s interesting to think there are groups of people with time on their hands to develop and create games we can play online.  I could literally report on a new site every week.  This week, I will show you two of them (and skip a week).

FRN is icon driven which means you can select games from small icons with a mouse that is specific to the site itself.  When you roll over an icon, the name of the game comes up.  There are games like Mahjong and Risk, but then there are decisively asian games like Straw Hat Samurai and Flight of the Hamsters (don’t get me talking about that one!).  It’s a time killer, it’s a diversion from bordom … but the site has a game you’d find interesting.  How can you miss with 250 of them listed?  http://www.friv.com/

The second game site is Flash Tracks which features larger icons and flying games (one of my favorites). They also include Mario games and super hero games like Spiderman.  I don’t have much time to play, but when I do, I want something that loads quickly and I can play in five minutes.  This site offers that.  http://www.flashtrackz.com/

Finally, there’s a must have application for the Blackberry called QuickPull which simulates a battery pull to reset the phone’s computer system, which frees up memory and cache files allowing the computer to run more efficiently.  QuickPull also allows you to set up a schedule to automatically reboot the system.  Best of all, it’s free.  http://store.berryreview.com/product.asp?id=22989&n=QuickPull

Soon after being transferred to a new duty station, my Marine husband called home one evening to tell me he would be late. “Dirty magazines were discovered in the platoon quarters,” he said, “and the whole squad is being disciplined.”
I launched into a tirade, arguing that Marines should not be penalized for something so trivial.
My husband interrupted. “Honey, when I said ‘dirty magazines,’ I meant the clips from their rifles hadn’t been cleaned.”
(thanks, Millie)
A woman walked into my father’s carpet store. She’d just moved out of her parents’ home and needed something for her new living-room floor. “Do you know how big the room is?” Dad asked.
“Yes,” she said. “It’s 22 flip-flops long by 18 flip-flops wide. And I wear a size 8.”
(thanks, Regenia)
A young couple moved into a new neighborhood.
The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
“That laundry is not very clean,” she said. “She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.” Her husband looked on, but remained silent.
Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.
About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband: “Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?”
The husband said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”
(thanks, Frank)
When I go to casinos, the most ridiculous sign I see is the one that says: “If you have a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER.”
I thought about it for a moment and dialed the number. When they answered I said, “I have an ace and a six. The dealer has a seven. What do I do?”
(thanks, Tony)
And that’s this week’s JWL for readers and mouse clickers alike.  Thanks for your time.  Have a great weekend and remember … when you smile, people either think you know something they don’t, or you’re crazy.  Til next weekend,  may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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