Jim’s WebLetter for 3/21/09

Hi-ya Webfriends!

As the outrage continues over the AIG issue (bonus or no bonus), there was a story that made the news, but many didn’t take notice. The maker of Flip video cameras was bought by Cisco Systems for $590 million. I own two of their cameras and love them for their portability, ease of use, good sound reproduction and video editing. I used my Flip Mino HD to film the car show last week. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTUdHgC4OcI What is important to note here is this was a humble little company, “which bested the Asian companies that dominate the camera industry from an office located above the Gump’s department store in the heart of San Francisco” as the NY Times put it. Pure Digital, the makers of Flip, prove that American inginuity is still alive and well.

Another major event that took place this week is the official launch of Internet Explorer 8. The primary interest for the browser will be better security. The new features are overshadowed by the fact that the browser is still a bit buggy and, according to a report in the blog Electronista, still not as hot a property as Firefox 3. If you are still clinging to your IE browser, as I know several who are, it’s best to upgrade to the newer version … especially if you use online banking or credit card purchases. The added security will help protect you from internet theft. But for my money (and by the way it’s free) Firefox gets the job done, hands down. http://www.electronista.com/articles/09/03/20/ie8.launch.stats/

Seems like everybody is Facebooking these days. Facebook, the social attraction on the web, is getting a lot of attention. I have a page, too … but I don’t put anything on the web that I would have wished I hadn’t done … even in private. Seems yesterday a group of users discovered an issue that allows users to gain access to the private area of a user’s account. As Jason Kinkaid wrote, “The new bug allowed users to temporarily bypass these Limited Friends Lists, instead displaying profiles in their entirety, including photos and wall posts. Given the personal and often unprofessional nature of some photos and messages shared on Facebook, this was a potentially damaging security lapse”. It has been reported. http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/20/facebook-bug-reveals-private-photos-wall-posts/

So, a show of mouse-held hands … how many of you watched something on YouTube this week? Yea, I know … me too. Next to Google, this is becoming a great place to search for answers to how-to issues. Try it … from plumbing to gardening. Looking for a destination getaway? Yep, YouTube it and find places to visit by people who have been and took videos of it. Sure, there are a lot of videos that aren’t worth watching … poorly shot, amateurish and inane. But more than not, you will discover why so many people watch what’s online. My wife and I are actually getting a couple of days off this week and are heading south to Disney. I typed in “Disney World” into the search and was indexed with pages of videos of the different rides, theme parks and adventures. YouTube is also becoming a great search for folks relocating. Just search your new town or city and find videos from those who have been or are living there. Now there’s Quietube, a new tool to enhance the YouTube watching experience. The idea is that you can watch just the video with none of the other YouTube page elements. To do this you simply add its bookmarklet to your browser’s bookmarks toolbar, and click it on any YouTube page. The only drawback is you can’t expand the video to full screen, but it’s not a bad tradeout for losing all the extra stuff that YT pages include … http://quietube.com/

Here’s another online music player for your bookmark collection. It’s been awhile since I reported on a place you can go, type in the song you want to hear, and listen to it online, for free (no edits, no “short versions”). Grooveshark quite simply allows you access to a vast collection of music by artists young and old. Name the song, even just a piece, and the search device will locate and give you a selection to choose from. Very “groovy”, if you know what I mean. http://listen.grooveshark.com/

Wanna play a game on your Blackberry? Tetris fans will find Tiltris equally challenging and easy to download and install. Just mobile http://wireless.getjar.com/mobile/, then select Quick Download and enter the number 51216.

Frustrated at my attempts to find something suitable for my diminutive daughter to wear that didn’t look like something for a child, I approached a rather harried-looking saleswoman.
“What do you have for a petite woman about five feet tall, around 95 to 100 pounds?” I asked.
The short, pleasantly plump clerk looked at me with a rueful smile. “Nothing but contempt,” she said.
(thanks, Toni)
This is the true story of George Phillips of Meridian, Mississippi, who was going to bed when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the shed. George opened the door to go turn off the light but saw there were people in the shed in the process of stealing things.
He immediately phoned the police, who asked “Is someone in your house?” and George said no and explained the situation. Then they explained that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be there when available.
George said, “Okay,” hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again.
“Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people in my shed. Well, you don’t have to worry about them now because I’ve just shot them all.”
Then he hung up. Within five minutes three squad cars, an Armed Response unit, and an ambulance showed up. Of course, the police caught the burglars red-handed.
One of the policemen said to George: “I thought you said that you’d shot them!”
George said, “I thought you said there was nobody available!”
(thanks, Henry)
Someone saw a blonde eating a Tootsie Roll Pop and asked her, “So, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll – Tootsie Pop?”
Without a thought, the blonde replied, “Beats me, but it took almost the whole day just to lick through the wrapper.”
(thanks, Jack)
My wife said, “Whatcha doin’ today?”
I said “Nothin’.”
She said, “You did that yesterday.”
I said, “I wasn’t finished.”
(thanks, Dan)
OK, that’s gonna do it for this week, friends. Thanks for the input. The last joke is something l’d like to do today … nothin’. So I’ll conclude by praying that God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

Oh, yea … with my wife and I taking off a couple of days this week, there won’t be a JWL in the email or on the blog next weekend. I will have something coming your way the first weekend in April, tho’.

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