Jim’s WebLetter for 4/11/09

Hi-ya mouse clickers and touchpad pressers! It’s time to crank up the computer or turn on your cellphone to discover the best of the Web.

This is Easter weekend and a time for a celebration. Sunday morning at 7, we will be congregating at Peter’s Point here on Amelia island. You’re invited. Just look for the three crosses.

Now, here’s this week’s collection of things I’ve found to pass along to you.

Want to find out why you suddenly don’t have Internet access or cell phone service? We’ve all been there before. Well now you might want to check out the social-networking site Twitter. Seems AT&T has been using the social “call out” system to let folks in Southern California know about the status of their phone situation. Seems that someone cut cables that left a lot of businesses and residences without phone and internet service. Matter of fact, there’s a reward being offered in the fibre optic “vandalism”, as they put it. A toll free number is provided, too. http://twitter.com/ATTNews

That leads me to the next story which is preceeded by a question … “what IS Twitter, anyway?” If you haven’t heard, it’s considered as the system for letting people know what you’re doing at that particular moment through online posting and text messaging. I am currently running two Twitter accounts … one for the Shrimp Festival which is coming up at the end of this month, and First Baptist here on the island. What I am discovering is that it’s easy to twitter, but more challenging to attract followers, that is, people who are signed up to receive the “tweets”. http://www.twitter.com/shrimpfestival http://www.twitter.com/fbfirst

So, if you will remember, I mentioned of a story about the Conficker virus that may launch in infected machines April 1st. I wasn’t the only one, but certainly the one you read and as a result, made a mental note of it. Nothing happened on April Fool’s day, but those who are watching the activity reported that it seemed to have downloaded a packet and updated it’s system on April 8th. What does this mean? Who knows. But one thing is certain, at some point hundreds of thousands of computers are going to be performing tasks as a result of this worm infection. Check the story on the BBC … http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7991422.stm

Also last week, I gave you a site that is watching all the Stimulus Dollars. This week … getting to the bottom of what’s actually going on in Congress can be difficult, mostly because the average person doesn’t have access to documents and hidden information. That’s where LegiStorm comes into play. The site helps bring transparency to the people by putting information on the Web. You can find out how much money your Congressman makes, or what percent of tax dollars were spent on travel, or how many billions of dollars Congress passed in earmarks. http://legistorm.com/

Blackberry users, I have read quite a bit about the new wireless book readers like Kindle (which sells for $359 at Amazon.com). Rather than purchase that, simply download a free app that allows you to access and read books on your BB. The MobiPocket ebook Reader is easy to install and makes available books from it’s own library, plus you can access other libraries and download their books as well (i.e., Project Gutenburg at http://www.gutenberg.org has thousands of free books, including “Pride and Prejudice,” in a variety of formats). http://www.mobipocket.com/en/DownloadSoft/ProductDetailsReader.asp

Austintonian and JWL reader, Brad Jones, wrote to me about a site he discovered … “Believe it or not we are approaching thirty years since the introduction of DOS to the computing world. DOS, or Disk Operating System, paved the way to the Microsoft Vistas and Mac Leopards of today. But no measure of a operating system is more important than the games that support it. Head to this site and re-live the memories of old school gaming greatness. The site is host to more than 300 DOS-based games, all of which are free for you to download and enjoy”. Thanks, Brad! http://classicdosgames.com/

Mini-games are among the greatest inventions out there. They’re lots of fun and you can play them for hours or just a few minutes. This has to be one of the best mini-game websites out there. These are tiny games that only last a few seconds. Put dozens of these back-to-back, and you get TinyTrials. It’s very addictive. There’s only one thing to do and almost no instructions. Here’s a hint: watch the screen. If you see a mouse icon before a game starts, that means you have to use your mouse. Same for the keyboard icon. http://tinymania.com/

Top Ten Reasons to Celebrate Easter
10. You absolutely love the movie, “The Ten Commandments”.
9. You look really, really good in yellow.
8. You just went on a low cholesterol diet and didn’t want to waste all those eggs in the fridge.
7. You figure any Holiday that starts with a “Good Friday” can’t be all bad.
6. You love to bite the heads off chocolate bunnies.
5. It’s a good time to check out your neighborhood church and not be noticed.
4. You have this bunny suit you love to wear, but are too insecure to wear it without a reason.
3. Even though you don’t know what it is, you really like the sound of going to a “Passion Play.”
2. You figured since Jesus went to all THAT trouble to make it to the first Easter, you’d give it a shot.
1. As a Christian you celebrate the resurrection every other day, why not Easter too?
(thanks, Jan)
Toward the end of our senior year in high school, we were required to take a CPR course. The classes used the well known mannequin victim, Resusci-Annie, to practice. Typical of most models, this Resusci-Annie was only a torso, to allow for storage in a carrying case.
The class went off in groups to practice. As instructed, one of my classmates gently shook the doll and asked “Are you all right?” He then put his ear over the mannequin’s mouth to listen for breathing.
Suddenly he turned to the instructor and exclaimed, “She said she can’t feel her legs!”
(thanks, Mike)
A Letter to the Bank …
Dear Sirs,
In view of current developments in the banking market, if one of my checks is returned marked “insufficient funds,”
does that refer to me or to you?
(thanks, Betty)
“I’d like the telephone number of the Theater Guild.”
“One moment, please. I’m sorry, sir. I have no listing for a Theodore Guild.”
“No, no. It isn’t a person. It’s an organization. It’s Theater Guild.”
“I told you, sir, I have no listing for a Theodore Guild.”
“Not Theodore! Theater! The word is theater! T-H-E-A-T-E-R!”
“That, sir, is not the way Theodore is spelled.”
(thanks, Dan)
And that wraps it up this weekend, friends. Have a good one and remember to celebrate the risen One. Til next weekend, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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