It’s Saturday morning and at this time of the morning it might be quiet in the house, but on the World Wide Web … things are busy! Let me give you some examples to follow as I discovered more of the best of the Web in today’s edition of Jim’s WebLetter …
What’s going to be the next big thing in online social networks? Video chat. OK, so many of you just said to yourself, “come on, Jim, that’s already going on in Gmail”, and you would be correct. But it really hasn’t taken off yet. Most of us are content to just text or send emails to each other. The younger demographic groups use their cellphone, the older groups use computers. But everything I am reading now suggests that video chat will soon be everywhere.
In order to cut the costs of sending sales reps and executives to meet with clients and other corporations, large companies are using boardroom style video chats, but these still come with a cost. But TokBox offers video and texting at no cost. Couple that with a Facebook account, and you have a pretty powerful combination. Just go to TokBox, and sign up for an account. The application is very easy to install. Once you load the application, and go to your Facebook account and open Facebook Chat, you’ll see a ToxBox link below next to the names of users who have the capability to chat. Click the link, the ToxBox flash application loads and you are ready to go. http://www.tokbox.com
By the way, again this week, Google’s Gmail hiccupped and failed for almost two hours. While it was reported it effected only about 14% of the total usership, it was significant enough that the reports were fast and furious. I understand that almost everyone has a gmail account and that number is weighing on the Google servers, but come on guys … this is the second time in the past few weeks. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/05/15/BUPE17KKIJ.DTL&type=tech
With conventional television getting ready to go into reruns (many of the programs are showing their final shows of the series this and next week), the search is on to find something to fill the void. Here’s where it gets interesting. Last year, Hulu was the big site to see filled with classic shows and hundreds of movies. This year, while they’re still the one to beat, dozens of websites have opened up with most notable, YouTube, showing reruns and movies. Googling “online movies and TV shows” revealed page after page of sites with movies available. Many come with a download you must install before watching. My favorite? For a second year, hands down … http://www.hulu.com
Finally, the World’s Smallest car was reported this week. This bloke in England set out to create the smallest car with the use of an old toy and a motor from an ATV. What he ended up with is, well … interesting. The video and story is online at Wired, but the real story is found on the English tabloid, The Sun. I’m sure it’s something I could never get into, but it’s functionality and it’s street-legal status give it something to behold. http://www.wired.com/autopia/2009/05/smallest/
A fellow was invited to the home of some old friends for dinner. His buddy preceded every request to his wife by endearing terms, calling her Honey, My Love, Darling, Sweetheart, Pumpkin, etc.
The guest was impressed since the couple had been married almost 70 years, and while the wife was off in the kitchen he said to his friend, “I think it’s wonderful that after all the years you’ve been married, you still call your wife those pet names.”
His buddy hung his head. “To tell you the truth, I forgot her name about ten years ago.”
“Dear,” said the wife. “What would you do if I died?”
“Why, dear, I would be extremely upset,” said the husband. “Why do you ask such a question?”
“Would you remarry?” persevered the wife.
“No, of couse not, dear,” said the husband.
“Don’t you like being married?” said the wife.
“Of course I do, dear,” he said.
“Then why wouldn’t you remarry?”
“Alright,” said the husband, “I’d remarry.”
“You would?” said the wife, looking vaguely hurt.
“Yes,” said the husband.
“Would you sleep with her in our bed?” said the wife after a long pause.
“Well yes, I suppose I would.” replied the husband.
“I see,” said the wife indignantly. ” And would you let her wear my old clothes?”
“I suppose, if she wanted to,” said the husband.
“Really,” said the wife icily. “And would you take down the pictures of me and replace them with pictures of her?”
“Yes. I think that would be the correct thing to do.”
“Is that so?” said the wife, leaping to her feet. “And I suppose you’d let her play with my golf clubs, too.”
“Of course not, dear,” said the husband. “She’s left-handed.”
During a magazine and newspaper subscription drive, our son Philip, a paperboy, learned about good salesmanship.
His supervisor had instructed the kids to maintain a positive attitude, even when turned down. One potential customer told Philip, “I’ve got papers and magazines strewn all over the place — I don’t need any more.”
Philip’s reply? “Well, how about a subscription to Good Housekeeping?”
I hate people who forward too many warnings as much as anyone, but this one is important!
Send this warning to everyone you know, friends and enemies!
If someone comes to your front door saying they are conducting a survey on deer ticks and asks you to take your clothes off and dance around, do not do it!
IT IS A SCAM; they only want to see you naked!
I wish I’d gotten this yesterday. I feel so stupid now.
(thanks, Rich… I think)
And that’s a wrap on another week’s worth of Web watching, friends and neighbors. Have a great weekend and may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.
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