Hi-ya friends! It’s June and we begin the month with all sorts of things to look forward to … warmer weather, weddings, and anniversaries. Mine is coming up in two weeks, along with some much-needed R&R in the Smoky Mountains. Til then, here are a few things I discovered this week while working on the Web:

Among the Web news stories this week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made comments to Bloomberg News that because of higher corporate taxes proposed by the Obama Administration, “a sensible thing for Microsoft to do would be to move jobs offshore”. He suggests possibly Dublin, Ireland. Can you imagine Microsoft moving to another country? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it (the new Obama tax) will “impede growth in the U.S. economy, (and) cause the loss of jobs.” So, has anyone said anything to the President about this? I guess it’s kinda hard doing that when he spends his time warming up to foreign Muslim leaders. http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-309097.html

Now for something absolutely new … YouTube has gone TV. Check out the new interface designed for the bigger screen … it’s black background makes the video “pop” on the screen. YouTube removed the “comments” section and just gives you the search device and video possibilities to choose from on the right side. Full screen viewing is still available, but when you do, the photo becomes more blurred from pixelization. Someday, YouTube will go all-high density and become a real competition to regular TV. Until then, this is a step in the right direction. http://www.youtube.com/xl

Speaking of new, data from monitoring service StatCounter suggests that Bing, Microsoft’s new decision engine, has overtaken Yahoo Search as the number two search service in the U.S. and worldwide in large part thanks to stealing market share from leader Google. Looking at other stats, that claim may not necessarily be true, but one thing’s a fact … Bing has arrived. Bing has a few new features to searching that make it desireable including a video search of the subject or person you are researching. Try putting in a person’s name and click the video link. Almost instantly, your page becomes full of videos that you can simply mouse over to see clips of the individual videos. As a decision making engine, you can ask questions like “where can I find the cheapest gas prices”? http://www.bing.com/

All this leads to the big story for TV watchers … June 12th the television stations are all switching to digital signals. That means anyone who hasn’t yet converted to digital reception will be unable to watch their favorite shows on their TV screens. Of course, if you use cable or satellite receivers, you are already set and have been watching digital television for some time. It’s the folks with the rabbit ears who are gonna be complaining. Procrastinators, this isn’t the time to follow your heart … you need to head to an electronics store and get a converter box and hook it up before Friday. Once completed, digital signals will begin to show us why it was important to switch. As I have been reporting since I can’t remember when, the internet will become a primary source for TV programming and the only way to see a better, clearer picture is by digital means (hence the new YouTube site “XL” and Microsoft’s “Bing” which will show pretty nice on digital screens). With TV going all digital all the time, the door to the next phase of the internet will swing wide open bringing with it more opportunities for communication then ever before. Hang in there, it’s coming!

Meanwhile, the economy is forcing more of us to tighten the belt and make some tough decisions. In these times, coupons are the “savior” for the shopper who needs a break in the checkout line. Coupons.com has been growing from the first time I reported on these guys years ago and now should be the place to hit before heading off to buy groceries. Just today, they proclaim “we have 105 Free Coupons for you today”. These are valid discounts for grocery shopping and online shopping. You can search for the coupon you need or even browse through their catalog and place a check mark by the ones you want. When you’re done just click on the button to print coupons and the savings come right out of your printer. Isn’t technology wonderful? http://coupons.com/

Finally, it was on this day in 1933 that Camden, New Jersey saw the beginning of an American tradition when the first drive-in movie opened. The younger generation, for the most part, has no clue what drive-ins were about. Incidently, the film shown that evening at the “Automobile Movie Theatre” was a British comedy called “Wives Beware” (later known as “Two White Arms”), and admission was 25 cents a head, plus another quarter for the car — $1.00 maximum. At Drive-Ins.com, you’ll find a museum, database search, and reference library. http://www.drive-ins.com/ At Drive In Theatre.com, get the nostalgic feeling of attending a theatre. http://www.driveintheater.com/


Mother: “When I was your age, my mother used to hide money around the house for me that I would find only if I performed my chores particularly well. One time when I was cleaning out the cupboards for her, I found $20 under the old shelf paper.”

Daughter: “Wow! What a cool idea! Why didn’t you ever do that with me?”

Mother: “But my dear … I have been.”

(thanks, Donna)


One Thing I Learned in Life…..

– OLD is always at least 15 years more than my current age.

– Some things never change, some things should be changed, some things can’t be changed, and sometimes after you change things, you wish you hadn’t!

– Never to let your kids find out your age.

– There’s nothing better than to be loved. …well, maybe eating chocolate!

– The older I get, the smarter my parent’s get.

– If at first you don’t succeed, look in the wastebasket for the directions.

– If you ever get in a fight with a woman, plead insanity. They will not argue with that.

(thanks, James)


Which windshield wiper blade always quits first? That’s right — the driver’s side.

This happened to me one day while driving home in the middle of a blinding storm. Unable to see, I pulled over and tried to figure out a quick fix. I found it in a yellow cotton work glove lying on the floor. I wedged the cloth hand under the wiper arm. It did a great job keeping my windshield clear.

Not only that — you’d be surprised at how many people waved back.

(thanks, Roger)


TOP 10 You Know You’re in Phoenix in July When … (drum roll, please)

10. The best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.

9. Hot water now comes out of both taps.

8. You can make sun tea instantly.

7. The trees are whistling for the dogs.

6. Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, “What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?”

5. Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying boiled eggs.

4. You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron.

3. You discover that in July it only takes 2 fingers to steer your car.

2. The cows are giving evaporated milk.

and the #1 reason …

The temperature drops below 95 and you feel a little chilly.

(thanks, John)


And that is this week’s look through my computer screen, WebLetter readers. Thanks for your time, and for those who contributed. If you come across something I haven’t used or reported on, send it to me. If I use it, you get the credit. So, until next weekend, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.



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