Jim’s WebLetter for 6/13/09

Hi-ya Webfriends!

Know what I did last night? I stayed up after midnight to register my own web address with Facebook. I can now proclaim my “new” address is http://www.facebook.com/jimonline … making it easier to reach my site. If you are not logged onto Facebook, you get a simple page with my picture, name and some basic facts (favorite Music, Places, some of my friends) which is true but certainly not complete. The idea is to encourage you to sign up for an account, or sign in to get more details. All in all, it’s a good idea but I think I’m becoming one of those who is becoming disenchanted with Facebook as it is largely “all about me” whether that “me” is me or my friends who leave comments, show photos and videos and try out many of the programs and features. Don’t get me wrong, social networking is important and demonstrates how the internet is a storehouse for ideas. But sometimes I think I read a little more about someone than I really wanted to know, ya know? It’s true, it’s easier to expose yourself and your personal life when you’re not talking to someone face to face, but once in a while, some comments are best kept to oneself.

What Facebook does not let you do is sign up for address for one of your groups you may have established, only a name related to your account which means if you are planning a business or organization, it is best to register a new account. To register a new address for yourself, head over to http://www.facebook.com/username/

I read this week that Microsoft has been working on a new anti-virus program it will be offering for free. Right now they’re keeping things under wrap but it is reported that the software will tackle viruses, spyware, rootkits and trojans. It just makes sense that they offer it free as their competition including AVG and Alwil all have free versions. A date has not yet been released. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8095932.stm

If you’ve spent any time with Google Earth, you can discover a number of interesting sites. Google Sightseeing is a blog where visitors are invited to submit any unusual or interesting sightings they have found on Google Earth and Streetview. For example, there are shots of giant seals in the Netherlands and the megalithic monument Stonehenge. http://googlesightseeing.com

A story on InternetNews.com entitled “Internet Giving Rise to Peer-to-Peer Healthcare” was based on research from the Pew Research group which polled internet users who used the Web for advice on health issues. With the ever-increasing cost of healthcare in America, folks are looking for ways to cut their expenses. Of course, this gives rise to a lot of information being stored on the Web and what a lot of people are concerned about … electronic medical records online. Face it, it’s coming and Pew found that 41 percent of what is termed as “e-patients” have read a fellow patient’s comments about health or medical issues in forums, Websites or blogs. Makes for interesting reading … http://www.internetnews.com/webcontent/article.php/3824691

A very large old building was being torn down in Chicago to make room for a new skyscraper. Due to its proximity to other buildings, it could not be imploded and had to be dismantled floor by floor.
While working on the 49th floor, two construction workers found a skeleton in a small closet behind the elevator shaft. They called the police.
When the police arrived, they directed them to the closet and showed them the skeleton, fully clothed and standing upright. They said, “This could be Jimmy Hoffa or somebody really important.”
Two days went by and the construction workers couldn’t stand it any more; they had to know who they found. They called the police and said, “We are the two guys who found the skeleton in the closet and we want to know if it was Jimmy Hoffa or somebody important.”
The police said it’s not Jimmy Hoffa, but it was somebody kind of important.”
“Well, who was it?”
“The 1956 National Hide-and-Seek Champion.”
(thanks, Robert)
During a training session at an artillery unit the sergeant-major was busy describing how the sophisticated aiming device of the artillery weapon system is used:
“As you all know, there are 180 degrees in a circle.”
One of the soldiers put up his hand and said: “But there are 360 degrees in a circle, sergeant-major.”
“You idiot,” replied the sergeant-major, “I am obviously speaking about a small circle!”
(thanks, Chris)
Even with a thousand games, dolls and crafts to choose from, my customer at the toy store still couldn’t find a thing for her grandson.
“Maybe a video or something educational?” I asked.
“No, that’s not it,” she said.
We wandered the aisles until something caught her eye: a laser gun with flashing lights and 15 different high-pitched sounds.
“This is perfect,” she said, beaming. “My daughter-in-law will hate it.”
(thanks, Michael)
The irate customer calling our newspaper offices loudly demanded to know where her Sunday edition was.
“Ma’am,” I interrupted, “today is Saturday. The Sunday paper is not delivered until Sunday.”
There was a pause on the other end of the phone, followed by a ray of recognition. “So that’s why no one was in church today.”
(thanks, Deanna)
And that’s a look at the Web this week, my friends. Have a great weekend. Next weekend, my wife and I will be enjoying our anniversary in the mountains of North Carolina, so I’m taking the weekend off from writing. Look for the next issue on the 27th.
Til then, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

Jim’s WebLetter
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