Jim’s WebLetter for 7/11/09

Hi-ya friends and netneighbors!

Back in the mid ’60’s Bob Dylan wrote the song, “The Times They Are A-changin'” (watch him perform it on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ_XwLSN45I). That song could be a popular anthem today. Just this past week alone, we were alerted to Google creating it’s own operating system based on it’s Chrome browser. Microsoft has created a site called “Hohm” to help you make your home more energy efficient (http://www.microsoft-hohm.com/). GM has come out of bankruptcy and announced it will be selling some of it’s line of vehicles through Ebay (http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_12813374). And U2, one of the world’s leading rock bands announced it will be releasing it’s next album exclusively for Blackberry users (http://na.blackberry.com/eng/u2/).

All these afore mentioned stories give examples of changing times. Of course, there are some things that, the more they change, the more they stay the same. Take for instance Microsoft announced this week it has a flaw in it’s new browser, Internet Explorer 8 and until they can create a patch for it, they recommend using another browser. Boy have we heard THAT story before. Is there any wonder why Firefox has now the primary browser used in more than 30% of the world’s computers? Google’s Chrome is catching up, with Opera and MAC’s Safari distant runners.

As I mentioned, Google is planning a new operating system (OS) to be used in conjunction with their new browser, Chrome. It will be filled in innovative features, I’m sure. After all, Google has the knack of turning out technology that makes sense (G-mail is hooked to Documents and Calendar, for instance). They have already told us they will be turning out “Wave” later in the year which will revolutionize the way we communicate with each other, along with a one-phone number listing that will incorporate other phone numbers you have (i.e., cell phone or second line) into one phone number that will be toll free. In short, it looks like Google’s idea of world domination. So, what’s the deal with their own OS? A number of speculations are flying around including their opportunity to track literally everywhere you go on the Web. That would certainly aid them in providing advertising that fits for each subject you search (they do that already when you use their search engine), but is this their attempt at “Big Brother”? Watching everywhere you go and do? Could be.

Frankly, I welcome a change to Microsoft’s attempts of the past. Anyone remember Windows Me without it leaving a bad taste in your mouth? Their latest has been Vista. I still use XP because it’s more stable now that we’ve worked the majority of the bugs out of it. Now MS is getting ready to roll out Windows 7 that uses IE 8, the one I mentioned already has a flaw in it’s new design. If Google can create an operating system without all the problems that have occured with Windows, I’m not worried that someone somewhere is tallying everywhere I search on the Web. After all, our privacy on the Web has already been greatly reduced with the help of our own government as well has other technologies that provide software that spies on everything we do.

So read up on the new Google OS at http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10283757-92.html?tag=nl.e496 and tell yourself, “it’s going to be alright”. We’ll wait and watch the result. Who knows? It may be just what we’ve needed.

One weekend, my friend, who was a nurse, was looking after her six-year-old nephew when he fell off a playground slide and hit his head.
Worried that he might have a concussion, she checked him all night.
Every hour, she’d gently shake him and ask, “What’s your name?”
Soon, he began moaning in protest each time she entered the room.
When she went in at 5:00 A.M., she saw something white on his face. Leaning close, she saw a crayon-scrawled message taped to his forehead.
It read: “My name is Daniel.”
(thanks, Mary)
My girlfriend and I were lunching at a sidewalk cafe in Huntington Beach, California. Our waitress appeared to be a real surfer girl: athletic with a great tan and blond hair. Mulling over the menu, my girlfriend asked her if the roast beef was rare.
The waitress gave us a long blank look, and then replied, “Well, no. We have it, like, just about every day.”
(like, thanks, Karen)
20 ways to maintain a healthy level of insanity.

1. At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars. See if they slow down.
2. Page yourself over the intercom. Don’t disguise your voice.
3. Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with that.
4. Put your garbage can on your desk and label it ‘IN.’
5. Put decaf in the coffee maker for 3 Weeks. Once everyone has gotten over their caffeine addictions, switch to Espresso.
6. In the Memo Field of all your checks, write ‘For Smuggling Diamonds.’
7. Finish all your sentences with ‘In Accordance With the Prophecy.’
8. Don’t use any punctuation.
9. As often as possible, skip rather than walk.
10. With a serious face, order a Diet Water whenever you go out to eat.
11. Specify that your drive-through order is ‘To Go.’
12. Sing along at The Opera.
13. Go to a poetry recital and ask why the poems don’t rhyme.
14. Put mosquito netting around your work area and play tropical sounds all day.
15. Five days in advance, tell your friends you can’t attend their party because you’re not in the mood.
16. Have your co-workers address you by your wrestling name, Rock Bottom.
17. When the money comes out the ATM, scream ‘I Won! I Won!’
18. When leaving the Zoo, start running toward the parking lot, yelling ‘Run for Your Lives, They’re Loose!!’
19. Tell your children over dinner, ‘Due to the Economy, we are going to have to let one of you go.’
20. And the final way to keep a Healthy Level of Insanity … Send this on to make your friends smile.”
(thanks, Sunshine, and “peace”)
And that’s this week’s look into the computer screen from which I sit. Thank you for your time and for those who sent along the jokes … a special thank you. Til next weekend, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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