Jim’s WebLetter for 7/18/09

Hi-ya Webfolks. Sad news to report today. A beloved friend of the media, the man known for being the most trusted man in America, Walter Cronkite has died. He was 92. My memories of Walter included when he succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchorman of the CBS Evening News in 1962. It was soon after that when the program expanded from 15 to 30 minutes making him the anchor of network television’s first nightly half-hour news program. He reported fighting in Vietnam, the assassination of President John Kennedy and when we landed on the moon. He also was the reporter and narrator of the long running 20th Century which looked at the history of that 100 years, in particular World War II. Once he retired, he spent lots of time on his boat and even put in at the docks on Amelia Island. Wikipedia has details of his long and interesting life. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Cronkite

So we’re in the midst of summer with reruns on TV and the network’s ideas of must-see shows to fill until the fall season. Sorry … I am not impressed by most of their second-rate efforts (although, I do like The Closer on Monday nights on TNT). So if you’re like me and want to find something online to watch, I have an add-on for the Firefox browser user from Veoh which features access to millions of online videos including free TV shows, movies, music, and more. Veoh Video Compass integrates into the browser and provides easy access to videos with a blue button on the tab bar. Use a search engine like Google or Bing to search for a topic and Veoh automatically accesses videos and loads thumbnails across the top of the browser window. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/10039

For users of the Google Chrome browser, there’s a fix waiting for you. According to CNET, “Two serious security flaws have been plugged. One had allowed for malicious code exploitation within the Chrome tab sandbox. Found by the Google security team, the threat was serious enough that Google has declined to be more specific until, ‘a majority of users are up to date with the fix,’ the company said in a blog post on Thursday. A second security risk caused by memory corruption was found in the browser tab processes. It could have been used to run arbitrary code that would crash all of the browser tabs, creating a second security hole through which an attacker might be able to run code with the privileges of the logged-on user. ” With that said, head over to the link and get the latest version … http://download.cnet.com/Google-Chrome/3000-2356_4-10881381.html?tag=mncol;txt

What else is going on with the Web? According to the Pew Report, 88% of all net users in the US went online with searches to help with finances and to get information about the economy. The report also included the fact that neary two-thirds of people searched for price comparisons and 40% were looking for coupons on the Web. It’s interesting reading and available in the San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/07/16/BU4M18NRIJ.DTL&type=tech

Finally this week, there is a site for kids run by a not-for-profit started by Garfield Creator, Jim Davis called ProfessorGarfield.org. You always knew Garfield was a smart and witty cat, so you shouldn’t be surprised that he has his own teaching website. On it, kids can have fun learing phonics, math, music and science activities creatively animated with Garfield as the host. It also provides a Teachers’ Lounge with additional resources on how both parents and teachers can utilize the site to support learning. http://www.professorgarfield.org/

After an overnight flight to meet my father at his latest military assignment, my mother wearily arrived at Rhein-Main Air Base in Germany with my eight siblings and me – all under age 11. Collecting our many suitcases, the ten of us entered the cramped customs area. A young customs official watched our entourage in disbelief, “Ma’am,” he said, “do all these children and this luggage belong to you?”
“Yes, sir,” my mother said with a sigh. “They’re all mine.”
The customs agent began his interrogation: “Ma’am, do you have any weapons, contraband or illegal drugs in your possession?”
“Sir,” she calmly answered, “if I had any of those items, I would have used them by now.”
The official allowed us to pass without opening a single suitcase.
(thanks, Trisha)
The 16th tee featured a fairway that ran along a road. The first golfer in a foursome teed off and hooked the ball. It soared over the fence and bounced onto the street, where it hit the tire of a moving bus and ricocheted back onto the fairway.
As they all stood in amazement, one of the golfer’s friends asked, “How did you do that?”
The golfer shrugged. “You have to know the bus schedule.”
(thanks, Ted)
Why It’s Important to Listen Carefully …
Osama bin Laden went to heaven and was greeted by George Washington, who slapped him and yelled, “How dare you try to destroy the nation I helped conceive?”
Patrick Henry then approached and punched Osama in the nose. James Madison entered and kicked him in the shin. An angry Thomas Jefferson whacked Osama over the head with a cane.
The thrashing continued as John Randolph, James Monroe and 66 other early Americans came in and unleashed their anger on the terrorist leader.
Suddenly, as Osama lay writhing in unbearable pain, an angel appeared.
“This is not what you promised me,” said Osama.
“Come on, Osama,” the angel replied. “I told you there would be 72 Virginians waiting for you in heaven.”
(thanks, Frank)
Thank You Jeff Foxworthy …

What’s the last thing you usually hear before a redneck dies? “Hey, y’all … Watch this!”

Three things you’ll never hear a redneck say:
– The tires on that truck are too big.
– I thought Graceland was tacky.
– Duct tape won’t fix that!

You might be a redneck if you think the last words to “The Star-Spangled Banner” are “Gentlemen, start your engines.”
And that’s this week’s collection of sites and jokes passed around on the World Wide Web. Have a great weekend. One more joke … here’s one your kids might like … Why did the cowboy buy a dachshund? Someone told him to get a long little doggy.

Til next weekend, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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