Jim’s WebLetter for 7/25/09

Hi-ya Webfriends!

Well, it’s time to take a brief look into some things I discovered on the Web this week. In this JWL, I won’t be discussing President Obama’s take on Harvard police, or his ideas of healthcare reform which will eventually lead to national disaster, except for those who are very rich and politicians who, as we see in New Jersey, are trying to get very rich. No, I have a shortlist of useful Web things with links for more information … so follow along, won’t you?

Hey guys, wanna buy a laptop for under $300? No, you won’t find it being sold out of the trunk of my car … head on down to Walmart tomorrow (Sunday). They’re selling a 15 inch Compaq with 3 gigs of memory and 160 gigs of space, Vista and all the rest for $298. Yep. That beats Best Buy which was selling Acer laptops for $299. While supplies last could mean, before noon. http://blogs.zdnet.com/gadgetreviews/?p=6181

This week, I received my invitation for Google Voice. Once I signed up, picked out my phone number, added other phone numbers to the list and downloaded the app for my Blackberry, I discovered that everything they’ve been saying about it is true. It’s fast, it’s free and it offers cheaper international calls to 200 countries. I can keep up with calls online in an interface that looks like Gmail, and it’s tied to Gmail, Documents, Calendar and all the other Google features. Best of all, it automatically converts voicemail to text. I love this thing. Get your invite when you visit http://www.google.com/voice

If you Twitter, I don’t have to tell you the importance of immediacy. But, here are some trends to be looking for as Twitter continues to develop and include more functionality (hint: Petitions and Live Video Sharing) … http://mashable.com/2009/07/24/top-twitter-trends/ Incidently, if you don’t Twitter, chances are, you know someone who does. If they begin talking about tweeting, chances are, it won’t be about the bird’s nest that’s in the tree just outside their bedroom window.

Also this week, one of the blogs I check is called Geek Dad, largely because Nathan Barry writes about things that an older generation thinks about when looking at the younger generation. Man, I can relate. This week, he listed, with the help of many of his readers, 100 Things your Kids May Never Know About. Sure, many of those things are in the category of “who cares anyway?”, but when it comes down to it, I think it’s important for the younger ones to know where all this modern-day stuff originated. So, I am posting the link to this invaluable list in hopes that if you have influence on the younger gen, you will pass it along. If not the entire list, maybe just a couple of the items. http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2009/07/100-things-your-kids-may-never-know-about/

Finally, here’s a site that takes the flavor of famous online video sites but throws in a great educational spin. This huge, free and kid friendly video hub is a searchable database of online educational videos. This new type of instant tutoring is available on most any topic, and is a great additional study tool. As a parent, you can rate and comment on the videos that helped your young one, and even get cash prizes for submitting videos of your own. http://watchknow.org/

A neatly dressed salesman stopped a man in the street and asked –
“Sir, would you like to buy a a bottle of this mouthwash for $200.00?”
Aghast, the man said, “are you NUTS?, that’s robbery!”
The salesman seemed hurt and then tries again –
“Sir, since you are a bit irate, I’ll sell it to you for 1/2 price at $100.00?
Again, the man replies bluntly – “you must be crazy pal, now go away!”
The salesman then reaches into his briefcase and pulls out 2 brownies and begins munching away on one of them. He tells the irate guy –
“Sir, please share one of my brownies since I have annoyed you so much”.
Unwrapping the brownie, the guy takes a bite; suddenly, the guys spits it out and says:
“HEY,” he snarled, “this brownie tastes terrible!!!”
“It is,” replied the salesman. “Wanna buy some mouthwash?”
(thanks, Henry)
A mother asked her small son what he would like for his birthday. “I’d like a little brother,” the boy said.
“Oh my, that’s such a big wish,” said the mother. “Why do you want a little brother?”
“Well,” said the boy, “there’s only so much I can blame on the dog.”
(thanks, Debbie)
The head waiter of a five-star, elegant restaurant recoiled in disgust as a man in muddy hip wader boots, frayed and torn jeans, dirty leather jacket, long stringy dirty hair and a beard with flecks of long-ago food marched right towards him.
The man said, “Yo, bucko, where’s the bathroom?”
The head waiter calmly replied, “Go down the hall and turn left. When you see the sign marked ‘Gentlemen’, pay absolutely no attention to it and go right inside.”
(thanks, Terry)
A elderly gentleman was strolling through a quiet residential neighborhood when he came upon a little boy sitting on the curb, crying. “What’s the trouble, son?” he asked. “Are you lost?”
“Worse than that,” the youngster sobbed. “Mom lost her book on child rearing and now she’s using her own judgement!”
(thanks, Chris)
Thanks for your time, and in the case of jokes, your contributions. Have a great weekend and til next, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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