Jim’s WebLetter for 8/8/09

Hi-ya neighbors and friends!

Have you ever heard the term, “they’d spoil a free lunch”? That’s what took place this week on Twitter when the site was hit with a denial of service attack. Apparently, a guy from the Republic of Georgia was being denied the right to say what he thought by some entity (the Russians?) and in order keep him off, they tried taking down the whole system. Twitter is back up, but it does make you wonder … “is free speech really free”? Of course, not everyone is in favor of Twitter. But read the story and decide for yourself … http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10305326-92.html?tag=nl.e496

Nothing says, “let’s make the internet look bad” more than deceiving Websites. With so many people out of work right now, the LAST thing they or anyone else needs to find is someone online trying to take what little money they have away from them under the guise of “we’ll help you get a job”. If you’re in the unemployment boat, before you hook up with a job-related site … read this story from the NY Times which includes helpful tips and websites so you can avoid being ripped off. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/06/technology/personaltech/06basics.html?ref=technology

A special note to Disabled American Veterans … there’s a Website you should check out. Unemployment is higher among disabled vets, but this place offers a place to post jobs and info for landing the job you want. http://jofdav.com/

Have you ever tried to get information about your car or truck on the Web? There are a couple of sites out there that get a mention, but I came across a site this week that may prove to be invaluable to you. Driver Side offers a host of features about your car that make this site worth the bookmark. Find out your resale value, when you should do maintenance and what sort of maintenance is coming up, along with the estimated cost. You can also shop for parts on the site. If you get stumped by an issue with your vehicle, there is a link to connect you with a pro. As they say on the site, it’s “car ownership made easy”. http://www.driverside.com/

Here it comes … I’m hearing the low pitched rumble of money-grubbing billionaires wanting you to pay for the privilege of reading content on the Web. It’s the NEWS, for heaven’s sake. Do you guys really want to go there? I can turn on a TV, or go to a TV website and see the news any time of day. Why do you think you’re product on the Web is any better or more exclusive?
That was my initial reaction to what I read today about Rupert Murdoch and his News Corporation. The Sunday Times site will be his testing ground. If it proves to be successful, slam the door shut on official news and information found on the Web, because EVERYONE will be trying to get you to pay for something that, up to now, has been free. Free, as in, “I don’t have to pay to be informed”. Imagine being the subject of a news story. Say you were part of the World Trade Center disaster back in September of ’01, and you go online to find out more about it only to find you have to pay to read it. What? Forget that! And Rupert, I am hoping that is EXACTLY what your readers say about your money grubbing attempts with the Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times, and anything else you attempt to exclude from the traditional readership. http://mashable.com/2009/08/07/sunday-times-subscription/

Finally, and kind of in the same perspective as paying to read news on the Web … WebMonkey’s Michael Calore wrote a story awhile back listing “8 Things on the Web We’d Like to Thrown Down a Black Hole”. It’s his way of saying that these things listed were never a good idea and should go away forever. The first thing on the list? Internet Explorer 6. But it gets even better with Rupert’s MySpace on the list. That site is so last year. (Wait for him to begin charging a fee to have a MySpace page!) This is good reading … http://www.webmonkey.com/blog/8_Things_on_the_Web_We_d_Like_to_Throw_Down_a_Black_Hole

Two church members were going door to door, and knocked on the door of a woman who was not happy to see them. She told them in no uncertain terms that she did not want to hear their message and slammed the door in their faces. To her surprise, however, the door did not close and, in fact, bounced back open. She tried again, really put her back into it, and slammed the door again with the same result-the door bounced back open.
Convinced these rude young people were sticking their foot in the door, she reared back to give it a slam that would teach them a lesson, when one of them said, “Ma’am, before you do that again, you need to move your cat.”
(thanks, Chet)
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Halfway through a romantic dinner at a cozy little restaurant, my husband smiled and said, “You look so beautiful under these lights.”
I was falling in love with him all over again, until he added, “We gotta get some of these lights for home.”
(thanks, Tina)
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When I go to a local discount store to get oil and filters for my car, I buy my wife a bouquet of flowers on display near the checkout counter.
During one trip, some women in line behind me were oohing and aahing about a husband getting flowers for his wife. “How often do you do that?” one asked.
Before I could answer, the cashier, more than familiar with my routine, said, “Every three months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first.”
(thanks, Tony)
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“You admit having broken into the dress shop four times?” asked the judge.
“Yes,” answered the suspect.
“And what did you steal?”
“A dress, your honor,” replied the suspect.
“One dress?” echoed the judge. “But you admit breaking in four times!”
“Yes, your honor,” sighed the suspect. “But three times my wife didn’t like the color.”
(thanks, Martha)
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And that’s the week’s blink at the computer screen, friends and neighbors. Thanks for your time and, for the jokes. Til next weekend, keep your screen clean and your mouse lint-free and may God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim
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