Saturday morning and I’m up before the sun to write the weekly WebLetter. Last week I promised I would show you more of the things I ran across while working on the Web, so grab a cup of whatever you’re drinking, get comfortable in your seat and here we go!
Google Voice has been getting a lot of press lately but not because it’s one of the coolest things to hit the Web in like, all year. No, it’s because the geniuses at AT&T and Apple have denied it’s users from being able to put it on their IPhone. As a result, the matter has gone to the FCC to investigate just why all the hold up. Well this week, the aforementioned companies are telling everyone it’s still under review
and that they haven’t rejected the application, they’re still checking it out to make sure it passes all their standards. Yea, sure. And they’re still trying to figure out how to make you pay for minutes used when you can make all your calls for free and enjoy all the benefits of Voice without all the maintenance fees. Don’t get me wrong, IPhone is a great device, even though they seem to be having an exploding battery
issue going on. http://www.examiner.com/x-14336-Memphis-Technology-News-Examiner~y2009m8d19-More-Mac-malfunctioning-iPhones-reportedly-exploding It’s just, if you’re going to allow thousands of other applications to be downloaded and integrated into your phone system, one more that takes you to the next level of cell computing shouldn’t be denied just because it’s your competition submitting it.
It’s called “free enterprise”. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10315309-37.html?tag=mncol
While on the subject of Google, the BBC reported this week that an alliance is being created to fight Google’s attempt to create the world’s largest virtual library. And who are the members of that alliance? How about Yahoo, Microsoft and Amazon. Imagine that. These companies don’t like the fact that their control of readership would be open sourced through their cheif competitor. Makes interesting
reading … http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8200624.stm
OK, so are you ready to create a video but you don’t have high quality editing software in your computer? Check out Stupeflix online. Think of Stupeflix as an advanced way to put together your videos, photos, and music and create a video collection or home movie that you can download or share on the web. Using the Stupeflix editor you can upload your content and music, drag and drop to organize content in and
out of group sets, add video effects (there are a few really great effects), associate tracks with groups (or the whole movie), insert text overlays, and piece together your own movie. Nothing else online comes close to this program. And, it’s free. Visit the site and watch the sample presentation … http://www.stupeflix.com/
Here’s a nice addition to your computer that could save it from overheating. Speedfan helps you monitor the temperature, voltage and fan speeds inside your PC. This app allows you to manually control the speed of the fans, so you can speed them up or slow them down depending on what you are doing. The Articles section of the site gives you details of the features this little application offers. http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
Also, you can set your machine to look for events, such as CPU or GPU overheating, and to warn you with a beep or pop-up message. Gmail users, the “task” feature added to the growing list of cool things about using Gmail can now be emailed. Instead of having your task list left in Gmail, or other Google apps such as Calendar, you can send your tasks to friends, family, or whomever you want to divide the tasks up with. Just open the box and type in the address and “whoosh!”. http://news.cnet.com/8301-27076_3-10315308-248.html?tag=mncol
Three turtles, Joe, Steve, and Poncho, decide to go on a picnic. Joe packs the picnic basket with cookies, bottled sodas, and sandwiches.
The trouble is, the picnic site is 10 miles away, so the turtles take 10 whole days to get there.
By the time they do arrive, everyone’s whipped and hungry. Joe takes the stuff out of the basket, one by one. He takes out the sodas and realizes that they forgot to bring a bottle opener. Joe & Steve beg Poncho to turn back home and retrieve it, but Poncho flatly refuses, knowing that they’ll eat everything by the time he gets back.
Somehow, after about two hours, the turtles manage to convince Poncho to go, swearing on their great-grand turtles’ graves that they won’t touch the food. So, Poncho sets off down the road, slow and steady.
Twenty days pass, but no Poncho. Joe and Steve are hungry and puzzled, but a promise is a promise. Another day passes, and still no Poncho, but a promise is a promise. After three more days pass without Poncho in sight, Steve starts getting restless. “I NEED FOOD!” he says with a hint of dementia in his voice.
“NO!” Joe retorts. “We promised.”
Five more days pass. Joe realizes that Poncho probably skipped out to the Burger King down the road, so the two turtles weakly lift the lid, get a sandwich, and open their mouths to eat. But then, right at that instant, Poncho pops out behind a rock.
“Just for that, I’m not going.”
A judge was punishing three men because they had committed a crime. Their sentence was a few years in the desert. He said that they could each take one thing with them.
The first guy decides to take an umbrella, so that he can have shade whenever he wants.
The second guy decides to take a water bottle so that he won’t get thirsty.
Finally, the third guy decides to take a car door.
The judge asked, “Why in the world would you want to take a car door?” The man replies, “Just in case it gets hot, I can roll down the window.”
A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts: “Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?”
The man below says: “Yes, you’re in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field.”
You must be an engineer” says the balloonist.
“I am” replies the man. “How did you know.”
“Well,” says the balloonist, “everything you have told me is technically correct, but it’s no use to anyone.”
The man below says “you must be in management.”
“I am” replies the balloonist, “but how did you know?”
“Well,” says the man, “you don’t know where you are, or where you’re going, but you expect me to be able to help. You’re in the same position you were before we met, but now it’s my fault.”
Actual Instruction Labels…
* ON A KOREAN KITCHEN KNIFE:
Warning keep out of children.
* ON A HAIR DRYER:
Do not use while sleeping.
* ON A BAG OF FRITOS:
You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside.
* ON A BAR OF DIAL SOAP:
Directions: Use like regular soap.
* ON A FROZEN DINNER:
Serving suggestion: Defrost.
* ON A HOTEL-PROVIDED SHOWER CAP:
Fits one head.
* ON TESCO”S TIRAMISU DESERT:
Do not turn upside down. (Printed on the bottom of the box.)
* ON MARKS & SPENCER BREAD PUDDING:
Product will be hot after heating.
* ON PACKAGING FOR A ROWENTA IRON:
Do not iron clothes on body.
* ON BOOTS CHILDRENS COUGH MEDICINE:
Do not drive car or operate machinery.
* ON NYTOL (A SLEEP AID):
Warning: may cause drowsiness.
* ON A STRING OF CHINESE MADE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS:
For indoor or outdoor use only.
* ON A JAPANESE FOOD PROCESSOR:
Not to be used for the other use.
* ON SAINSBURY”S PEANUTS:
Warning: contains nuts.
* ON AN AMERICAN AIRLINES PACKET OF NUTS:
Instructions: open packet, eat nuts.
* ON A SWEDISH CHAINSAW:
Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands.
And that’s this week’s collection of things from the Wide Wonderful World of the Web. Have a great weekend and until next, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.
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