Jim’s WebLetter for 8/29/09

Hi-ya neighbors!

There is a controversial video on YouTube that deals with the issue of texting while driving. The state of Utah has already passed a new law that says if you cause a traffic fatality as a result of texting while driving, you could get a prison sentence of 15 years and a fine of $100k. (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/29/technology/29distracted.html?_r=1&ref=technology) The video, created in the UK shows a car full of young ladies who are distracted by texting which results in a head-on collision. It’s very graphic. But it does get the point across that anything you do that distracts you from the primary function of driving can be deadly. Texting while driving is distracting and anyone doing it now needs to understand the possible outcome. Again, this is very graphic … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdvFh95Yg6M

While everyone has been discussing the government’s takeover of health care, some key government officials have been hatching out a plan to take control of who can have internet connectivity and who can’t. A bill, introduced by Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia gives complete control to the government and in translation, “If your company is deemed “critical,” a new set of regulations kick in involving who you can hire, what information you must disclose, and when the government would exercise control over your computers or network.” If you are saying to yourself the same things about the government determining what health care plan you can take, you need to read the rest of this story … http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10320096-38.html

This week I came home to find part of my and my neighbors yard was dug up by AT&T. When I asked the guy standing in this deep, gaping hole what was the issue, he said they’re putting in the U-verse system. AT&T’s U-verse includes, “Advanced TV with Total Home DVR, Internet, and unlimited home phone services”. HD TV, internet at speeds of 18M download, complete phone package, and most of all more reliable than cable? Where do I sign up? http://www.att.com/u-verse/explore/default.jsp

If you’ve ever had problems with your PC because of a program that once ran, but now doesn’t. You want to bookmark this next Website. Device Doctor is a site offering freeware device driver updates for software for Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. The application is downloaded into your system and it scans it to determine if there are any drivers that need to be updated. It’s completely safe and easy to use. http://www.devicedoctor.com/

In what could be used as a school paper, “what I did this summer”, it was reported this week that 158 million Americans viewed video online in July. That’s the largest audience ever. They watched 21.4 billion videos. Me? I’ve been enjoying watching the old “One Step Beyond” series that’s in the Shows category under Classic TV on YouTube. http://blogs.usatoday.com/technologylive/2009/08/americans-watched-214-billion-videos-online-in-july.html

Anyone who has read my WebLetter knows I am a fan of Google. Microsoft has been weighing in heavily with it’s new search device, Bing. Bing has a relatively new feature called Cashback which is exactly that, offering cash back for anything purchased through Bing. Now TV commercials are popping up showing off the feature as a way for Microsoft to get the message out. I have to say, this is head-turning when you can get cash back on items from Walmart, HP, Barnes & Noble, Office Max and even Sears, there is a temptation to shop online and use Bing. See for yourself … http://www.bing.com/cashback/

It’s really humid in the woods, so the two hiking buddies remove their shirts and shoes. But when they spot a sign saying “Beware of bears,” one of them stops to put his shoes back on.
“What’s the point?” the other says. “You can’t outrun a bear.”
“Actually,” says his friend, “all I have to do is outrun you.”
(thanks, Don)
My boyfriend, Tim, a mechanic, does work for the Air Force Academy. One day, a guard asked, “Mind if our new guard dog practices sniffing your truck?” Tim obliged and the dog went to work. Almost immediately, it latched onto a scent and jumped into the truck bed, sniffing furiously. Tim grew nervous. There were no drugs, no weapons. What could the dog be after? A few minutes later, the guard approached Tim.
“Sorry,” he said sheepishly. “Our dog ate your lunch.”
(thanks, Christi)
My husband, a computer-systems trouble-shooter, rode with me in my new car one afternoon. He had been working on a customer’s computer all morning and was still tense from the session. When I stopped for a traffic light, I made sure to leave a safe distance from the stop line to keep oncoming drivers from hitting the car.
I couldn’t help but laugh when my husband impatiently waved at me to move the car forward while saying, “Scroll up, honey.”
(thanks, Cathy)
During a job interview at my granddaughter’s pharmacy, an applicant was asked, “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?”
“No,” he answered. “My hearing is scheduled for next week.”
(thanks Margie, I think …)
And that’s this week’s look through my computer screen, WebLetter readers. I hope this improves your screen viewing as well. Thanks for you time, and for those who sent jokes, your jokes. Have a great weekend and until next, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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