Jim’s WebLetter for 10/17/09

Hi-ya friends and netneighbors!

Well, it’s a special Saturday morning here on the island as my son and his wife are getting married. Now before you do a double take, yes, they’re already married, but this is more of a formal, in front of all the family and friends – kind of wedding on the beach with reception to follow. Looks like they picked a perfect day for it as temperatures have dropped and by ceremony time should be in the mid 70’s.

Other things happening include the 13th Annual Car Show in downtown Fernandina with some really cool rides, sponsored by Amelia Cruisers. We’re gonna try to do the latter before the former to make it a full day. So before everyone gets up and gets motivated, I’m writing this to show you a few of the things I came across while working on the Web this week.

How safe are the Facebook applications you use? Many of you JWL readers are also Facebook page owners and like to take advantage of the applications that FB offers, in particular, you like to play games and take quizzes. It’s those apps, the ones who get you to include a lot of personal information, that can and do include viruses that farm your information and send it to the hacker. Best advice? Don’t do it. Facebook is a great way to keep up with friends, but it can also be a great way for hackers to steal your info and the info of your friends.

As I reported some months ago, mobility is reaching the television to smartphone market as TV stations are ramping up to begin broadcasting to cellphones. It comes with a fee, of course, but the idea of having your favorite TV stations with you anywhere you go is a pretty cool one. Now the next question is, can you stand to watch it on a tiny screen? http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/16/tv-stations-start-broadcasting-to-mobile-gadgets/?ref=technology

In this economy, it pays to price compare. Look for tips on good deals, where to find a price break, and when the good deals are available on a blog which has been compiled for us by Time magazine who has partnered with CNN. On the Cheapskate Blog, you will find good deals as discovered by folks who get paid to look and report. For instance, today I see that with a coupon code supplied, you can get $10 off a $50 or more purchase at Sears.com. See what other deals you can find … http://cheapskate.blogs.time.com/

Take a look at a picture (found on the link below) and your first reaction might be someone’s version of a suped-up tricycle. In reality, it’s Google’s way of getting imaging for it’s ever-changing Maps, Street View and Earth programs. Taking it off road … hey look. it’s Google on a trike! http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/10/16/no-thats-not-the-ice-cream-man-its-the-google-trike-taking-street-view-off-road/

A man returned from vacation feeling very ill. He went to see his doctor, and the doctor has him immediately rushed to the hospital for a range of tests. The man woke up after the tests in a private room at the hospital, and the phone by his bedside was ringing. “This is your doctor,” said the voice on the other end. “We’ve reviewed the results of your tests and we’ve found you have a very nasty virus, which is extremely contagious.”
“Oh my gosh! What are you going to do, doctor?”
“We’re going to put you on a diet of pizza, pancakes and pita bread.”
“Will that cure me?”
“No, but it’s the only food we can slide under the door.”
(thanks, Terry)
“Do you sing?”
“Of course I do.”
“What kind of music?”
“Don’t you mean ‘a cappella’, singing without accompaniment?”
“Nope. I mean ‘aquapella,’ singing accompanied only by the water coming out of the shower head.”
(thanks, Patty)
My husband is a car nut. That’s why I could appreciate the card he gave me on our fifth wedding anniversary.
It read “The last 72,000 miles of my life have been the best ever!”
(thanks, Cynthia … did that include oil and filter change?)
Few people outside the military know what a Navy Quartermaster does (several duties include the watch-to-watch navigation and the maintenance of nautical charts and navigational instruments as well as duties that used to be part of the Signalman rating: visual communications).
So during my aircraft carrier’s Family Day, I demonstrated a procedure called semaphore. I grabbed my flags and signaled an imaginary boat. When finished, I pointed to a little girl in front and asked, “Now do you know what I do?”
“Yes,” she answered. “You’re a cheerleader.”
(thanks, Kathy)
That’s about the size of it this week, JWL readers. Have a great weekend and, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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