Jim’s WebLetter for 12/25/09

Hi-ya WebLetter readers and friends! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Today we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. I hope today wherever you are, that His peace will be with you.

Before we get together for our Christmas, I wanted to show you some things I discovered on the Web.

This week, I learned of the new concept computer that is due to be released in 2012. Why am I reporting about something that is better than a year away in release? Two reasons: First, the computer is a tablet and second, because it’s through the “one laptop per child” project. Remember when the first OLPC laptop came out? It was a simplified piece of plastic and had the idea that a cheap but sturdy laptop could help children in third world nations become internet connected and bring them into the 21st century, technologically speaking. While some nations benefited from this, most didn’t and as a result, the project was deemed a flop.

Well, this new computer may change all that. Built thin, lightweight and with an estimated cost of $75, it could be just what we ALL need because, you see, what the first generation of XO laptops did was to reinforce the idea that smaller and cheaper is better. At about the same time of it’s release, the public became aware and began buying the now famous netbook, and computing changed forever. You will notice that the majority of computers sold today are smaller, more compact and lightweight. This “XO-3”, as it has been dubbed, is all that and more. Forbes magazine online featured it this week and includes a slide show demonstrating its uses and functionality.

Hey Blackberry users, you getting tired of your system not working? I am. For the second time in as many weeks, we have had an episode of messaging and internet connection failure. It seems to happen every time they upgrade their system. You know R.I.M. (blackberry’s maker), the Droid, the hottest new phone on the market running the new Android 2 system and coming with thousands of fresh and fabulous applications, isn’t experiencing these problems. Don’t make me go down to my Verizon store and make a swap. I will never go back. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/24/technology/companies/24blackberry.html?_r=1&ref=technology

Last week, I reported about Seesmic, the software for cellphones that lets you send and receive tweets on your Twitter account. I love it. It’s easy to use and solid as a rock. Well now they’ve upgraded the software making it even better. I have tried several Twitter programs in my blackberry, this one is the one I’m keeping … http://blog.seesmic.com/2009/12/seesmic-native-windows-twitter-client-updated.html

Ever have problems giving directions to your home or place to meet? I usually use Google Maps to show where friends and family are located using their detailed, interactive maps. A new site called Loopt uses Google Maps and sends your information to friends’ cellphones. Loopt helps friends connect and navigate by orienting them to people, places and events. It’s the next step in direction-giving. http://www.loopt.com/

Finally, and this is really cool … Test Color works off the premise that people are attracted to a certain color because that color reflects a particular emotional state or past memory. The online test measures more than 130 different emotional criteria and over 650,000 possible personal profiles. The process is easy … just select your favorite colors in the order of your preference and the site will do the rest. Head over and begin learning something new about yourself. http://www.testcolor.com/

My kindergarten-aged daughter suddenly announced just before school that she needed to take a clean t-shirt to class. She told us the teacher was going to iron an anti-drug message on it. My wife frantically swept through my daughter’s room, finding nothing usable but one shirt that already had something printed on one side. She sent it off to school with my daughter. That afternoon, my daughter returned and happily showed off her shirt. On one side it said, “Families are Forever” … on the other side “Be Smart, Don’t Start”.
(thanks, Ron)
Here is the story of one frog discussing his future with a psychic:
A frog telephones the Psychic Hotline and is told, “You are going to meet a beautiful young girl who will want to know everything about you”.
The frog says, “This is great! Will I meet her at a party, or what?”
“No,” says the psychic, “Next semester in her biology class.”
(thanks, Henry)
“The worst healthcare system is in Illinois. They should rename it Sickago.”
(thanks, Betty)
Funny how the President, who was their state Senator, is now pushing that same healthcare on the rest of us. Makes you wanna go, “hmmmmm”.
Do you remember when…?
All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?
It took five minutes for the TV warm up?
Nearly everyone’s Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?
Nobody owned a purebred dog?
When a quarter was a decent allowance?
You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?
(thanks, Grace)
So, it’s Christmas and I hope a good one for you. We have been blessed so much this year, that I could write a book about it. Maybe someday I will. Until then, as I always say … may God bless you and keep you safe.

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