Jim’s WebLetter for 1/9/10

Hi-ya WebLetter readers!

They say every cloud has a silver lining. I don’t know who “they” are, but I do know that if the weather outside is frightful, the internet inside is delightful and this week’s JWL has a few things for you to check out while you’re staying toasty warm in your internet-connected abode.

This week, I learned of a little trick that Windows 7 has buried inside that allows you to create a “God Mode” folder which is the controller for everything that goes on in your system. Remember, this only works with W7, but if I needed a reason to buy and install the operating system, this might be it. By simply creating a new folder and renaming it with a particular code, the folder changes it’s look and takes on the role of instant access to your entire operating system allowing you to do everything from change colors to fix any issues that might arise from working on software in your computer. If you try using it in an older Vista system, you may risk crashing the computer. But I can tell you, it makes Windows 7 work like a dream. Here’s the access code to rename a folder and create a “God Mode” folder … {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

The Computer Electronics Show is going on in Las Vegas right now and the new gadgets being shown off are a computer geek’s dream. The new 3-D TV’s, new cellphones which allow you to set up a wi-fi hotspot with the phone, and a phone that has cameras on both sides allowing you to conference call with multiple phones from anywhere, tablet pc’s, e-Readers and a Light Touch which uses a laser based pico projector paired with an infrared sensor to beam a touch screen controller onto any flat surface. Watch the video … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhfbKMoT2O8

Those who know, video chatting is becoming commonplace. Among the many, Gmail has it, Skype and a site called Oovoo which offers it free (video and or audio) for all sorts of computers and devices. With OoVoo, you can connect with anyone, anytime, with video calls, video messages, phone calls, and text messages. The main difference between Oovoo and Skype is that you can talk to up to six people at once. You can also use this program to send large files like pictures and music as well as share each other’s files on your computer desktop. http://www.oovoo.com/

Point your browser to Earth Album and prepare for a trip across the world. Earth Album is a Flickr mash-up site that allows you to view stunning photos from around the world. It’s easy to do simply click somewhere on the map, and up will pop up beautiful images from that area and since Flickr images are used and they change out every few weeks, you’ll never be stuck looking at the same old photo. http://www.earthalbum.com/

A mechanic was removing a cylinder-head from the motor of a Harley motorcycle when he spotted a well-known cardiologist in his shop. The cardiologist was there waiting for the service manager to come and take a look at his bike when the mechanic shouted across the Garage.”Hey, Doc, want to take a look at this?”
The cardiologist, a bit surprised, walked over to where the mechanic was working on the motorcycle.The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and ask,”So Doc, look at this engine. I open its’ heart, take the valves out, repair any damage, and then put them back in, and when I finish, it works just like new.So how come I make $39,675 a … See Moreyear and you get the really big bucks ($1,695,759) when you and I are doing basically the same work?”The cardiologist paused, smiled and leaned over, then whispered to the mechanic,”Try doing it with the engine running.”
(thanks, Joe)
I was golfing with a soldier who had just returned from Afghanistan. His plans included becoming a greens keeper once he was discharged in a few months. He applied to a local college for its golf course superintendent program, but the department chair worried that he might not be up for the job. “It’s stressful,” he said. “You have to fight the weather, insects and demanding club members.”
“Will anyone be shooting at me while I mow the grass?” asked the soldier.
“Of course not.”
“I’ll take the job.”
(thanks, Jack u-da-man)
I got stuck in a traffic jam while commuting into Los Angeles one day. The woman in the SUV in front of me took full advantage of the slowdown. She whipped out her eyebrow pencil, lip gloss and a mirror, applying the finishing touches on her face in the ten minutes it took us to creep through the Cahuenga Pass. Finally, the traffic broke up and as she zoomed away, I caught a glimpse of her vehicle’s license plate: NTRL BTY.
(thanks, Pat)
Our co-worker kept trying to get her mother to fly out for a visit. “No way am I getting on an airplane,” was the inevitable answer.
“Look, Mom, when it’s your time to go, it doesn’t matter if you’re on the ground or in the air.”
“I know,” said her mother. “I just don’t want to be that far off the ground when it’s the pilot’s time to go.”
(thanks, Andrew)
So, enjoy your weekend, whether you’re snowbound, or enjoying the Australian Summer (expected high of 91 degrees in Sydney today!), and as always, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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