Jim’s WebLetter for 1/23/10

Hi-ya neighbors and friends!

It’s Saturday morning and time for another edition of Jim’s WebLetter. In this week’s JWL, YouTube, Google Chrome, traveling by boat, and how life works are on my mind … here’s what I discovered:

YouTube is forever changing and improving itself. Just in the past few weeks they’ve added HD quality to video display. The result of all their work is a video page chock-full of features that reflect a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but can feel cluttered and a little overwhelming. So the folks a YT have been taking comments from users and this week released a streamlined video page offering the best possible watching experience currently available. The streamlined look and functionality is more subdued, stripped down and simple than before. New player sizing and video quality controls allow you to pick a larger size to watch your video. When you pick the size, the YouTube server picks the ideal quality but you can also pick the specific video quality (SD, HD or 1080p).

To check out this new look all you have to do is opt-in. Click on this link to try it out …

Another place to search … if you visit the “Shows” link (http://www.youtube.com/shows), you’ll find a huge collection of TV programs available. My favorite is Classic TV (Jack Benny, You Bet Your Life, The Avengers, Bat Masterson). Select from the list on the left and explore.

If you’ve been playing with the idea of using a new browser (especially after my report last week about Internet Explorer), you may decide to use Google’s Chrome browser. If you already have their “Voice” phone system, now the two are integrated allowing you to make phone calls right from the Chrome browser. The Google Voice extension on Chrome adds a small box in the upper right of the browser. You can type in a name or phone number and call or SMS (Short Message Service) it from the browser, and read recent text messages and transcribed voicemails. Where I have a Google Voice number, I haven’t been using it much as my Verizon calling plan has given me enough minutes I never run over. But, what I have seen is Google slowly integrating all it’s services into a single system, powered by it’s Chrome browser. And that is going to make life so much simpler. Download Chrome and try it out … http://www.google.com/chrome
Download and install the Google Voice extension (you must have a Voice account – it’s free) …
Read more about the Voice/Chrome set up … http://www.techcrunch.com/2010/01/23/google-voice-extensions-chrome-chromium/

The wonders of the Web extend into travel and vacations and have for years. Using sites like Expedia and Travelocity, at one time, gave you deep discounts when setting up travel. Now here’s a site that will set you up with deep (up to 70%) discounts on cruises. Vacations To Go keeps tabs on unsold cabins, and when you sign up, will send you information on booking them and provide great rates. Their 90-day ticker contains the complete listing of last-minute cruises. Note that the average availability is less than 7 days. The site also has a “Find A Bargain” link that shows you early bird specials, two-for-one promotions and more on every cruise line in the world. There’s no charge to register, and no obligation. Want to cruise? Visit http://www.vacationstogo.com/?source=asn1

I discovered that cruise information on a site called “How Life Works”. This site is a bookmark waiting to happen. Choose from such categories as Business, Careers, Technology, and Travel, and find a treasure trove of articles and links for all sorts of things to take advantage of. Under Finance, for instance, there’s an article on reducing the cost of your auto insurance by comparison shopping. All the stories are practical and are easy to understand. http://www.howlifeworks.com/

An airline reservation agent took a call from a man who wanted to book a flight for two but wasn’t happy with the price of $59 per ticket.
“I want the $49 fare I saw advertised,” he insisted, saying he would accept a flight at any time.
The agent managed to find two seats on a 6 a.m. flight.
“I’ll take it,” he said, then worried his wife might not like the early hour.
The agent warned there was a fee of $25 per person if he changed the reservation.
“Oh, that’s no problem,” he said dismissively. “What’s fifty bucks?”
(thanks, Roger)
At our Mother/Daughter banquet, the pastor’s wife asked for the daughters to come forward to share what their mothers had taught them. She choose my 14-year-old daughter first. As I sat there reviewing all the wonderful things I had taught her, she said to the crowd, “My mom taught me to love my body now, because I’m going to hate it when I’m 40.”
(thanks, Sheila)
The small town’s sheriff was also its veterinarian. One night the phone rang and his wife answered.
An agitated voice inquired, “Is your husband there?”
“Do you require his services as a sheriff or as a vet?”
“Both. We can’t get our dog’s mouth open, and there’s a burglar in it.”
(thanks, Kathy)
In the back woods of Arkansas, Mr. Stewart’s wife went into labor in the middle of the night, and the doctor was called out to assist in the delivery. To keep the nervous father-to-be busy, the doctor handed him a lantern and said, “Here, you hold this high so I can see what I’m doing.” Soon, a wee baby boy was brought into the world. “Whoa there Scotty!” said the doctor. “Don’t be in a rush to put the lantern down… I think there’s yet another wee one to come.” Sure enough, within minutes he had delivered another little baby. “No, no, don’t be in a great hurry to be putting down that lantern, young man… It seems there’s yet another one besides!” cried the doctor. The new father scratched his head in bewilderment, and asked the doctor: “Do ya think it’s the light that’s attractin’ them?”..
(thanks, Angus)
Make it a great weekend, and until next week, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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