Jim’s WebLetter for 1/30/10

Hi-ya webfolks!

It’s the weekend and time to reflect on the Web events of the past few days. Boy, has it been interesting! Maybe it cam be summed up in one word … Apple. Fortunately, there are a few other things happening on the wide wonderful Web, so let me show you a few in this week’s JWL …

The long anticipated release of the Apple tablet came out this week … to mixed reviews. Maybe all the hype is what the tech world needs as we get into a new year that promises great things. But with the release of this new device, what we all need to remember is first generation products tend to have limited features or abilities. The i-Pad falls under that category. I don’t know who came up with the name, but it’s sure to cause a lot of problems as it’s name has already been copyrighted by another company (Fujitsu). I turned to CNET to view and read a comprehensive study on the new device which I believe you will find interesting. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10443604-37.html?tag=mncol;txt

It’s now 2010 (for those living in a cave) and one thing has become apparent after the first decade of the 21st century: Television and radio news organizations have become the “old way” of reporting breaking news. Twitter and Facebook have become the new way. Matter of fact, ABC News happened to be monitoring Facebook when the story of the Haitian earthquake broke. Twitter’s millions of ‘tweeters’ keep each other up to date by the minute while applications like Facebook Connect, provide a quick alternative that literally connects readers with stories and events as they happen.

What this is signaling is the news organizations must learn to tune in and keep up, or they will fall by the wayside. It’s already happening with the newspaper industry (105 newspaper organizations were closed by mid 2009). And now TV news is finding fewer viewers as more people get their news from the Web (new Pew research just released for January 2010).

This is all being aided by the fact that more people are terminating their TV subscriptions and are using the internet as their source for entertainment and the news (http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/02/06/internet.tv/index.html). The new TV’s being sold are internet-ready. Just plug and play. Matter of fact, with the Superbowl comes super prices at places like Walmart who are offering deep discounts on new top-line televisions tomorrow (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60S5UU20100129). Couple that with the fact that rising unemployment cuts into the family budget, and the fact that many people are becoming disatisfied with much of TV’s programming content, the internet is becoming the alternative rather than just an enhancement to viewing. http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/mar/10/100500/na-tv-is-just-a-click-away/

My wife still loves the Kindle I got her last year. This weekend we’ve been having a garage sale to unload stuff we don’t want to take with us in our move to a new home here on the island. We put out boxes of books she no longer wants to hang on to because, first, she can get them on her Kindle and second, they take up space. We sold all but one box of books in the first hour. All the while, she sits and reads from her little Kindle and when that book is done, she downloads another and continues reading. It sure beats boxing up pounds of paperbacks and hundreds of hardbounds, I can assure you. Now, there’s a social networking site that helps you avoid a bad read. Review books, build reading lists, and get great book recommendations. But the best thing about Book Army is the ability to make direct contact with your favorite authors. http://bookarmy.com/

For me, I’m less about books and more about magazines and news websites. For magazines, one that surpasses almost any other is the Smithsonian. Their publication is superb. Simply put, with the Magazine of the Smithsonian Institution, you can see and read explorations in art, history, and science. Be sure to check out “Travel” while you’re there … http://www.smithsonianmag.com/

At the UPS cargo phone center where I worked, a woman called and said, “I need a baseball quote.”
I immediately answered with Yogi Berra’s famous “It ain’t over ’til it’s over!”
There was a brief moment of silence before the woman asked, “What was that?”
“You asked me for a baseball quote, and that was the first thing that came into my head.”
“Oh … my husband told me to call and get a baseball quote.”
“Does he want to ship something?”
“Maybe he meant a ballpark figure?”
(thanks, Jack)
I got in a fight one time with a really big guy, and he said, “I’m going to mop the floor with your face!”
I said, “You’ll be sorry.”
He said, “Oh, yeah? Why?”
I said, “Well, It’s not very absorbent and you won’t be able to get into the corners very well.”
(thanks, Jim)
Overheard in a Social Security office:
“I’d like to apply for Disability, please.”
“What is your disability?”
“I’m having trouble with my eyes.”
“What kind of eye trouble?”
“I can’t see myself going to work.”
(thanks, Dorothy)
My husband and I decided to take our two children, then ages seven and three, to our favorite “adult” restaurant for the first time. The younger child refused to stay in her seat and danced around our table. Her sister, tears rolling down her face, laughed loudly at the three-year-old’s antics and pounded the table.
Beet-red with embarrassment, my husband warned them through clenched teeth, “If you don’t start behaving, you’ll never eat out with us again!”
The man at the next table leaned over to his wife. “Look dear,” he said. “Quality time!”
(thanks, Reggie … been there, done that)
Have a great weekend, and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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