Jim’s WebLetter for 2/20/10

Hi-ya webfriends!

This week, I upgraded my Firefox browser to 3.6 and found a new feature called “Personas” which is designed to enhance the browser with a skin of your choice from 35,000 already available. Some other features of the new Firefox include Add-ons & Collections. Whatever you like to do online, there’s an add-on waiting to make it better. Plus there is zoom in and out at the touch of a button, more advanced search to find what you’re looking for, but … why not watch videos to show you the different aspects of using the browser? http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/video/

Also this week, I went to the Verizon store and went with the Android Eris phone. The jury is still out on this little smart phone as I am learning how to control battery life while downloading and trying the hundreds of new and very cool applications available for the Google based phone. I went with the Eris because it’s sleeker and lighter weight than it’s big brother, the Droid. Plus in everything I read, it has upgraded to the system big brother is running. On the outset, I must say that things are a lot different than using a blackberry, but every application I have tried has been an improvement in the smart phone. For Droid users, you have to be nodding as I mention how features like zoom in and out are as easy as two fingers moving in or out on the screen and the 5 megapixel camera shoots really good photos. Or how any of Google’s apps integrate seamlessly into the phone system. I have gmail, voice, maps, calendar and messages all together on one page. Flip the page to the right and a new screen appears with Wi-Fi and Blue tooth icons ready, and I can create 7 different pages of icons and widgets available at a soft touch of the finger. So far, so good. Now if I can just keep the battery charged. Here’s a 5 minute look at the Eris …http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo6d82ptscA

Did you hear about the school who gave laptops to it’s students only to spy on them using the webcams built into the machines? It’s been in the news and now amidst the growing number of lawsuits, the FBI is looking into the matter. Looks like the school, which admits to turning on the webcams some 42 times, may be wishing they had simply let the kids buy their own laptop. (Stimulus money in action!) http://news.cnet.com/8301-30977_3-10457077-10347072.html

Whenever possible, we have been watching the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC this week. Shawn White’s snowboarding and Apolo Anton Ohno’s short track speed skating are a thing to watch. Those guys are good. But one thing’s quite apparent to me … I am ready for warmer weather. If we’re not enduring cooler temps already (no thanks to Al “Global Warming” Gore), now we’re watching athletes and the crowds of people bundled up to keep from becoming human popsicle sticks. “Sorry” to those of you who LOVE this kind of weather. There’s a reason why I live in Florida. So, the Summer Olympics are two years away and will be held in London and the UK (http://www.london2012.com/). Maybe we’ll all be thawed out by then.

For the millions of us who have seen the movie, Avatar, there’s an app for that. Avatarizeyourself.com alters photos to turn people into aliens. Once images are uploaded and morphed into blue creatures, they can be saved like any other file. You must use a photo with a straight-on image so the final product will come out looking right. http://avatarizeyourself.com/

A man absolutely hated his wife’s cat and decided to get rid of him one day by driving him 20 blocks from his home and leaving him at the park. As he was getting home, the cat was walking up the driveway. The next day he decided to drive the cat 40 blocks away. He put the beast out and headed home. Driving back up his driveway, there was the cat! He kept taking the cat further and further and the cat would always beat him home. At last he decided to drive a few miles away, turn right, then left, past the bridge, then right again and another right until he reached what he thought was a safe distance from his home and left the cat there.
Hours later the man calls home to his wife: “Jen, is the cat there?”
“Yes”, the wife answers, “why do you ask?”
Frustrated, the man answered, “Put ’em on, I’m lost and need directions!”
(thanks, Tony)
As a butcher is shooing a dog from his shop, he sees $10 and a note in his mouth, reading: “10 lamb chops, please.”
Amazed, he takes the money, puts a bag of chops in the dog’s mouth, and quickly closes the shop. He follows the dog and watches him wait for a green light, look both ways, and trot across the road to a bus stop. The dog checks the timetable and sits on the bench. When a bus arrives, he walks around to the front and looks at the number, then boards the bus. The butcher follows, dumbstruck.
As the bus travels out into the suburbs, the dog takes in the scenery. After awhile he stands on his back paws to push the “stop” button, then the butcher follows him off.
The dog runs up to a house and drops his bag on the stoop. He goes back down the path, takes a big run, and throws himself -Whap!- against the door. He does this again and again. No answer. So he jumps on a wall, walks around the garden, beats his head against a window, jumps off, and waits at the front door. A big guy opens it and starts cursing and pummeling the dog.
The butcher runs up screams at the guy: “Hey what are you doing? This dog’s a genius!”
The owner responds, “Genius? It’s the second time this week he’s forgotten his key!”
(thanks, Henry)
Most folks believe that Ben Franklin discovered electricity with his famous kite experiment.
Actually, a women made that discovery possible.
The real story was that Ben Franklin was laying in bed with his wife one night, leaned over and whispered something in her ear.
She told him to go fly a kite. The rest is history.
(thanks, Kathy)
Two men were walking their dogs together. The first guy with a Chocolate lab and the second a Chihuahua
The first guy says, “Hey, you want to get something to eat?”
The second guy replies, “Yeah, but they all have signs that say ‘No Dogs Allowed’.”
The first guy with the lab puts sunglasses on and hands the other guy a pair. “Follow my lead,” he says.
As he walks into the restaurant a waiter stops him and says, “Sir, no dogs allowed.”
The man replies, “It’s O.K., this is my seeing eye dog.” The waiter apologizes and leads the man to a table as the second man enters.
The same waiter stops him but the guy says, “This is my seeing eye dog. I’m with the other guy.”
The waiter replies, “Sir, you can’t fool me, you have a Chihuahua.”
The man freaks out and says, “A Chihuahua? They gave me a Chihuahua?!”
(thanks, Marie)
And that’s this week’s look at the Web, friends. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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