Jim’s WebLetter for 3/6/10

Hi-ya JWL readers!

It’s been a busy week moving in, unpacking and setting up in our new home on the pond here on Amelia Island. It’s always the preliminary stuff that’s the hardest … TV and Internet setup, moving furniture around, emptying boxes … but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. So, things were busy on the Web this week. Here are a few I discovered:

It’s like close captioning for YouTube as YT is adding a new feature to videos that uses speech recognition to create captions for videos viewed on the popular website. Twenty hours of new video is being added to YouTube each minute of every day. But hard of hearing and deaf viewers can’t take advantage of all the content being added. Even though the project team stresses that the system isn’t perfect, it’s being praised by users as a break-through addition to the ever growing video market. The story is on BBC news … http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8550830.stm

Reading David Pogue from the NY Times this week, he said the must have app for your computer is from the Windows Live suite called SkyDrive. This is a free, 25-gigabyte virtual hard drive on the Internet, accessible from any computer. According to David, “it’s a perfect intermediate parking place for files you want to shuttle from one computer to another. You can also use it for offsite backup of your most important files, or as a handy intermediary for sharing big folders with other people far away”. This is totally Mac and Windows compatible and is the replacement for thumb drives and exterior hard drives. Just sign up for a free Windows Live account at http://skydrive.live.com. Even though you start off with folders like Public and Documents, you can create your own folders, too. Max file size upload is 50 megs. Not big enough for full length feature videos, but big enough for photo albums, document backups and smaller videos.

And I see that this week, Google wrote another check and acquired DocVerse, a startup that adds Google Docs-like functionality to Microsoft Office. Presumably, as part of the Google Docs family, we’ll quickly see features emerge that make synchronization between Office and Docs seamless. http://mashable.com/2009/11/06/docverse/

As I have been working with my new cellphone, the Droid Eris, I have found a must-have app. It’s called simply, “Reverse Lookup”. It’s like using websites like AnyWho.com only easier. First of all, it tracks each call coming in to the phone and lets you look it up while you’re on the phone with that call. It also has an easy manual entry area to put in numbers you want accessed. It’s fast, easy to use and on my home page of my Eris. Droid users, go to Market, tap on Search and type in “Reverse Lookup”.

Finally, after the story this week about the Air Traffic controller who let his kids control air traffic while at work, Wired Magazine listed the Top Ten jobs where kids shouldn’t be allowed. With National Take Your Child to Work Day coming up on April 22nd, I thought these jobs listed was worth the read … http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2010/03/top-ten-jobs-where-not-to-celebrate-take-your-child-to-work-day/

Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting.
Well, for example, the other day my wife and I went into town and went into a shop. We were only in there for about 5 minutes. When we came out, there was a cop writing out a parking ticket. We went up to him and said, ‘Come on man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?’
He ignored us and continued writing the ticket. I called him a idiot. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tires. So my wife called him a jerk. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes. The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote. Personally, we didn’t care. We came into town by bus and the car had an Obama bumper sticker. We try to have a little fun each day now that we’re retired. It’s important at our age.
(thanks, dad)
On her forty-first birthday, a woman received, among other presents, an extravagantly expensive wrinkle-removing cream from her teenage daughter.
“And what did she give you last year?” a guest asked the mom.
Her reply without hesitation was: “The wrinkles!”
(thanks, Kathy)
A couple of hours into a visit with my mother, she noticed I hadn’t once lit up a cigarette. “Are you trying to kick the habit?” she asked.
“No,” I replied. “I have a cold, and I don’t smoke when I’m not feeling well.”
“You know,” she observed, “you’d probably live longer if you were sick more often.”
(thanks, Tim)
A chemist walks into a pharmacy and asks the pharmacist, “Do you have any acetylsalicylic acid?”
“You mean aspirin?” asked the pharmacist.
“That’s it! I can never remember that word.”
(thanks, Clint)
And on that word, it’s time to get back to unpacking and cleaning as the furniture store is showing up today with two new couches and an easy chair. We are so fortunate to be in a new home and with enough left over from the sale of the old home to get things like this. I like to say, “God is Good” and it’s not just because good things happen, but when anything happens. For those who have asked, my wife’s ankle is healing slowly from her fall of a week ago. We’re due in the doctor’s office for a check up on Thursday.

Until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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