Jim’s WebLetter for 3/20/10

Hi-ya Webfriends!

It’s Saturday morning and I’m writing from my second floor office overlooking the pond where yesterday I saw Canadian geese, a blue heron, and a bunch of guys working around the area pressure washing anything that didn’t move. Must be Spring. You know Spring, it’s that time of year when you finally quit wearing layers and just stick to short sleeve shirts. It seems like it’s been YEARS since the last time I could do that … what a long Winter it’s been.

This week I heard that Google is teaming up with Intel, Sony and Logitech to create (drum roll, please) Google TV. CNET reports that they’re working on set top boxes and eventually, integrated into TV’s running on the Android system (do I hear “cellphone” broadcasting coming with this?). http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-20000673-265.html?tag=mncol

Also new out is a product from Intel which connects your laptop to your big screen TV set, wirelessly. Called WiDi, the application isn’t perfect, but promises to deliver a smoother transmission and is simple to set up. USA Today’s Edward C. Baig reviews the WiDi in his article in the Technology section of Wednesday’s paper and on their website … http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/edwardbaig/2010-03-18-baig18_ST_N.htm

It’s hard to believe that in this day and time there are people who refuse to make an online purchase. Whether you use a credit card, debit card or a pay service like PayPal, there is always a measure of risk involved, but it’s certainly as safe as if you swipe your card at the supermarket or at Walmart. What’s important to know is, if your computer is safe from viruses and malware and the site you’re purchasing from is reputable and well known (i.e., Amazon.com), you’ll have a pleasant purchasing experience and in many cases, free shipping. First time buyers, the NY Times has a story you should read. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/technology/personaltech/18basics.html?src=me&ref=technology

Speaking of advances, the days of handing out and collecting business cards are quickly going away now that there is a virtual business card designed to make networking a snap, or in this case, a click. Dub Me Now is a free service available for iPhone, Blackberry and Android phones. Just create a “Dub” and store it in your phone. Then when you want to exchange information with someone, just Dub them. If they don’t have Dub Me Now installed, they get a message sent by you with your contact info and a link to create their card. Once they do, your info is saved to their mobile address book and theirs to yours. It sure beats carrying cards around with you, and “free” means never having to order cards again from the print shop. https://www.dubmenow.com/

A preacher went to his church office on Monday morning and discovered a dead mule in the church yard.
He called the police. Since there did not appear to be any foul play, the police referred the preacher to the health department. They said since there was no health threat that he should call the sanitation department. The manager said he could not pick up the mule without authorization from the mayor. The preacher was not too eager to call the mayor, who had a bad temper and was generally hard to deal with, but the Preacher called him anyway.
The mayor did not disappoint. He immediately began to rant and rave at the pastor and finally said, “Why did you call me any way? Isn’t it your job to bury the dead?”
The preacher paused for a brief prayer and asked the Lord to direct his response. He was led to say, “Yes, Mayor, it is my job to bury the dead, but I always like to notify the next of kin first!”
(thanks, Rob)
My husband David’s colleague at a package-processing center was trapped in a small rest room by a faulty lock.
When he was finally discovered, David and another worker were able to open the door with some difficulty. The lock was still jammed, so they blocked the door open while a maintenance worker was called.
A bit later, David noticed the door was closed again. He jiggled the doorknob and a voice from inside called, “Get me out!”
“Don’t worry,” David replied, “maintenance should be sending somebody.”
“They did,” said the voice.
(thanks, Mary)
Things You Never Hear in Church

Hey! It’s my turn to sit in the front pew.
I was so enthralled, I never noticed your sermon went 25 minutes over time.
Personally I find witnessing much more enjoyable than golf.
I’ve decided to give our church the $500 a month I used to send to TV evangelists.
I volunteer to be the permanent teacher for the Junior High Sunday School class.
Forget the denominational minimum salary, let’s pay our pastor so he can live like we do.
I love it when we sing hymns I’ve never heard before!
Since we’re all here, let’s start the service early.
Pastor, we’d like to send you to this Bible seminar in the Bahamas.
Nothing inspires me and strengthens my commitment like our annual stewardship campaign!
(thanks, Karen)
Our neighbors gave us a pumpkin pie as a holiday gift. As lovely as the gesture was, it was clear from the first bite that the pie tasted bad. It was so inedible that we had to throw it away. Ever gracious and tactful, my wife sent the neighbors a note. It read: “Thank you very much for the pumpkin pie. Something like that doesn’t last very long in our house.”
(thanks, Kathy)
So, that’s a glance at some of the things going on around the internet this week. Thanks for your time. God bless you and keep you safe.

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