Jim’s WebLetter for 4/3/10

Hi-ya Webreaders and surfers!

So, show of hands now, who hasn’t heard of the new iPad tablet by now? You have to hand it to Steve Jobs and his crack promotion team for promoting an overpriced, under performing, first generation apparatus that you can or can’t live without, depending how you look at it. It computes with one hand, but it doesn’t have a camera, you can write text and email, but can’t do more than one maybe two things at a time (aka ‘multitask’), there are online applications for it, but you can’t watch any videos in the Flash format (almost EVERY video online is in flash). The list goes on. The concept of the tablet is a great one, don’t get me wrong. I see that I will own one when the NEXT generation of tablets is released with all the right features (built in camera, fast processor, HD video, stereo music player, a kick stand to hold it upright, a decent price) are included. Til then, I’ll be happy with Windows 7 on my laptop and Android system on my cellphone. CNET’s Tom Merritt has the top 5 reasons for getting one, and not getting one … Don’t get one: http://cnettv.cnet.com/8301-13415_53-20001280-11.html
Get one: http://cnettv.cnet.com/8301-13415_53-20001281-11.html

Well it was another week in Web purchases for Google … their pockets seem almost bottomless. This time they acquired a little known company called Episodic, which specializes in video hosting with a way to make money from people clicking on the videos, and inserting ads into the videos at certain points during the video’s play. But wait, doesn’t YouTube already do that with much of their videos in the Shows section? Well, yes and no. Much of the videos are actually from Crackle, a video company that does the ad insertion. So, Google now owns a company that does that. But there’s something more that Episodic does. Live streaming with ad insertion. Now you can be watching a major event, and go to an advertisement like TV does with the nightly news. This could become a feature on Google TV when it rolls out soon. Episodic also offers video services for mobile phones, and a way to track viewership. You can see what Episodic does here … http://www.episodic.com/

Those Swedish people, always thinking of something new. It started out as a way for the government to get their people to pay the TV tax, but it has evolved into much more. “Make a Thank You movie” allows you to upload a photo of yourself or someone you know, and embed it to the video. You become the hero for getting people to pay their tax. The incredible work that goes into it is worth the wait while you watch the countdown to completion. http://en.tackfilm.se/

Barcodes. You see them on the back of every product you purchase in the store. You see them in magazines and books. They are useful little bars that are scanned into computer systems to keep track of everything from pricing to destinations. They can also be used to pass along information from one person to another. Now, iPhone and Android phone users can download free barcode scanning software that the phone’s camera uses to take a picture and translate what the barcode says. There are lots of places online that allow you to create and post barcodes, but one called Stickybits takes things a bit further with a versital software that you can create the barcode and have it made into tabs that can be stuck to surfaces. Use the barcode to relay your information to another person like a business card, or post the barcode for calendar dates to remember. There are a host of things you can do (I have posted one on the front page of the Shrimp Festival website which allows you to put the festival dates into your calendar at shrimpfestival.com). http://www.stickybits.com/

And finally today, still photography is taking a shot at 3D animation on a new website called Start3D.com, which transforms electronic photographs into three dimensional images. It works by uploading two photos of the same object, one taken from the left eye and one from the right (or about 3 inches apart). Once created, albums can be stored and shared on the site. http://start3d.com/vi

Two 80-year-old women, Rose and Barb had been friends all of their lives.
When it was clear that Rose was dying, Barb visited her every day.
One day Barb said, ‘Rose, we both loved playing women’s softball all our lives, and we played all through High School. Please do me one favor; when you get to Heaven, somehow you must let me know if there’s women’s softball there.’
Rose looked up at Barb from her deathbed and said, ‘Barb, you’ve been my best friend for many years. If it’s at all possible, I’ll do this favor for you.’
Shortly after that, Rose passed on.
A few nights later, Barb was awakened from a sound sleep by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calling out to her, ‘Barb, Barb.’
‘Who is it?’, asked Barb, sitting up suddenly. ‘Who is it?’
‘Barb — it’s me, Rose.’
‘You’re not Rose. Rose just died.’
‘I’m telling you, it’s me, Rose,’ insisted the voice.
‘Rose! Where are you?’
‘In Heaven,’ replied Rose. ‘I have some really good news and a little bad news.’
‘Tell me the good news first,’ said Barb.
‘The good news,’ Rose said, ‘is that there’s softball in Heaven. Better yet all of our old buddies who died before us are here, too. Better than that, we’re all young again. Better still, it’s always springtime, and it never rains or snows. And best of all, we can play softball all we want, and we never get tired.’
‘That’s fantastic,’ said Barb. ‘It’s beyond my wildest dreams! So what’s the bad news?’
‘You’re pitching Tuesday.’
(thanks, dad)
A scout for one of the leading colleges went to the office of the athletic director and announced, “Have I got an athlete for you! This guy can play every sport and excels at every position. He is absolutely the finest athlete I have ever seen play.”
The athletic director was very impressed but had to ask the question, “But how is he scholastically?”
The scout replied, “He makes straight A’s in every subject. However, I must tell you his B’s are a little crooked.”
(thanks, Allen)
A tourist on his way to Tuscaloosa came to a fork in the road and stopped. There was no sign indicating which route went where.
Spotting a boy by the road, he yelled out, “Hey, kid, does it matter which road I take to Tuscaloosa?”
“Not to me it don’t,” replied the boy.
(thanks, Rob)
Shortly after reporting to the 101st Airborne Division, we were ordered to fall out in our dress uniforms. Only problem was, I didn’t know how to tie a necktie. So I asked the guy in the next bunk for help.
“Sure,” he said. “Lie down.”
Confused, I lay down on the bunk and he tied my tie. “Sorry, but this is the only way I know how,” he said. “Comes from practicing on my father’s clients.”
“What does your father do?”
“He’s a mortician.”
(thanks, Roger)
And that’s this week’s look into the wide wonderful world of the Web, friends. Thank you for your time. Now, it’s a beautiful day in FLA and time to get things done around here I can enjoy it!
It’s Easter weekend. May God bless you and keep you safe.

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