Jim’s WebLetter for 4-4-10

Hi-ya Webfriends!

Hey, you know what? Verizon will be selling iPhone cellphones. Do you know how many people have said that to me in the past month? AT&T’s hold on the mobile phone may soon be coming to a competitive end as the new iPhone 4 will be released this season. All this means is Verizon users have something else to choose from as a phone of choice. Hopefully their phone service will be better because one of the main complaints of the current phone service is spotty and dropped calls (hear that AT&T?). The other question that comes to mind is, “will the Verizon phone be priced less than the AT&T phone”? CNET’s Marguerite Reardon writes of a possible price war, comparing what took place in the UK when the iPhone was sold by several phone companies. http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-20002166-266.html?tag=newsLeadStoriesArea.1

Facebook has more than 400 million registered users. Many of them are living in the UK. Now, Facebook wants to help them become registered voters for the upcoming elections. The BBC reports that Facebook users who visit the site over the weekend will be asked if they have registered to vote. If they say “No” they will be sent to a page linked to the Electoral Commission that lets them enter details online. Is this something that can be done here in the states? Sounds like a good idea. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/election_2010/8610298.stm

If you love taking photos and showing them to friends and family, here’s a unique site that lets you upload them, arrange them in a slideshow and add some extras to make them memorable. Kizoa stores, organizes and helps you create masterpieces. Then you can embed them into your blog or website and even burn your finished product to a DVD. And best of all, it’s free … http://www.kizoa.com/

Here’s a cool new application online that takes words and makes them into shapes. In there own words, “Tagxedo turns words — famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters — into a visually stunning tag cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.” It’s easy to use and once created, can be printed or copied. http://www.tagxedo.com/

Tiger Woods is back and the Tiger Woods video game is online. What timing. EA Sports, the owner of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online has released the game for free through their website. Of course, the game comes with additional features you must purchase, and the avatar is not very customizable, but it, none the less, is still one of the best free video games online. There’s a quick video and setup at the site’s opening and then, you’re set to play … http://tigerwoodsonline.ea.com/

A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd, in a remote mountainous pasture in California, when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust.
The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, Will you give me a calf?”
Bud looks at the man,obviously a yuppie,then looks at his peacefully grazing herd, and calmly answers, “Sure, Why not?”
The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location, which he then feeds to another NASA satellite, that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.
The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg,Germany ..
Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email, on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives his response.
Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer, turns to the cowboy and says, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves..”
“That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says Bud.
He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.
Then Bud says to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?”
The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?”
“You’re a Congressman for the U.S. Government”, says Bud.
“Wow! That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?”
“No guessing required.” answered the cowboy. “You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t know a thing about how working people make a living – or about cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep. ……
Now give me back my dog!
(thanks, dad)
The small-town doctor was famous in the area for always catching VERY large fish.
One day while he was on one of his frequent fishing trips he got a call that a woman at a neighboring farm was giving birth. He rushed to her aid and delivered a healthy baby boy.
The farmer had nothing to weigh the baby with so the doctor used his fishing scale.
The baby weighed in at 32 pounds, 10 ounces.
(thanks, Betty)
A 55-year-old man who was born on May 5, has been married 5 years, has 5 children, makes $55,555.55 a year, and who’s lucky number is 5, receives a phone call from a friend.
The friend informs the man that a horse named Lucky 5 will be running in the fifth race at the local track that evening.
Excitedly, the man withdraws $5,555.00 cash from his bank account, goes to the races and bets on Lucky 5 to win.
Sure enough, the horse comes in fifth.
(thanks, Frank)
Tower: “Eastern 702, cleared for takeoff, contact Departure on 124.7” Southwest 702: “Tower, Southwest 702 switching to Departure… by the way, as we lifted off we saw some kind of dead animal on the far end of the runway.” Tower: “Continental 635, cleared for takeoff, contact Departure on 124.7… did you copy the report from Southwest?” Continental 635: “Continental 635, cleared for takeoff… and yes, we copied Southwest and we’ve already notified our caterers.”
(thanks, Bart)
That’s this week’s Web collection, friends. Have a great weekend and, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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