Jim’s WebLetter for 4/24/10

Hi-ya my friends!

How’s this for a promotional idea … you have a prototype of a new product you want people to notice so you take it into a public place and “accidentally” leave it when you walk out. Someone notices it, takes pictures and posts it all over the internet. You sometime later go back to that public place and make sure everyone knows you are asking for it to be returned. That is also posted all over the internet. Now everyone who is in the media picks up on this story and runs with it and the next thing you know, anyone who might be interested in that product is now inquiring about it. Pretty good promotion, huh? You didn’t spend a dime promoting it, but now everyone is interested in it. Now you have the story about the new iPhone that was left at a bar. Pretty clever of Apple to do that. Now everyone is wondering about the new phone, and everyone is speculating if the guy who “left it behind” really did by accident, or … was the one to set up the promotion. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-20003239-92.html?tag=nl.e496

If you use McAfee antivirus software for your PC, you may have had problems with the recent update. According to a report on CNET, the update released on Wednesday had bugs in it that created problems like crashing or the PC keeps rebooting. A public apology has been released and staffers have been working around the clock to help customers get their systems back online. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-20003247-83.html?tag=nl.e703

There’s a new application for cellphones that is sure to become popular called Talki. This is a mobile version of texting, sharing photos and local calling to friends in other countries all rolled into one. There is no catch. In their words, “The talki app is free to download and use forever. You get UNLIMITED text and picture messages between you and your talki friends, and you can buy some extra talki credits to send text and picture messages or make calls to any mobile phone, anywhere in the world”. Rates are 1.3 cents a minute. It works on any cellphone, and it’s a free download. http://talki.me/

You know, one of the segments of internet society that has held on even when others come and go is internet radio. Three of the most used and listened to are Pandora, Slacker and Yahoo’s Launchcast. Launchcast includes commercials, just like a regular radio station does. Now we all know that commercials are the bane of radio and television, but Yahoo Music makes them cool and unobtrusive. Get in, get out and back to the music. Just pick your genre or category by the city and let it run. I found under West Palm Beach, a radio station I worked on back in the mid 70’s (107.9 WIRK). Minimize the window down to your taskbar and go on with other things like, write newsletters and blogs. http://music.yahoo.com/launchcast

The food in China can be a challenge for newcomers. One example is that chicken is often served “cleaver style,” leaving the meat and bones chopped up together, making it difficult to eat.
Years ago, I went with a group of newcomers to a nice hotel to eat some hamburgers and normal Western food. One lady in our group, Marie, wanted to eat chicken without needing to spit out the bones, so she ordered “boneless chicken.”
The waiter, whose English was quite good, could not imagine what Marie wanted. She was very insistent, saying, “I want boneless chicken. Chicken with no bones!”
After more confusion and more insisting, the waiter finally said he understood, wrote something down, and returned to the kitchen.
After about 15 minutes, our orders started coming out to the table. Marie’s food was the last to arrive, and when the poor waiter placed her dish in front of her, we all laughed out loud. It was a plate of fried eggs.
(thanks, Reggie)
A young woman walked into a local carpet store. She’d just moved out of her parent’s home and needed something for her new living-room floor.
“Do you know how big the room is?” the clerk asked.
“Yes,” she said. “It’s 22 flip-flops long by 18 flip-flops wide … and I wear a size 8.”
(thanks, Mary)
During the cold winter a family was preparing to go out for an evening activity. The wife, who was normally bustling about getting the children ready to leave, was this evening instead standing right inside the front door, her arms full of coats.
And instead of being prepared to leave, her four small children were busy running circles around her playing one of their non-stop games of tag.
Her husband, coming down the stairs, was shocked at the spectacle.
“Honey,” he said, “What are you doing just standing there? We’ll be late!”
“Here,” his wife replied, handing him the coats with a smug smile, “I thought that this time you would like to have the privilege of putting the children into their coats, while I go and honk the horn.”
(thanks, Robert)
Our seven-year-old daughter was thrilled when we took her to Disney World for the first time and she headed straight for Space Mountain. I worried that the roller coaster would be too scary for her, but she insisted. To her delight, we rode it twice.
The next year we returned to Magic Kingdom and my daughter, now eight, again dragged me to Space Mountain. As we stood in line, I could see her soberly studying the signs that warn about the ride’s speed.
“Dad,” she said, “I don’t think I want to go.”
I asked her why she would be nervous when she had enjoyed herself last time.
She replied, “This year I can read better!”
(thanks, Tony)
Next weekend marks the 47th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina, and as I am a member of the committee, I will be downtown all weekend in the middle of the activities. You are invited. Before you come, visit http://www.shrimpfestival.com and find out what’s happening. This year, we have a mobile version of the website for cellphone users so you can take the website with you and find out where everything is and who will be playing on stage at what time. Enjoy! Meanwhile, I will be taking the weekend off from writing Jim’s WebLetter to work the festival.

Until the following weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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