Jim’s WebLetter for 5/22/10

Hi-ya friends and neighbors!

Want to try something new? If you’re like me, your Windows computer desktop is full of icons. Quick to start using a mouse and click, I open files and programs. Now, what if you didn’t have to use a mouse at all? No need to click Start or set up and control icons … just a few typed letters launches programs, files, even websites. Launchy 2.12 does that. The folks at CNET have put it through their tests and highly recommend it. Just download and install and begin using it with a couple of key strokes. The more you use it, the more you will come to realize you don’t need a mouse and you don’t need all those icons. Read all about it and download it for free, here … http://download.cnet.com/Launchy/3000-2248_4-10655308.html?tag=contentMain;contentBody

Well, this week Google made more news with the announcement of the Google TV system. Yea, this is the same system that Verizon’s CEO let slip out last week. Essentially, it’s “an Android-based operating system for televisions and set-top boxes that handles seamless integration of Web content and cable or satellite content”. Just when they will be on the shelf for sale is another matter.

Also this week, the smartphone market just got better as Android systems received an upgrade from Google. My Android 1.5 upgraded to 2.1 in my Eris phone and comes with some really slick features. Also reports of the 2.1 systems in phones like the Nexus One being upgraded to 2.2. This coming on the heals of the announcement that more Android phones are being sold than iPhones.

Up to now, all Google searches have been “unsecured”. That is, searches can be monitored by outside parties. But now, Google is rolling out a version of their search engine that starts with “https”. When you search on https://www.google.com, an encrypted connection is created between your browser and Google. This secured channel helps protect your search terms and your search results pages from being intercepted by a third party on your network. The service includes a modified logo to help indicate that you’re searching using SSL and that you may encounter a somewhat different Google search experience, but as always, remember to check the start of the address bar for “https” and your browser lock indicators.

Fun! While checking for a site for kids to report on today, I came across MySlurp.com … as if the food wasn’t fun enough … kids can play with their virtual “O”s in these online games sponsored by Campbell’s. Yea, this kid had some fun with it. After all, I have to try it out before I can report it, right? MMMmmm, good! http://www.myslurp.com/

My son-in-law sent along this site for family fun where you can sign up to get your kids free bowling at participating lanes. http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/index.php

A defendant was asked if he wanted a bench trial or a jury trial.
“Jury trial,” the defendant replied.
“Do you understand the difference?” asked the judge.
“Sure,” replied the defendant. “That’s where twelve ignorant people decide my fate instead of one.”
(thanks, Randy)
Some midshipmen were tasked at the maritime museum to do the “dirty work” of restoring a 60-year-old destroyer. One day the Navy sent a crew of 20 men, while the Marines sent a crew of three.
The curator teased one of the Navy midshipman, saying, “You mean it takes twenty Navy guys to do the work of only three Marines?”
“Sir, no sir,” he snapped back. “The truth is, sir, it takes six or seven of us to supervise each one of those Marines!”
(thanks, Rusty)
The Mexican restaurant looked great. Only one problem: It wasn’t open. So I jotted down the name for another day. Just then, a man came out of the restaurant and took a peek at what I’d written.
“That’s not the name of the restaurant,” he said, pointing to the sign over the door. “That’s Spanish for ‘Closed on Mondays.'”
(thanks, Betty)
Guy: Your glasses can’t be bad—you just got them!
Girl: Yeah, but I cheated on the eye exam, so it’s really my own fault.
Guy: That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.
Girl: I’m very competitive.
(thanks, Tony)
That’s it for this week … got a joke that you want to pass along? Send it to my email addy.

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

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