Jim’s WebLetter for 6/12/10

Hi-ya webfriends!

Several new things came across the Web this week that I found interesting. Among them was a story in the NY Times about children and cellphones. It comes at the heels of our quick trip to see our grand daughter’s dance recital. While in the airport in Atlanta and St. Louis we saw some children with cellphones just blabbing away or texting while walking through the crowds of commuters. Is it me or do you think that kids with cells is a bit young? Well, the story in the Times gives some pretty good advice about children’s age and responsibility and the types of phones provided for them and you, the parent. If you’re facing that question in your family (to give or not to give?), take a moment and get some facts about kids and cellphones … http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/10/technology/personaltech/10basics.html?ref=technology

Speaking of phones, Apple released the new iPhone 4G this week with new features and hype. Frankly, from everything I’ve read and watched, I think it’s a nice piece of hardware with new features like editing video and photos on the fly, but as Steve Jobs and the rest of the world discovered, it’s weakest link is … AT&T. When he attempted to make the phone connect to the network during it’s international debut, the network failed. Just another reason why Jobs needs to make a deal with Verizon. Nuff said about that. By the way, the phone goes on sale June 24th at places like Walmart. Better price, faster service.

Something I also found on the Web this week and in two magazines (Wired and Fast Company) was a report about how the internet has changed the way we use our brains. Before the internet, we would read stories in the paper or magazine which allowed us to concentrate on one thing at a time. The storage facility of our brain would work more efficiently allowing for information to be gathered, reasoned, and stored for future use. But with the internet, we have bombarded our brain with multiple and varied kinds of information that come streaming in every minute we are connected through email, SMS feeds, texting and searches, causing our brains to change, both physically and cognitively, making us into more shallow thinkers than reasoners. We have become a society of multitaskers and our brains were not necessarily designed for it. Adaptation allows for some changes, but overall, we were not designed to be people who can handle several tasks at the same time. Interesting, huh? http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/05/ff_nicholas_carr/all/1

Whether you call it “football” or “soccer”, you have to know that the world is competing in South Africa this year. Because of the internet, we can follow our teams with up to date information and live broadcasts. To date, millions are watching online. Today, it’s USA vs England. Will be beat the Brits again? Follow the action from the FIFA website … http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249722/match=300061466/index.html

Wouldn’t you like to own a Droid Incredible running on Verizon for your very own? How can you get one? Well, Skyfire wants to give you one. Skyfire, the company that released the first Flash-video enabled Android browser last month wants to celebrate the browsers success in style, watching some of your favorite videos on a mobile device. This is an international contest, so get cracking. http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/06/11/weekend-giveaway-an-htc-incredible-from-skyfire/

This young man was elated when he turned eighteen in a state where curfew is 11:00 p.m. for anyone seventeen years of age and under.
He told his Dad how happy he was that now he could stay out until 3:00 a.m. if he wanted.
“Yes you can stay out as late as you want, but the car is under eighteen and it has to be in the garage by eleven,” his father said.
(thanks, Tony)
When I took my 5-year-old to the optometrist to pick up his new glasses, he asked why he had to wear them. The doctor replied, “They’re to help you read and be able to see the computer better.”
When we got back home, my son sat down at the computer. In a few minutes he called me over and said, “There’s something wrong with my glasses.”
“What’s the problem?”
“I can see the computer better, but I still can’t read.”
(thanks, Brenda)
A real wedding invitation:
Phil, Richard, Karen and Allison, and John, Matt and Steve request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their Mother and Father.
Because they are combining two households, they already have at least two of everything. So please, no presents!
Reception and garage sale immediately following the ceremony.
(thanks, Keith)
And that’s just a few things I came across this week on the Web, friends and neighbors … thank you for your time. It’s on to weekend things to do. Before I sign off, may I hope for you a great weekend, too … and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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