Jim’s WebLetter for 6/19/10

Hi-ya WebLetter readers! Happy Father’s day!

To my Dad … I hope you have a good day. I appreciate you and love you. With the birth of Greg’s son this week, that means you now have 10 great grandkids!


This week, we discovered that the 2010 FIFA World Cup is now the most popular event in Web history … that the official FIFA World Cup website is currently receiving as many page views as Facebook. Read Write Web reports about the events taking place and offers links to apps for the iPhone and iPad to enable watching the games and getting details. http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/world_cup_becomes_most_popular_web_event_ever.php

Just this week I added a new extension to my Firefox browser. It’s called HTTPS Everywhere. Based on Google’s encrypted Web search option, the add-on gives me secure connections to several websites, protecting me from malware and “prying eyes”. This added form of privacy extends to such sites as Facebook, Twitter, Google Search, Wikipedia, The New York Times, The Washington Post, PayPal and Ixquick (the search engine). Read more about it and decide if you want it added to your browser … http://download.cnet.com/HTTPS-Everywhere/3000-11745_4-75211397.html?tag=mncol;txt

Speaking of Facebook, there’s a new application you can use to extract all your personal data from them. Give Me My Data gets anything you had created and then thought lost when profile changes were implemented in April. Facebook states that users “own all of the content and information” they have posted on its pages, so you are within your rights to extract it for use in anything else you post. http://givememydata.com/

Lastly, Utah carried out the sentence passed down 25 years ago of a convicted murderer. His death was by firing squad. I’m not going to get into a discussion about what’s right or wrong about the death penalty. Frankly, I think that waiting 25 years is absurd. But what was really significant about the event was how Twitter was used by thousands to tell the story allowing them to express their opinions. At one time, it was rumored that Twitter might be reaching the end of it’s usefulness because all you could do is “tweet”, or push a message for others to read. One man’s (or woman’s) opinion in a sea of opinions. But Twitter has lasted and is still growing. Wired magazine carried the story of how Utah’s attorney general released the information of the death on his Twitter account and some 7000 users took it and responded and passed it on to their friends. By the time network television had the chance to go live with the story, much of the nation already knew about it. A term broadcasters often refer to as, “old news”. Our news gathering has changed in this decade. We now can get the facts faster than the conventional reporting can relay. It makes you wonder just how long TV and Radio news reporting will last under these conditions. Maybe by another generation, it will just become “after the fact”. Here’s the story from Wired … http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/06/execution-announced-on-twitter/

At a wedding ceremony, the minister raised his hand to give the final blessing.
The bride misunderstood the gesture and surprised him with a high-five.
Not wanting to exclude the groom, the minister offered him a high-five, too.
He was finally able to get the blessing in, amid the laughter of the guests.
(thanks, Cindy)
(This joke made real sense to me after seeing a report that showed the majority of graduates believed their first job would pay them $145,000 a year. No kidding.)

“That’s a great place to work!” shouted my 16-year-old brother after coming home from the first day at his first job. “I get two weeks’ paid vacation.”
“I’m so glad,” said my mother.
“Yeah,” he added. “I can’t wait to find out where they send me.”
(thanks, Robbie)
Father’s Day was near when I brought my three-year-old son to the card store. Inside, I showed him the cards for dads and told him to pick one.
When I looked back, he was picking up one card after another, opening them up and quickly shoving them back into slots every which way. “What are you doing?” I asked. “Haven’t you found a nice card for Daddy yet?”
“No. I’m looking for one with money in it.”
(thanks, Ralph … I’ve never found one of those, either)
This tech goes on vacation — something his co-workers dread, reports another technician on the scene.
“Problems always arise when he leaves,” a co-worker says. “And so it happened: We have a computer gathering data on all outgoing phone calls in our company. The operator noticed that there were no new records that week, and called us.
“We went to the room where the computer stood amidst a jungle of cables, without knowing what their use was.
“After a half-hour of fighting with it, we had to disturb our friend on his vacation. Luckily he answered and told us that the solution was simple: We just had to plug the dark gray cable to the computer.
“We took a look, but found no ‘dark’ one, but simply a bunch of equally gray cables.
“After scratching our heads and telling him that we could not find it, we noticed a lonely red cable. We plugged it in and voila! Everything was back to normal.
“That’s when we remembered that he was color blind.”
(thanks, Fred)
That’s it this week, WebLetter readers. Thanks for your time and those who sent in the jokes. If you find something you’d like for me to pass along … just email it.

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

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