Jim’s WebLetter for 8/21/10

Hi-ya Webfriends!

Several significant things happened this week that you need to hear about, so grab your favorite beverage, sit in a comfortable chair, and let me tell you about some of them and give you a link for more information in this week’s JWL …

First, Intel believes today’s Web-connected machines aren’t adequately secured. To fix that, the company announced this week that it is buying security company McAfee for $7.68 billion. This is the biggest acquisition in its 42-year history. Intel said offering protection for mobile devices, TVs, cars, ATMs, and medical gadgets requires a new approach that can tie together software, hardware, and services. This represents a major step in the direction of one-stop service. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38768840/ns/business-us_business/

Because many of you have a Facebook account, you should know a little about the new “Places” that FB is offering, or actually pushing on you. Their idea is to become the first place you come to in order to get to anything else. You “check in” and it leads you to other things. The first issue of course is privacy, something they’re not known for being good keepers. They will know everything you are doing, who you are and where you are. And this extends outside the Web as mobility and GPS will follow you ever step of the way. Yes, that has already begun for those who own a smartphone and keep their GPS service on. Facebook takes it to the next level and it’s check in service means you and everyone you have friended are being traced. And we all thought that “Big Brother” would be doing that to us. Here’s Facebook’s take on the new system … http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=418175202130
Here’s how to disable Places … http://lifehacker.com/5616395/how-to-disable-facebook-places

This week, the buzz has been about the article that appeared in Wired.com written by two guys who have had a lot to do with analyzing the future of the internet. In their story, “The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet”, Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff explain that the rise of smartphones and it’s technology is beginning to eat away at the importance of the Web portion of the internet and that more people are enjoying the applications that smartphones have over the Web. It’s interesting that after I read that article which actually blames us and the Web industry for all this change, the lights went out at home for about an hour (seems it was pretty much the whole island that lost power). But while I had no Web access with my in-home wifi, my smartphone was connected and I had Web access as well as all the apps on my phone. The long and short of it, the Web will always be around, but the new “computers” (i.e., tablets and smartphones) will be accessing features and applications that are not Web driven. Makes for interesting reading … http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/08/ff_webrip/

By the way, if you’ve been thinking about spending some of those hard earned bucks on an iPad, you might want to wait just a little bit longer. This week, LG announced it will be releasing it’s new tablet called “Optimus” which it calls “better than an iPad”. Less expensive and more features, according to the Wall Street Journal. “The tablet will include content focused on creation such as writing documents, editing video and creating programs. It will also have ‘high-end features and new benefits’ many of which will focus on productivity. It’s going to be surprisingly productive”. Meanwhile, HP will be selling the “Slate” about Christmas time. Ho Ho Ho! http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704476104575439394082294812.html?KEYWORDS=LG+tablet

When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects. Still, a few fireflies followed us in.
Noticing them before I did, Billy whispered, “It’s no use Grandpa. Now the mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights.”
A little girl was diligently pounding away on her Grandfather’s’ word processor. She told him she was writing a story. “What’s it about?” he asked. “I don’t know,” she replied.. “I can’t read.”
A 6-year-old was asked where his grandma lived. “Oh,” he said, “she lives at the airport, and when we want her, we just go get her. Then, when we’re done having her visit, we take her back to the airport.
(thanks, Jeryl … I can relate)
A lawyer was asked if he would like to become a Jehovah’s Witness. He declined, stating that he hadn’t seen the accident, but said that he would still be interested in taking the case.
(thanks, Jennie)
I was driving around and around a parking garage in search of an available space but couldn’t find anything. Then I noticed a couple walking ahead of me. I rolled down my window and called out, “Going out?”
Turning the man said, “No, just friends.”
(thanks, Howard)
With fire alarms blaring at my mom’s apartment complex, she grabbed her favorite bathing suit and ran out.
“A bathing suit?” I said later. “Of all the priceless things in that apartment, that’s what you chose to save?”
“Material things come and go,” she said with a shrug. “But a one-piece suit that doesn’t make you look fat is impossible to replace.”
(thanks, Pam)
Although there was so much more to report this week, I’m cutting it off here. Have a great weekend and if you’re going to go see the movie, “Eat, Pray, Love” with Julia Roberts … skip it. After the Italy scenes, it’s all downhill after.

Until next weekend, May God bless you and keep you safe.

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