Jim’s WebLetter for 9/4/10

Hi-ya neighbors!

I’ve been following the tech advances of the week and what was notable to me was … Apple released the new and improved Apple TV, which is a box about the size of your hand. Facebook has added an important security feature. Social media now includes music that you like with Like.fm. And Justin.tv has gone Android … all marking the public’s eye turning away from typical media to new a generation oriented with sharing when you want and not when the corporate TV and radio wants. But I’ll give you more details as you read today’s JWL …

Like.fm allows you to share and discover new music easily and for free. Keep track of what you listen to and share it with your friends, and see what new music they recently like. It’s free to sign up and get linked in. I consider it another way radio is losing listeners. How radio works is their playlists are formed from a few people (small group surveys and what music directors like) and they may or may not like what you like. Like.fm lets you effortlessly keep a record of what you listen to from any player. Based on your taste, Like.fm then recommends you more music and concerts. Your friends can get a notice showing what songs you were listening to … http://like.fm/

Justin.tv isn’t the first to do mobile broadcasting, but they seem to be getting right. With Justin.tv’s mobile applications, both on Android and the soon-to-launch iPhone version, connectivity issues have been addressed through the use of smooth streaming and what they call “adaptive bitrate technologies”. What this means is that the mobile app can ping the phone to determine how much upload bandwidth you currently have available and then make adjustments to the quality of the encoded video, adaptively reducing or increasing the bitrate of your stream as the network coverage gets better or worse. What’s great about it is the Android app runs on over 95% of the devices in the marketplace today. All you need is a free account and download the application and you become a video broadcaster … http://www.justin.tv/b/home (download the app here http://www.justin.tv/p/android)

Apple TV has been redesigned to be small in size but big on entertainment. Rent from the largest selection of HD movies (many available the same day they come out on DVD). With the new device, you can watch Netflix titles instantly, rent TV shows, commercial free in HD (720 ip), and stream photos and music from your computer to your widescreen TV. Best of all, Apple TV is just $99. So far, there have only been positive remarks about the device. http://www.apple.com/appletv/

Facebook has begun implementing new security measures to prevent friend request spamming. Have you gotten them? I just “ignored” three this week. Now, the new application kicks in and some users are being shown a “This Request Can’t Be Sent” pop-up if their request is deemed suspicious. It’s a first line of defense against people trying to get into your friend account. I can see that this isn’t “bullet-proof” (that some distant ‘friend of a friend of a friend’ could get the boot) but I get enough spam notices in my email, hopefully this will cut down on the Facebook notices. http://www.insidefacebook.com/2010/09/03/prevent-friend-request/

Also from Facebook, on Thursday they added a remote log-out feature that will allow users who accidentally left themselves logged in on a particular device to end those sessions from another location. Seems like this should have been in place already, but the fact that they are implimenting it now says that there was a need and they are filling it. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2368659,00.asp

Finally, if you use Google’s Chrome browser, I have a treat for you … using the new HTML 5 coding, The Wilderness Downtown provides a multi-window music video using the address of the place you grew up in. This Google Experiment uses Google Maps and Google Earth. The program integrates your location within the video. Word about this, if Google’s Maps doesn’t have updated maps of your location, it will tell you and ask if you want to proceed anyway. While the program is loading, run your courser around the flying birds and notice it makes them change their flight path. You may need a distraction as sometimes it takes a few minutes to load … http://thewildernessdowntown.com/

My grandmother told me how she ended up marrying Grandpa. She was in her 20’s, and the man she was dating left for war. “We were in love,” she recalled, “and wrote to each other every week. It was during that time that I discovered how wonderful your grandfather was.”
“Did you marry Grandpa when he came home from the war?” I asked.
“Oh, I didn’t marry the man who wrote the letters. Your grandfather was the mailman.”
(thanks, Jen)
The manager at the restaurant where I worked was a friendly, jovial sort. But there was one subject you didn’t dare discuss in front of him, his height. Or, should I say, his very obvious lack of it.
One day he stormed through the front door and announced angrily, “Someone just picked my pocket!”
Most of my fellow waitresses didn’t say anything, but finally Marilyn just had to blurt out, “How could anyone stoop so low?”
(thanks, Irene)
Driving back from Vermont, I stopped at a vegetable stand. It was deserted except for a sleeping German shepherd. I stepped over the dog, helped myself to some corn, then opened the cashbox to pay. Taped to the inside of the lid was this note: “The dog can count.”
(thanks, Jeff)
So have a great Labor Day weekend checking out the places I have linked for you and as I pray each week, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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