Jim’s WebLetter for 10/23/10

Hi-ya friends!

Well this week, we took part in a “yard sale” and sold very little. That’s OK as we’re just moving out the stuff we don’t want to keep. So I’m relaxing on the back porch now and writing about what I came across this week on the Web.

One thing that has gotten a lot of press is Google TV. I reported about the release of the product with connections to a number of channels and Web sites. The issue has become the fact that network TV is not lining up to be a part of the service. The Big Three major broadcast networks are blocking Google TV’s access to their online programs. It really doesn’t make sense. They fought putting programming on the Web in the first place and relented after an outcry from the public. Now they’re fighting having their content available through what can be the next Open Source cable network surpassing anything we currently have available. Make no mistake: IP-delivered programming will be huge. The networks know it, and even though they put much of their own content online the business models of broadcasting the internet are miles apart. On top of this, Engadget reports that Hulu doesn’t work on Google TV either … http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/21/television-networks-block-google-tv-from-accessing-web-based-con/

Firefox users, here’s one for you … as you may know, if you find a flaw in Firefox and report it, you can receive a reward. Well, Alex Miller is 12-year-old. He just received a check for $3000 from Mozilla for identifying a critical security flaw. http://www.geek.com/articles/news/mozilla-pays-12-year-old-3000-for-finding-critical-firefox-bug-20101023/

Speaking of Firefox, there is a new application for the browser that also works with Internet Explorer and MAC’s Safari browser called Streaming Internet Radio Toolbar. It provides thousands of stations at the click of your mouse along with a host of features and security agents to protect you from popups and malware. It also allows you to check your email, check your weather, connect to your Facebook account and play games. And after all, isn’t that all you really want to do when you’re relaxing on the Web? http://streaminginternetradiotoolbar.com/

After hearing rumors, it’s now official, Amazon will be updating the Kindle reader to allow it’s users (including my wife) to lend books to other Kindle users albeit for only 14 days. Still, it’s a step in the right direction as many users have books stored on their Kindles that just pile up, or deleted to create more hard drive space. http://techcrunch.com/2010/10/22/amazon-will-soon-allow-kindle-users-to-lend-e-books/

And That’s How the Fight Started …

One year, I decided to buy my mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift…
The next year, I didn’t buy her a gift.
When she asked me why, I replied,
“Well, you still haven’t used the gift I bought you last year!”
And that’s how the fight started…..

Another one?

My wife was standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror.
She was not happy with what she saw and said to me,
“I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly.
I really need you to pay me a compliment.’
I replied, “Your eyesight’s near perfect.”
And then the fight started……..
(thanks, dad)
The conference emcee announced, “Next we have the chief of the Minnesota State Patrol, Roger Ledding, who is here with his lovely wife, Beverly.”
The chief took his place at the lectern. “I’m a little nervous,” he began, “getting up before this distinguished audience and speaking today.
But not nearly as nervous as I will be tonight when I must go home with my wife, Audrey, and explain Beverly to her!”
(thanks, John)
The cruise ship docked at a Mexican port during a very high tide. Everyone on board was forced to use the ship’s narrow gangplank as a passageway to the dock far below.
The staff stood motionless when a passenger in her 70’s appeared at the top of the plank. There wasn’t room for anyone to assist her, so she edged along slowly and finally made it to the dock safely, to everyone’s relief.
As she stepped down, she turned, looked back to the top of the gangplank and shouted, “It’s okay, Mother, you can come down now.”
(thanks, Robert)
A group of American tourists were being guided through an ancient castle in Europe.
“This place,” the guide told them, “is 600 years old. Not a stone in it has been touched, nothing altered, nothing replaced in all those years.”
“Wow,” said one woman dryly, “they must have the same landlord I do.”
(thanks, Jen)
Make a great rest of the weekend and I’ll have more to write next one. Til then, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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