Jim’s WebLetter for 10/30/10

Hi-ya neighbors!

In the net news this week, Russia has shut down a spammer operating out of their country. The action resulted in what researches say, is a reduction of spam going out by one fifth. Imagine, one fifth of all spam has been halted. Notice how you’re getting fewer spam emails? Now we need other countries, including this one, to follow suit.

Under the “live and learn” department … I learned this week that if you get a text on your cellphone from some unknown source that has a series of five numbers, it’s best to return a text to that number with the message, “cancel”. Spammers are automatically signing up text recipients to a service that will charge you a monthly to your bill without your knowledge. When you get your bill, you will notice a higher rate. The cost generally won’t kick in until after 30 days, but safe to say, it’s always best to check your bill and if something is suspicious, call your cellphone company.

AOL is back in the news as it just revised it’s front page making it more newsworthy and making you more informed. The difference is, it’s run by writers who are adding information and news stories that they believe you want to know and need much like newspapers and TV newscasts do. AOL will feature three new video productions … “You’ve Got” will present a world figure or celebrity who will speak for about 45 seconds about a personal concern. “AOL Daybreak” will provide a light summary of the day’s news. And “The ONE” will give experts, entertainers, and ordinary people two minutes to discuss daily developments. The page will include local news from AOL’s Patch and links to its mail and messaging services. http://www.aol.com

This week, YouTube reported that it has seen 1 billion subscriptions. In celebration of the site’s ever-growing following, YouTube is also rolling out a widget that video-makers can embed in their sites, which will allow people to subscribe to channels even outside of the video-sharing site. The code for the widget can be found on YouTube’s blog. http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2010/10/1-billion-subscriptions-and-counting.html

Though there isn’t as many users, Facebook is continually adding to it’s ranks with the purchase of a small company that will surely add a new feature to the social giant … drag and drop file sharing. The company, Drop.io reports in it’s blog that the acquisition should be finalized by December and Facebook will be revealing the new feature this year. It’s just one more way of enjoying your Facebook experience! http://drop.io/future.htm

Visiting the psych ward, a man asked how doctors decide to institutionalize a patient.
“Well,” the director said, “we fill a bathtub, then offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient, and ask him to empty the tub.”
“I get it,” the visitor said. “A normal person would use the bucket because it’s the biggest.”
“No,” the director said. “A normal person would pull the plug.”
(thanks, Josh)
Our cat, Figaro, comes home between 10 or 11 at night to eat. If he’s late, I turn on the carport light and call him until he appears.
One day my daughter was explaining to a friend where we live, and her friend said, “Is that anywhere near the house where the woman stands on her steps late at night and sings opera?”
(thanks, Vicki)
The chairman of the board of our company called me into his office to tell me the good news. I was being promoted to Vice President of Corporate Research and Planning.
Of course, I was excited, but that didn’t stop me from asking for my new title to be changed to Vice President of Corporate Planning and Research.
“Why?” asked the chairman.
“Because,” I said, “our organization uses abbreviated job titles, and I don’t want be known as VP of CRAP.”
(thanks, Reggie)
A scientist from Argentina, after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with “IBA” or Insufficient Brain Activity, read their email with their hand on the mouse.
(Don’t bother taking it off now, it’s too late!)
(thanks, Tim)
With that, I hope you have a great weekend and, until the next one, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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