I just read that the number of people “cutting the cord”, that is, ending their cable and satellite services for free internet and lower cost services like Netflix are on the rise. According to a report from the Texas news source, the Statesman, the high unemployment rate coupled with better and more accessible programming via the Web, has helped to make money saving more practical for those who have decided that the $100 plus a month fees aren’t worth it anymore. Time Warner and Comcast reported larger losses in the 3rd quarter of this year with the primary reason that people can’t or refuse to pay the high rates. Coupled with antenaes that allow you to receive the local channels that now broadcast in HD, internet companies like Hulu and Netflix make a good alternative to the expensive cable hookups. Makes interesting reading … http://www.statesman.com/business/technology/internet-tv-may-be-making-inroads-against-cable-1047647.html?page=2&viewAsSinglePage=true
With the fact that Facebook has as many as 500 million users, it seems there’s a side effect to all the popularity. Since Facebook takes your personal information and makes it public, now the debt collectors are using the social media giant to hunt down those who owe and have defaulted on their loan. In this article from the Atlantic, senior editor Alexis Madrigal reports, “Facebook does not look kindly on debt collectors using their social graph to get people to settle up.” But the fact is, that’s what they are doing and there’s little that can be done to stop it. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/10/11/facebook-warns-debt-collectors-about-using-its-service/66831/
In another story of the internet meets TV, pay service Paypal has partnered with two companies to look into placing a button on the remote control that will allow the user to purchase a product they see on TV at the moment of seeing the ad. Sara Yin has the story on PC Magazine online … http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2373085,00.asp
In an attempt to teach the average person about the internet, Google has released an interactive online book that explains the fundamentals of the web and many of the things that make it work. With “20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web”, Google points you to a website that will fill you in on the basics. http://www.20thingsilearned.com/
Android and iPhone users, there’s an app for editing Google Docs now. Google Docs already allows editing of spreadsheets. And Google is considering extending mobile editing capabilities to other Docs components in the future. This represents another example of how smartphones are becoming the PC of the 21st century. If you can watch video, write emails, text and make phone calls too, then why own a computer? Hmmm …
My two-year-old cousin scared us one summer by disappearing during our lakeside vacation. More than a dozen relatives searched the forest and shoreline, and everyone was relieved when we found Matthew playing calmly in the woods.
“Listen to me, Matthew,” his mother said sharply. “From now on when you want to go someplace, you tell Mommy first, okay?”
Matthew thought about that for a moment and said, “Okay. Disney World.”
I have mixed emotions when I receive Father’s Day gifts. I’m glad my children remember me, but I’m disappointed that they actually think I dress that way.
Call to an imported car parts warehouse: “I need a 28-ounce water pump.”
“My husband says he needs a 28-ounce water pump.”
“A 28-ounce water pump? What kind of car is it for?”
“It’s an old Datsun, I think.”
As the parts guy writes down “Datsun, 28 oz. water pump” the light in his head goes on. “Oh yes ma’am. We’ve got 28-ounce water pumps. We have 24-ounce and 26-ounce water pumps too.”
“Finally! You’re the first place I’ve called that knew what I was talking about.”
“Yes ma’am. That’s because we’re a full-service parts warehouse; it’s our job to have the parts you need, like a 28-ounce water pump.”
The parts guy jots down on his order form, “Customer pick-up: Datsun 280Z water pump.”
A stage mother cornered the concert violinist in his dressing room and insisted he listen to a tape of her talented son playing the violin.
The man agreed to listen and the woman switched on the tape player.
“What music!” the violinist thought. It was a difficult piece, but played with such genius that it brought tears to his eyes.
He listened spellbound to the entire recording. “Madam,” he whispered, “is that your son?”
“No,” she replied. “That’s Itzhak Perlman. But my son sounds just like him.”
And that’s this week’s collection of what’s happening on the Web, friends. I hope you enjoy your weekend. Next weekend we will be enjoying our kids and grandkids for Thanksgiving in Kentucky. Until the following week when I return to the computer, may God bless you and keep you safe.
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