Jim’s WebLetter for 12/11/10

Hi-ya neighbors and friends!

It’s Saturday morning and time to review the week’s wondering on the World Wide Web.

WikiLeaks leader and founder Julian Assange is sitting in jail and by all accounts, he will be out of commission for quite a long time. Meanwhile a team of hackers who sided with the concept of WikiLeaks went after the companies who supplied WikiLeaks a means of receiving donations. This week, Mastercard and Visa websites were hit with service denial attacks bringing the sites down for hours.

In the wake of all the controversy, a new company, OpenLeaks is being created. It will be structured a bit differently than WikiLeaks in that it will be designed to accept leaks in a secure and anonymous manner, but won’t publish them itself. Instead, OpenLeaks will work with other publishers, including newspapers and websites around the world, which will determine the newsworthiness of any leaked documents, and edit them as appropriate before releasing them. There’s no start date announced but it will be interesting to see how the new company has learned from the mistakes of the current one. http://openleaks.org/

Google has just launched Message Continuity, a cloud-based solution for backing up corporate e-mail whenever Microsoft Exchange goes down. The hope is that when a company’s e-mail servers go down, it will be able to boot up Google’s cloud-based feature Postini and continue its work without interruption. http://mashable.com/2008/02/05/postini-security-features/

OK, there has been quite a bit of hype about the new movie, Tron Legacy. Those of you who remember the first movie know that even though it wasn’t a major box office winner, it was as much as movies and computerization could do some 20 years ago. Now, the new movie takes the story to the next generation and using the newest technology makes the story even more interesting. The movie will be coming out later this month, meanwhile, the website has an extended trailer, games, cast and characters and a place to create your own Page. http://disney.go.com/tron/

Sam, an 80 year-old man, was a witness in a burglary trial.
The defense lawyer asked Sam, “Did you see my client commit this burglary?”
“Yes,” said Sam, “I saw him plainly take the goods.”
“Sam, this happened at night. Are you sure you saw my client commit this crime?”
“Yes,” replied Sam, “I know I saw him do it.”
“Sam listen, you are 80 years old and your eyesight is probably bad. Just how far can you see at night?”
“I can see the moon. How far is that?”
(thanks, Jake)
A man who was involved in a serious accident was unable to speak when he regained consciousness. Wishing to know how long he had been unconscious, he took a piece of paper and a pencil from the bed stand, wrote “Date?” on it and gave it to his nurse.
She handed it back to him – after she had replied with the word “Married.”
(thanks, Marie)
Harry asked his wife: “Did your leave a tip for the boy who delivers our paper?”
His wife replied: “Yes, dear. I put some of it in the bushes, some of it on the roof, and some of it in the front yard.”
(thanks, Jen)
At 3 AM in the morning, a young wife shook her husband awake.
Groggily he asked “What is it?”
“The baby,” she reminded him.
The husband sat up and listened intently.
“But I don’t hear her crying,” he protested.
“I know, and it’s your turn to see why not!”
(thanks, Sarah)
That’s it this week, JWL readers. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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