Jim’s WebLetter for 1/1/11

Hi-ya neighbors and friends and Happy New Year! Happy new decade!

So happy to move on to 2011 and a new decade, aren’t you? Here’s wishing us all a better one.

Last year was suppose to be the year of the tablet. So far, we’ve seen one worth anything at all and that’s the iPad. So I’m guessing this year will be the (delayed) year of the tablet. There are hints that tablets will be falling out of the sky from places like HP, Dell and even a new one from Apple. These are being tauted as netbook killers, but if they really catch on, they could be replacing laptops as well.

One thing is certain, the smartphone has really caught on. I like Android based phones while I have friends who use the iPhone. Whichever you decide, the important thing is to decide and get one. It will free you up to roam while surfing the web, checking your email, Facebook and Twitter with friends, and take photos and video and share with others. What else? New York Times columnist Sam Grobart has several suggestions to get the most out of technology and many are free. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/30/technology/personaltech/30basics.html?_r=1&ref=technology

Something else happening this year … the way websites are displayed on computers and smartphones. After years of coding being pretty much the same, the new HTML5 (hyper text markup language fifth generation) is making its way across the internet. Go to YouTube and see how videos load faster and play better. But it was Apple’s decision when creating the iPad not to use Flash to display videos. It runs with HTML5. The BBC’s Bobbie Johnson wrote a good piece about the new code … http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12070627

With the new technology comes more ways to enjoy using the Web. You Google or Bing to get answers to questions. Use the search engines to find out the latest movies in theatres, the weather in your area, best gas prices, places to eat, coupons available in local stores … the list goes on. The engines have been improved to the point you just type in your question and get the best sites with answers.

And speaking of what’s playing in the theatre, True Grit starring Jeff (Tron Legacy) Bridges. This version of the old John Wayne movie is one to watch. Great feel of the old west. http://www.truegritmovie.com/?gclid=CJy1wsiPmKYCFYXu7QodHzv5aQ Also, Tron starring Jeff (True Grit) Bridges. Again, one to watch with special effects – much of it in 3D. http://disney.go.com/tron/ And, the latest Narnia movie also in 3D. A good one for young ones and a fun story for everyone. We always find time during the holidays to hit the movies because good ones make the theatres during this time. http://www.narnia.com/us/#/home

So, here’s to a new year, a new decade. Let’s see what comes of all the work leading up to today. Things can only get more interesting.

While sports fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft. Spotting an old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted, “Are there any gators around here?!”
“Naw,” the man hollered back, “they ain’t been around for years!”
“Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the shore. About halfway there, a thought occurred to him an he shouted to the guy on the shore, “How’d you get rid of the gators?”
“We didn’t have to do nothin’. The sharks got ’em!”
(thanks, Ron)
As the stranger enters a country store, he spots a sign: “Danger! Beware of Dog!” Inside, he sees a harmless old hound asleep in the middle of the floor.
“Is that the dog we’re supposed to beware of?” he asks the owner.
“That’s him,” comes the reply.
“He doesn’t look dangerous to me. Why would you post that sign?”
“Before I posted that sign, people kept tripping over him.”
(thanks, Larry)
In a spy novel I had just read, the hero hid a letter in a particular statue in Washington, D.C. Since I was in that city at the time, on a whim I decided to see if the statue really contained the small niche the author had described. To my great surprise, it did — and a cellophane-wrapped letter was inside. After a moment’s hesitation, I pulled out the letter, opened it, and burst into laughter.
An unidentified reader had penned, “Good book, wasn’t it?”
(thanks, Jen)
As in many homes on New Year’s Day, my wife and I faced the annual conflict of which was more important – the football games on television, or the dinner itself. To keep peace, I ate dinner with the rest of the family, and even lingered for some pleasant after-dinner conversation before retiring to the family room to turn on the game.
Several minutes later, my wife came downstairs and graciously even bought a cold drink for me. She smiled, kissed me on the cheek and asked what the score was. I told her it was the end of the third quarter and that the score was still nothing to nothing.
“See?” she said, continuing to smile, “You didn’t miss a thing.”
(thanks, Mike)
Thanks for your time, have a great day and look for more observations from Jim’s WebLetter in 2011. And as always, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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