Jim’s WebLetter for 1/8/11

Hi-ya WebLetter readers!

Right now, the Computer Electronics Show is going on in Las Vegas. Literally hundreds of new products are being displayed for the world to see and several thousand people to try. The highlights of the CES are 3-D TV’s, tablets, and the newest cellphones. CNET is there and providing videos for you to keep tabs on the daily activities. http://ces.cnet.com/?tag=contentBody;topStories

Of course, there are many new innovative products being shown at the Show, and The New York times has a slideshow with explanation of some of the key products … http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/01/07/technology/20110107-ces-slideshow.html

Verizon wireless, the nation’s largest carrier is due to make it formal on Tuesday … the iPhone is coming to Verizon. So it remains to be seen if the problems that the phone had with AT&T will be removed with a new carrier handling the phone and data duties. Regardless, this is deemed a real coup for Verizon and one, I’m sure, will bring cellphones sales up to an even higher level than the popular Android phones that it’s currently handling. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704739504576068170230339348.html

Something I came across last weekend was a link to a site providing television stations online. While the quality isn’t HD, it’s still quite good and easy to use. Just understand the website is loaded with ads. One way to avoid so many of them is to use the embed code onto a page of your own and watch the live TV station from the comfort of your own website. Here’s the link to the CBS station in Tallahassee, Florida … http://www.directon.tv/channels/664/

The word is being passed around on Facebook about their newest privacy change. If you leave the function checked, third party businesses and users can access your information and the information of your friends without asking permission. The new privacy setting called “Instant Personalization” shares data with non-Facebook websites and it is automatically set to “Enable.” To disable the function, Go to Account>Privacy Settings>Applications and Websites>Instant Personalization>Edit Settings, and un-check “Enable” located at the bottom of the page under the video.

This week, Skype announced it’s purchase of QIK, the leading mobile video sharing service that lets you record and share a live experience with your friends, family and your favorite social networks. The reported price was $100 million. Having used QIK, I have to say that something we’ve enjoyed for free will now likely come with a price. We’ll see … http://www.androidguys.com/2011/01/06/skype-acquires-qik-100-million/

Imagine using overhead lighting in the future for wireless transmission to computers in the room. No more wires and security is highest possible as the transmission only works in that room. This is what is currently being tested in government building in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The ceiling lights will not only illuminate the room, they’ll transmit data and provide Internet access. http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2011-01-07-LED-LIGHTS_N.htm

Despite never having adopted the metric system for day-to-day use, Americans are familiar with the basic units, like grams, kilograms, meters and such. But when it comes to lesser known units we’re clueless. To help the educational process along a bit …
* 1 millionth of a mouthwash = 1 microscope
* Ratio of an igloo’s circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi
* 2,000 pounds of Chinese soup = Won ton
* Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = 1 bananosecond
* 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling
* Half of a large intestine = 1 semicolon
* 1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtz
* Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower
* Shortest distance between two jokes = 1 straightline
* 453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake
* 1 million-million microphones = 1 megaphone
* 2 million bicycles = 2 megacycles
* 2000 mockingbirds = 2 kilomockingbirds
* 52 cards = 1 decacards
* 1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 FigNewton * 1,000 milliliters of wet socks = 1 literhosen
* 1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche
* 10 rations = 1 decoration
* 100 rations = 1 C-ration
* 4 nickels = 1 paradigm
* 2.4 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University Hospital = 1 IV League
(thanks, Peter)
I was at a yard sale one day and saw a box marked “Electronic cat and dog caller — guaranteed to work.” I looked inside and was amused to see an electric can opener.
(thanks, Mark)
(This joke proves that teachers have their own sense of humor)
A grade school teacher was grading a science test on the human body, The first question was, “Name one of the major functions of your skin.”
One child had written: “To keep people who look at you from throwing up.”
(thanks, I think, Jen)
One day at the veterinarian’s office where I take my cat, a man and the receptionist were verbally sparring. After a few moments a technician came to her co-worker’s defense. “Sir,” she interjected, “do you know what happens to aggressive males in this office?”
(thanks, David)
So that’s another week of the Web and I feel like I just scratched the surface. It’s back to the pages discovering more of what’s great on the W3. Til next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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