Jim’s Webletter for 1/15/11

Hi-ya neighbors and friends!

Still getting used to writing 2011 on your checks and balances? It’s mid-month and there are a few things I want to show you in this week’s WebLetter …

With the new year comes the dreaded filing of income taxes. But what’s new this year is Intuit, the Turbo Tax people, offering an app called SnapTax (“doing your taxes is a Snap”) for iPhone and Android phones to file the 1040EZ tax return. There are restrictions to filing using the application like limitations on the amount of income with single or married filing jointly, but this marks another instance of using smartphones as a wallet, which will likely become more common this year. Their website has a video showing how easy it is to use the app. http://turbotax.intuit.com/snaptax/mobile/

And speaking of the new year, Google has made it’s first purchase of the new year buying eBook Technologies, Inc. Their website contains the statement, “… is excited to announce that we have been acquired by Google. Working together with Google will further our commitment to providing a first-class reading experience on emerging tablets, e-readers and other portable devices”. This sure seems that Google would want to use eBook Technologies’ back-end software and systems as part of the recently introduced Google eBookstore. http://ebooktechnologies.com/home.htm

This week I discovered a website created by Proctor & Gamble for men. Apparently their research showed that men use women’s websites to learn about family issues and fixing things around the house. So, Manofthehouse.com is designed for men with advice for Dads to learn about such things as shopping for the right pair of eyeglasses, surviving a weekend at Disney with kids, gourmet cooking, teaching kids about stereotypes, technology, fixing things around the house and what seems like much more relevant issues. http://manofthehouse.com/

Facebook users can make the most of the new-look profile page, which pulls photos from your album to create a personalized banner, with a special app that allows either one of a selection of ready-made images, or your own creation to spread across the five photo slots. http://apps.facebook.com/profile-banner/

The farmer’s son was returning from the market with the crate of chicken’s his father had entrusted to him, when all of a sudden the box fell and broke open. Chickens scurried off in different directions, but the determined boy walked all over the neighborhood scooping up the wayward birds and returning them to the repaired crate. Hoping he had found them all, the boy reluctantly returned home, expecting the worst.
“Pa, the chickens got loose,” the boy confessed sadly, “but I managed to find all twelve of them.”
“Well, you did real good, son,” the farmer beamed. “You left with seven.”
(thanks, John)
During the second Gulf War, I was an Air Force colonel. I routinely flew on different aircraft to familiarize myself with their capabilities. One day I was aboard an intelligence aircraft where each crew member was surrounded by complex gear.
A young airman showed me his computer screen. “That’s a chat screen, Sir,” the airman said. “We use it to relay enemy information to the crew. It’s like instant messaging.”
Nodding, I moved down the line. Flashing on an airman’s screen several feet away was this warning: “Heads up! The colonel’s on the way!”
(thanks, Rachel)
After receiving the news that our son had been born, both sets of grandparents arrived at the hospital together. Just getting out of the car was quite an ordeal since all four were in various stages of recovery from knee operations and hip replacements. As the foursome hobbled towards the hospital entrance, brandishing canes and walkers, my mother quipped, “Mercy! I hope they don’t admit us before we get to the maternity ward.”
(thanks, Ted)
A wife is scrambling eggs when her husband bursts into the kitchen.
“Careful,” he cries. “Careful! You’re cooking too many at once. Too many! Scramble them! Now! We need more butter. They’re going to stick! Careful! Now scramble them again! Hurry up! Are you crazy? Don’t forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. Use the salt! The salt!”
The wife turns and asks, “What is wrong with you?”
Her husband calmly replies, “I wanted to show you what it feels like when I’m driving.”
(thanks, Frank)
And that’s the WebLetter for this weekend, friends. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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