Jim’s WebLetter for 1/29/11

Hi-ya neighbors and friends!

If you’ve been following the events of the past couple of days, you know that Egypt is in a state of chaos with thousands of protesters in the streets of Cairo. When it began, the nation’s leader, President Hosni Mubarak ordered that the internet be shut off. No Twitter, no Facebook, no internet access. Sound like something out of communist or totalitarian governmental control? Would it surprise you to discover that the U.S. has been considering an Internet “kill switch” of its own? Yep, the bill introduced into the Senate would give the President the ability to order the internet be cut off in an effort to “protect cyberspace as a national asset”. Call it what you will, but as Fast Company Magazine points out about the bill, it “allows the president to declare a state of national cyberemergency”. http://www.fastcompany.com/1721753/egypt-internet-kill-switch

When Google holds a press conference, people listen. Such will be the case on Wednesday when the Mountain View boys invite the press to see the new Android Honeycomb operating system, designed specially for tablet PCs. Will Android 3.0 become the system to kill the Apple iPad? Only time will tell, but one thing’s certain, eyes will be on that conference Wednesday when Google shows off this new system. The presentation begins at 10:00 a.m. PST and will be streamed live to http://www.youtube.com/android.

I read this week that YouTube is building a new version of the site with no text, that is except for the name “YouTube”. Designed with kids in mind, this version will be launched to help ensure that young eyes don’t run into mature themes. And they’re also working on a QIK type version for people who like to broadcast live events using their cellphone. Stay tuned … http://jetlib.com/news/tag/qik/

Tuxpi is one of these useful web-based tools that will let you take any picture of yours and apply a set of effects to it, either because you want to surprise a loved one or because you intend to put it to some professional use. Some of the notable effects include a Wanted Poster, Polaroid, and Newscast. Just upload a JPEG or PNG file and select the effect. Best of all, it’s free … http://www.tuxpi.com/

A passenger train is creeping along, painfully slow. Finally, it creaks to a complete halt. A passenger sees a conductor walking by outside. “What’s going on?” she yells out the window.
“Cow on the track!” replies the conductor.
Ten minutes later, the train resumes its slow pace. Within five minutes, however, it stops again. The woman sees the same conductor walking by again. She leans out the window and yells, “What happened? Did we catch up with the cow again?”
(thanks for such a moooving story, John)

A place where women curl up and dye.
Someone who is fed up with people.
The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.
A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.
Mud with the juice squeezed out.
Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.
Never tell a lie if the truth will do more damage.
Cold Storage.
Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.
An insect that makes you like flies better.
Grape with a sunburn.
Something you tell to one person at a time.
A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.
The pain that drives you to extraction.
One of the greatest labor saving devices of today.
An honest opinion openly expressed.
Something other people have. You have character lines.
(thanks, Ron)
The scene: Alexander Graham Bell’s laboratory.
An exciting new discovery is about to take place. Mr. Bell and his assistant, Mr. Watson, have been hard at work on Bell’s new invention to transmit sound over wires.
As Mr. Watson toiled away in the room with the receiver, he suddenly hears: Ring Ring … Ring Ring
“Good evening, sir. Are you paying too much for your long distance service?”
(thanks, Becky)
You say, “that didn’t really happen to Mr. Watson … I say, “were you there?”. OK, then.

Have a great weekend, I think it’s gonna be a warmer one on the island, so we’re getting out and about. Til next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

Jim’s WebLetter
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