Jim’s WebLetter for 2/5/11

Hi-ya friends! This week was a BUSY one on the World Wide Webatube as Facebook, hacking, bootlegging and demos of new stuff all seemed to hit at the same time. Here are things I discovered this week on the Web …

This week we discovered that a Facebook feature, which encrypts data transferred during Facebook sessions, is designed to prevent attackers from compromising users’ accounts. Until now, the only way to enable HTTPS browsing was to manually enter “s” in the address bar, or to install an add-on like HTTPS Everywhere. Both options can still be used, but if you access Facebook from many locations it’s recommended that you enable this new security feature. HTTPS security is being made available to Facebook users slowly, so though it might not be available to you now, it should appear soon. To activate the new security in your page, go to Account at the top of your page, then to Account Settings, then select change Account Security. Tick the box Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible and click Save.

Also this week, it was reported that hackers have repeatedly penetrated the computer network of the company that runs the Nasdaq Stock Market during the past year, and federal investigators are trying to identify the perpetrators and their purpose, according to people familiar with the matter. Fox and Friends this morning said the investigation is looking at possible Russian hackers as the culprits. Here’s the story … http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/02/05/hackers-repeatedly-penetrated-nasdaq-computers/

A report released by Nick Eaton from the Microsoft Blog states that bootleg copies of Microsoft software, including Windows 7, are being sold by the Mexican drug cartel Familia. They are so bold as to stamp their logo FMM on the discs. “These illegal enterprises have generated astronomical profits that the gangs funnel toward violent crimes such as drug trafficking, arms and weapons trafficking, kidnapping and extortion”, according to David Finn, associate general counsel in Microsoft’s anti-piracy unit. http://blog.seattlepi.com/microsoft/archives/238133.asp

Google conducted an online conference this week demonstrating the new Android 3.0 Honeycomb system for tablet PCs, most specifically, the Motorola Xoom, due to be released in days. Dubbed by many as the “iPad killer”, this system has improved features and interactive functions. The video is about 52 minutes long, so sit back, click the link and enjoy … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfJuigJebRg

Here’s one to bookmark … see videos online you’d like to record and save for later? Channels.com is the first DVR for Web video. Just like you record TV shows with a Tivo or DVR connected to your television, with Channels.com you can record and watch video shows that are available on the Web. And it’s free! http://www.channels.com/

You may not know that many non-living things have a gender. For example:
1) Ziploc Bags — They are Male, because they hold everything in, but you can see right through them.
2) Copiers — They are Female, because once turned off, it takes a while to warm them up again. It’s an effective reproductive device if the right buttons are pushed, but can wreak havoc if the wrong buttons are pushed.
3) Tire — Male, because it goes bald and it’s often over-inflated.
4) Hot Air Balloon — Male, because, to get it to go anywhere, you have to light a fire under it and, of course, there’s the hot air component.
5) Sponges — Female, because they’re soft, squeezable and retain water.
6) Web Page — Female, because it’s always getting hit on.
7) Subway — Male, because it uses the same old lines to pick people up.
8) Hourglass — Female, because over time, the weight can shift to the bottom.
9) Hammer — Male, because it hasn’t changed much over the last 5,000 years, but it’s handy to have around.
10) Remote Control — Female. Ha! You thought it’d be Male. But consider this — it gives a man pleasure, he’d be lost without it, and while he doesn’t always know the right buttons to push, he keeps trying.
(thanks, Lynn)
During the cold winter a family was preparing to go out for an evening activity. The wife, who was normally bustling about getting the children ready to leave, was this evening instead standing right inside the front door, her arms full of coats.
And instead of being prepared to leave, her four small children were busy running circles around her playing one of their non-stop games of tag.
Her husband, coming down the stairs, was shocked at the spectacle.
“Honey,” he said, “What are you doing just standing there? We’ll be late!”
“Here,” his wife replied, handing him the coats with a smug smile, “I thought that this time you would like to have the privilege of putting the children into their coats, while I go and honk the horn.”
(thanks, Robert)
The pastor shocked the congregation when he announced that he was resigning from the church and moving to a drier climate.
After the service a very distraught lady came to the pastor with tears in her eyes, “Oh, Pastor Bob, we are going to miss you so much. We don’t want you to leave!”
The kindhearted pastor patted her hand and said “Now, now, Carolyn, don’t carry on. The pastor who takes my place might be even better than me”.
“Yeah”, she said “That’s what they said the LAST time too!!!”
(thanks, Michael)
Well, that’s gonna do it this week, JWL readers. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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