Jim’s WebLetter for 2/19/11

Hi-ya web-neighbors and friends!

This week, I discovered a “how to” to set up your mobile phone to print to any printer connected to your computer. At first glance, that sounds like one of those, “yea, so what?”. But think about the idea of being out of the office and using your phone to take a photo and wanting it printed out by the time you get back. The number of applications are endless. It’s called Google Cloud Printing and it requires you have a Google Chrome browser in your computer and a Gmail account and because it’s Google, it’s free. Here’s a how-to video from CNET … http://cnettv.cnet.com/print-from-your-smartphone-using-google-cloud-print/9742-1_53-50100333.html?tag=api

Also this week, Google announced the addition of 12 new file formats that Google Docs now accepts including Microsoft’s Excel .XLS and .XLSX, PowerPoint .PPTX, Photoshop .PSD and Apple’s .PAGES. All this makes using Docs even better. It’s a great place to securely store your documents and edit, print and convert them whenever, wherever. http://docs.google.com/

The NY Times this week printed a story about a free program that was released this past October enabling it’s users to hack into other computer users while everyone is logged on to a free and open WiFi provider. I felt the need to write about this as I ran into someone this week who didn’t understand the need for creating a secure WiFi system in a store. I told her that it would be easy for someone sitting next to you, or even across the street, to log in and see the sites you had been on. Sites like your bank account, or credit card, or places where you would use your credit card to make a purchase, for instance. The free program is called Firesheep, but it’s not alone in the field of hacking software. The Times story is one EVERYONE should read (and take notes) … http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/technology/personaltech/17basics.html?_r=1&ref=technology

So, you want a safer means of paying for dinner out, cab rides, clothes and accessories? Well, later this year, Visa is planning a commercial rollout in the U.S. in the second half of this year of a service for allowing people to turn their existing smartphones into electronic wallets. Wells Fargo, Chase, U.S. Bank, and Bank of America have trials going with the technology. While there are already some limits to use of the phones to make purchases, this marks the beginning of the “leave your credit cards at home” approach to banking. But what happens if your phone is lost or stolen? They’ve already thought of that. The apps used to perform transactions will have it’s own increased security. Proponents are saying this is safer than swiping the plastic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_wallet

If you own a business and don’t know about 2D codes, here’s a story from Mashable that gives you reasons for using the scanning technology to increase sales. Creating the codes is simple, using them as easy as using a free scanning app downloaded into your smartphone. This is a must read for anyone wanting to promote their service or products. http://mashable.com/2011/02/18/2d-codes-for-business/http://mashable.com/2011/02/18/2d-codes-for-business/

As the coals from our barbecue burned down, our hosts passed out marshmallows and long roasting forks.
Just then, two fire trucks roared by, sirens blaring, lights flashing. They stopped at a house right down the block.
All twelve of us raced out of the back yard, down the street, where we found the owners of the blazing house standing by helplessly. They glared at us with looks of disgust.
Suddenly, we realized why…..
We were all still holding our roasting forks with marshmallows on them.
(thanks, Frank)
Ms. Crabtree had been telling her 1st grade class the story of the discovery of America by Columbus.
She concluded with, “And all this happened more than 500 years ago.”
“Wow!” exclaimed one student, “What a great memory you have!”
(thanks, Darlene)
My friend Bev and her husband were fixing their roof. As soon as they started, they realized they needed more supplies, so Bev grabbed the checkbook, jumped into her car, and drove the 45 miles to the nearest lumberyard.
After gathering the items she needed, Bev went up to the cashier and wrote a check. “I really need to see a photo ID.” the clerk said.
“I don’t have one on me,” Bev replied.
The cashier called over the manager who examined the check. Then the manager looked up and asked Bev, “Who is the Avon lady in your town?”
Puzzled, Bev responded, “Maxine Thompson.”
“I think you can take her check,” the smiling manager said to the cashier. “Maxine is my grandmother.”
(thanks, Margaret)
And that’s the highlights of the week online, JWL readers. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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