Jim’s WebLetter for 5/14/11

Hi-ya webfriends!

Everyday it seems there is new technology rolling out for our consumption. This week’s JWL includes video calls made simple and looks who’s buying whom.

I just downloaded and installed the QIK video app to my new smartphone because I have a front camera as well as a camera on the back and wanted to use this new phone to make video calls. While QIK has been around awhile and was purchased last year by Skype, it has undergone some changes with the software. The quality is really nice, but the deal with it is you need to download the software and create an account. (http://www.qik.com/) But just this week, Microsoft announced that it is buying Skype for a reported $8.5 Billion. The deal includes picking up QIK. So what will Microsoft do with the new acquisition? While they’re not specific, sources say that this puts Microsoft squarely in opposition with Google Voice and Google Talk which provides voice, video and texting. It should be interesting once they get the go-ahead from the Federal Trade Commission on the purchase.

Then, Thursday, AOL announced that they have created a service that allows you to make video calls with no software downloads and no registration. And it’s free. Really? Here’s how it works: A user goes to AIM online and gets a unique link from AOL’s service called “AV” and sends it to friends. Once a friend with a webcam clicks on the link, a chat window will pop up on the screen and show live video of the user who started the chat session and any other participants. Up to four people can be involved in a chat at once. There are a number of features available such as the ability to type messages to individual users while video chatting. AV uses Adobe’s Flash software to work, so iPhones and iPads won’t work right now (AOL’s working on that). If you have a computer or tablet or smartphone with latest version of flash installed, you are good to go. http://www.aim.com/av/

Google has released into beta a new feature for music lovers. Simply called “Music”, the feature allows you to store up to 20,000 songs in the cloud (on their servers) and listen to them from any source anywhere. Just upload your personal music collection and access it instantly on the web or any compatible device without the hassle of wires or syncing. You have to ask for an invite at this point, so click over the link below and enter your gmail address info for one. They also offer an Android app so you can listen to your songs and create playlists right on the Droid smartphone. Watch the YouTube video … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrNhKcxBbZo or just drop over to the website … http://music.google.com

Is it true that Facebook hired a PR firm to smear Google? That’s the story from the people who were hired. Unfortunately for them, they weren’t very good at it as they were discovered through their clumsy work. So, that being said, should there be lawful intervention into this or is this just the nature of the business? What do you think? Here’s more on the story …


Sven and Ole worked together in a Minnesota factory….and both were laid off. So…dey went to the Unemployment Office togedder.
Asked his occupation, Ole said, “Panty Stitcher. I sew da elastic onto da ladies cotton panties.”
The clerk looked up Panty Stitcher. Finding it classified as unskilled labor, she gave Ole $300 a week in unemployment compensation.
Sven, when asked his occupation replied, “Diesel Fitter”.
The clerk looked up Diesel Fitter…and it was classified as a skilled job. So, the clerk gave Sven $600 a week in unemployment compensation.
When Ole found this out, he was furious! He stormed back into the office to find out why his friend and co-worker was collecting double his benefits.
The clerk explained, “Panty Stitchers are unskilled labor and Diesel Fitters are skilled labor.”
“Vat skill? yelled Ole. “I sew da elastic on da panties. Sven puts dem over his head and says, “Yah, ————- DIESEL FITTER”.

(If you don’t understand a word of this, then you’re not Norwegian or from Minnesota or Wisconsin. Too bad!)
(thanks, Taz)
One evening, I went with my parents to a fancy restaurant. Dad was about halfway through his meal when he took a hard look at the potato, called the waitress over and said, “This potato is bad!”
To my utter amazement, the waitress at this “5-Star” place, picked the potato up, smacked it, put it back on the plate, then told my Dad, “If that potato causes any more trouble, just let me know.”
(thanks, Patrick)
(In the “I Guess you had to be there” department …)

I was touring a British naval vessel, wearing my American flag lapel pin. As I asked the tour guide a question, he called out, “Sir, you are in distress!”
I was greatly confused, until he pointed out that the flag on my lapel was upside down, the naval symbol for a ship in distress.
I fumbled with the sticky clasp for a moment, but was only able to turn the flag 90 degrees. “Ah,” he said sternly, “now you’re being boarded by pirates.”
(thanks, Max)
Farmers Brown and McDonald were sitting on Farmer McDonald’s porch discussing plowing technique when Farmer Brown notices a pig with a wooden leg hobbling across the front yard. He turned to his friend and asks, “Say, Henry, how’d that pig get him a wooden leg?”

“Well, John, that pig…,” his eyes mist up, “That pig’s a mighty special pig! A few weeks back a wild boar attacked me while I was walking in the woods. That pig there came a runnin’, went after that boar and fought him off. Saved my life!”

“And the boar tore up his leg?” “No, just got a few scratches, nothing serious. But that night the barn caught fire. That ol’ pig started squealin’ like he was stuck, woke us up, and ‘fore we got out here, the darn thing had herded the other animals out of the barn and saved ’em all!”

“So that’s when he hurt his leg, huh, Henry?” “No, John, the next day my tractor hit a rock and rolled down the hill into the pond. I got knocked clean out. When I came to, that pig had dove into the pond and dragged me out.”

“…but that’s not how he hurt his leg.” “Oh no, no, he was fine. Cleaned him up real nice, too.”

“Okay, Henry. So just tell me. How did he lose his leg?”

“Well”, the farmer tells him, “A pig that good, you don’t want to eat all at once.”
(thanks, Hank)
And that’s this week’s WebLetter, friends. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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