Jim’s WebLetter for 7/9/11

Hi-ya friends and neighbors!

Well, the secret’s out … Facebook has teamed up with Skype to created video chatting it simply calls, “calling”. I don’t know if it required a live video conference to make the announcement. After all, you can Skype without Facebook. You can use Gmail’s video chatting while in the email account. What is the big deal? You can video call your Facebook friends. And with the latest number of FB users at 750 thousand, that’s a lot of calling. To see the replay of the live announcement, go to Facebook Live … https://www.facebook.com/FacebookLive

Of course, the downside to something like this is scammers are already figuring out how to use it to their benefit. You see, when you want to video call someone with Facebook, you have to have a small piece of software installed. While it’s quick and easy, it also allows a scammer to create the same looking window that you may click thinking you’re getting the same result. Instead, the scammer gets control of your information and Facebook friends, too. Here’s the story from Naked Security … http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/07/08/facebook-scammers-spread-app-pretending-to-be-video-calling/

Interested in learning a foreign language? People improve foreign language skills when interacting and communicating with other people who speak the same foreign language. Verbling has begun just yesterday as a easy to use online conversation exchange for language learners, using in-browser video chat. The site allows you to sign up and choose the language you want to learn. Verbling hosts sessions at specific times daily (12pm PT/3pm Eastern and 7pm PT/10pm Eastern) where people can show up and chat with each other. Once you join the site during a session time, you are automatically paired with a language speaker who is fluent in the language you wish to learn. http://verbling.com/

Not so much has been said about vacations this year, mainly because the economy is still in the tank. But for those who have a getaway planned, InfoWorld has listed “12 terrificc tips for taking tech on vacation” that just could be the ticket for techies on the go. And after seeing the report this week about the TSA agent who was stealing hi-tech stuff from travelers bags, you may want to check these out … http://www.infoworld.com/t/mobile-technology/12-terrific-tips-taking-tech-vacation-339

In 2009, I remember reading about a company building a flying car called Terrafugia. This dandy little two-seater would fold it’s wings up while on the ground and could be driven anywhere. Then, out at the airport or tiny air-strip, would unfold it’s wings and take to the air with the greatest of ease. The downside was the half-million dollar cost. Well, our government has signed off on the exemptions Terrafugia needs to begin building the Transition, the “roadable aircraft” it plans to begin selling for $250,000 or so late next year. And although I called this a flying car back in 2009, the company insists it’s an airplane you can drive, not a car you can fly. Whatever, this thing is cool … http://www.terrafugia.com/

==HuMoR==
Dear Mom,

Our Scoutmaster told us all to write to our parents in case you saw the flood on TV and worried. We are okay. Only one of our tents and two sleeping bags got washed away, but none of us drowned because we were all up on the mountain looking for Bryson when it happened.

Oh yes, please call Bryson’s mother and tell her that he’s doing fine. He can’t write because of the cast. I got to ride on one of the search and rescue jeeps. It was awesome! We never would have found him in the dark if it hadn’t been for all of the lightning.

Scoutmaster Bob got mad at Bryson for going on a hike alone without telling anyone. Bryson said he did tell him, but it was during the fire so he probably didn’t hear him.

Did you know that if you put a gas can on a fire, the gas can will blow up? Mason is going to look pretty strange until his hair grows back.

We will be home on Saturday, as long as Scoutmaster Bob gets the truck fixed. It wasn’t his fault about the wreck. He said the brakes were working when we left. He said that with a car that old you to have to expect something to break down; that’s probably why he can’t get insurance on it. We think it’s a sweet truck. He doesn’t care if we get it dirty, and if it’s hot we can take turns riding in the bed. It gets pretty hot with ten people in a pickup.

Scoutmaster Bob is even teaching Chase how to drive. But he only lets him drive on the mountain roads where there isn’t any traffic. All we ever see up there are logging trucks.

Guess what? We have all passed our first aid merit badges. When Luke dove in the lake and cut his arm, we got to see how a tourniquet works.

Don’t worry about anything. We are fine.

Love,

Billy

(thanks, Jason … this is a keeper)
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I had always talked about my job a lot at home, and my young daughter had always expressed great interest. So I thought it would be a treat for her to spend the day with me at the office. Since I wanted it to be a surprise, I didn’t tell her where we were going, just that it would be fun. Although usually a bit shy, she seemed excited to meet each colleague I introduced. On the way home, however, she seemed somewhat down.
“Didn’t you have a nice time?” I asked.
“Well, it was okay,” she responded. “But I thought it would be more like a circus.”
Confused, I asked, “Whatever do you mean?”
She said, “Well, you said you work with a bunch of clowns, and I never got to see them!”
(thanks, Roger)
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After spending 3-1/2 hours enduring the long lines , surly clerks and insane regulations at the Department of Motor Vehicles, I stopped at a toy store to pick up a gift for my son.
I brought my selection – a baseball bat – to the cash register.
“Cash or charge?” the clerk asked.
“Cash,” I snapped. Then apologizing for my rudeness , I explained , “I’ve spent the afternoon at the motor-vehicle bureau.”
“Shall I giftwrap the bat?” the clerk asked sweetly. “Or are you going back there?”
(thanks, Leonard)
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And that’s this week’s peek from my computer screen, WebLetter readers. Have a great weekend and as always, I pray that God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim
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