Jim’s WebLetter for 7/30/11

Hi-ya neighbors & webfriends!

It’s Saturday morning and of the things planned today, I intend to take in the movie, “Cowboys & Aliens” starring Daniel Craig (aka, James Bond) and Harrison Ford (aka, Harrison Ford). It’s a sci-fi western, kinda the best of both worlds. It may turn out to be really hokey, or really good, but one thing’s certain … the promotion of the movie has been heavy TV and social media. Matter of fact, there are two games out and the official Facebook page has been liked some 200,000 times. Mashable has links to the games and more information … http://mashable.com/2011/07/29/cowboys-aliens-social-media/

As more and more tech products turn to touch, Google’s search engine is turning to those products. To better serve iPad and Android tablet users, the new search button is larger, and content has more white space as well as a more visual look and feel. According to the Google Mobile blog, Google says the rollout will be headed to the iPad and Android 3.1+ tablets in 36 languages. To get to the new look, just access the search engine in your web browser. http://www.google.com

Facebook, ever trying to keep secure and safe for it’s millions of users, has developed a reward system for people who discover security holes on the site. Much the way Mozilla did it back in the old Firefox 2.0 days, Facebook is paying people as little as $500 as a reward for finding and reporting a problem. All they ask is that bug reporters use their Facebook’s Responsible Disclosure Policy and agree not to go public with the vulnerability information until Facebook has fixed the problem. http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20085163-245/facebook-launches-bug-bounty-program/#ixzz1Ta70THu5

Finally, with security becoming more of an issue … Google has stepped up the log-in process with a 2-step way of getting into your account. As an option, Gmail and Documents users can have a second user name added to the account. The downside, more password stuff to remember. The upside, more security for your email and documents you keep stored online. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/technologylive/post/2011/07/google-offering-2-step-verification-to-users/1

My sister-in-law, a truck driver, had decided to get a dog for protection since she drove all over the country. As she inspected a likely candidate, the trainer told her, “He doesn’t like men.”

“Perfect,” my sister-in-law thought and took the dog.

Then one day she was approached by two men in a parking lot, and she watched to see how her canine bodyguard would react. Soon it became clear that the trainer wasn’t kidding. As the men got closer, the dog ran under the nearest car.
(thanks, Max)
Andy came to work one day, limping something awful. One of his co-workers noticed and asked what happened.
Andy replied, “Oh, nothing. It’s just an old hockey injury that acts up once in a while.”
“I never knew you played hockey.”
“I don’t,” said Andy. “I hurt it last year when I lost $1,000 on the Stanley Cup playoffs and put my foot through the television.”
(thanks, Tim)
A very successful businessman had a meeting with his new son-in-law.
“I welcome you into the family,” said the man. “To show you how much we care for you, I am making you a 50-50 partner in my business. All you have to do is go to the factory everyday and learn the operation.”
The son-in-law interrupted. “I hate factories. I can’t stand the noise.”
“I see.” replied the father-in-law, “Well, then you’ll work in the office and take charge of some of the operations.”
“I hate office work,” said the son-in-law. “I can;t stand being stuck behind a desk.”
“Wait a minute,” said the father-in-law. “I just made you half owner of a money-making industry, but you don’t like factories, and won’t work in an office. What am I going to do with you?”
“Easy,” said the son-in-law. “Buy me out.”
(thanks, Rick)
And that’s the world of the Web told briefly in this week’s WebLetter … have a great weekend and as always, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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