Jim’s WebLetter for 8/6/11

Jim’s WebLetter
(also blogged on jimonline.wordpress.com)

Hi-ya friends!

Seems that the current Chief of Internet Technology is being replaced. Why? Cost overruns, productivity is down far below what private enterprise is performing. Who put Mr. Vivek Kundra into office? President Obama. Since then, Mr Vivek has managed to blow some $80 billion dollars a year with little result. Example: Our country’s power grid has been hacked by Russia and China (WSJ, 2009). So who’s replacing Mr. Kundra? Former Microsoft executive Steven VanRoekel … http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/04/technology/white-house-picks-new-information-chief.html?_r=1&ref=technology

I discovered something this week that is really cool … a free software for your computer called Dexpot. With Dexpot you can have separate virtual desktops on your computer for different applications. For instance, one desktop might feature applications for graphic design and another might feature your business applications. Switch between virtual desktops in order to keep track of your open windows. Using Dexpot, you’ll increase your workflow, improving your work efficiency. It’s fast to set up, has plenty of features and is easy to use. Take a look a the video from CNET … http://cnettv.cnet.com/use-virtual-desktops-windows/9742-1_53-50109123.html … and download it from http://www.dexpot.de/index.php?id=download

Although developed in New Zealand, Doggelganger Human to Canine Pairing Software developed by NEC and the Pedigree Adoption Drive matches homeless dogs with potential owners. The idea is you have a picture taken of yourself and the software matches you to one of their pets up for adoption. This is certainly something that pet adoption agencies worldwide could take advantage of in an effort to promote their local drives. You have to try it just to see how it works. Very cool … http://www.doggelganger.co.nz/

One night our dog suddenly began barking almost every night at around 3 a.m.
Irritated and sleepy, my husband, Larry, searched the back yard for what might have disturbed this otherwise peaceful animal.
For three days he found nothing amiss. When the dog woke up the neighborhood a fourth night at 3 a.m. with frantic barking Larry finally snuck around the house through the alley only to discover our quiet neighbor, the last man you’d suspect of wrongdoing, throwing pebbles over the fence at the dog.
My husband demanded to know what he was doing.
“My mother-in-law is visiting,” the embarrassed neighbor explained. “If she gets woken up in the middle of the night one more time she says she’ll leave.”
(thanks, John)
Parents can be very upset when their children don’t get into the college of their choice.
As an admissions counselor for a state university, I took a call from an irate mother who was demanding to know why her daughter had been turned down. Avoiding any mention of the transcript full of D’s, I explained that her daughter just wasn’t as “competitive” as the admitted class.
“Why doesn’t she try anther school for a year and then transfer?” I suggested.
“Another school!” exclaimed the Mother. “Have you seen her grades?”
(thanks, Tim)
Marvin found the following ransom note slipped under his front door: “Bring $50,000 to the 17th hole of your country club tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. if you ever want to see your wife alive again.”
But it was well after one o’clock by the time he arrived at the designated meeting spot.
A masked man stepped from behind a bush and demanded, “You’re three hours late. What took you so long?”
“Give me a break!” said Marvin, pointing to his scorecard. “I’m a 27 handicap.”
(thanks, Frank)
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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