Jim’s WebLetter for 8/20/11

Hi-ya webfolks!

Well, the casualty list has begun for tablet makers with failing sales. If you’re name isn’t Apple, chances are you will be on the list at some point. Face it, Steve Jobs got the drop on everyone with the first true tablet (there were others, but they really don’t count) and came out swinging with a second generation before everyone could come up with a first. Now the word on the street is to look for an iPad 3 by the first of next year. Meanwhile HP this week has decided to get out of the tablet/consumer PC, WebOS, Palm business … deciding to go business grade only. Who will be next to make the list? By all accounts, RIM’s Playbook may be the next one. Still, I am waiting on a tablet with enough power to handle HD video editing. The iPad is still sluggish when trying to put anything with any length on it. Come on guys, let’s make something with some power in it … still, here is a list of what the other tablets can learn from HP … http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/five-lessons-tablet-oems-can-learn-from-hp-touchpad-fiasco/14325?tag=content;selector-blogs

Incidentally, what’s to become of all the surplus Touchpads in stock and warehoused? An old fashioned fire sale. Starting today, and while supplies last, the price of the tablets has been dropped. Wanna buy a HP tablet? The 16 GB model is down to $99, while the 32 GB model will sell for $149. http://www.precentral.net/hp-begins-touchpad-liquidation-16gb-cut-99-32gb-149-1

Google has quietly rolled out yet another feature of its Google+ social network … Click on the Share button under any YouTube video to reveal an icon that suggests watching the video with friends in a Google+ hangout. Just click on “Share” underneath any video, and then click on “Start a Google+ Hangout” in the bottom right-hand corner. It’s an excellent way to share a video or get a group conversation going. http://www.youtube.com

I don’t know about you, but I have a real dislike for being on hold. So wouldn’t you know there is a site for people like me with better things to do with my time. It’s called Lucy. Use this site to search for a company or toll-free number you dread calling, give Lucy a number where you can be reached, and the site does the waiting for you, giving you a ring when the line picks up. You can add companies to the list to help future callers. http://lucyphone.com/

After a family visit, my sister and her son drove me to the airport for my flight home. They waited as I checked in at the counter, and then I walked back to them and told them, “I have to wait another three hours.”
“How come?” my nephew asked.
“My plane has been grounded.”
“Grounded? I didn’t know planes had parents.”
(thanks, Tim)
You Know It’s August in Florida …

Hot water comes out of both taps.
You find out that a seatbelt buckle makes a pretty nice branding iron.
The trees are whistling for the dogs.
You find out that you can get sunburned through your car window.
The birds need to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground.
You burn your hand opening the car door.
The temperature drops below 95 and you put on a sweater.
You can make instant sun tea.
Shade determines the best parking space, not distance.
Farmers feed their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying hard boiled eggs.
When you step outside at 7:30 a.m., you break into a sweat.
Potatoes cook underground. This is convenient because all you have to do is pull one out and add salt, pepper and butter.
You discover that asphalt has a liquid state.
You realize that it only takes two fingers to steer your car.
(thanks, Jeff … by the way, this could work for Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas too)
In our home we tend to get the children to help out. One day our youngest son came in to the living room and asked, “Does anyone want a cup of coffee?”
“Yes please!” we said.
He replied, “What kind of coffee do you want? Capitated or decapitated?”
(thanks, Kathy)
Well, that’s gonna do it for this week, WebLetter readers. Have a great weekend and God bless you and keep you safe.

Jim’s WebLetter
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