Jim’s WebLetter for 9/3/11

Hi-ya Labor Day Weekend webfriends!

Traveling by air this weekend? You might want to hit a place that prints free bag tags for each of your travel bags. While they’re nothing really fancy, they are easy to download and easy to use. Most of all, they’re not like everyone else will have on their bags, so it makes finding your bag easier as it comes around the carousel. http://www.printableluggagetags.com/

Because it was such a hit when sold at the reduced prices, and because I didn’t get a chance to purchase one at the reduced price, I have been watching to see if there will be any more HP Touchpads released before Hewlett Packard completely closes down the operation. Sure enough, sometime next month, the market will see the final batch of Touchpads coming out. It’s claimed that HP will sell them on their website at the fire sale price ($99 for 16 GIG model, $150 for the 32 GIG). Anyone interested needs to keep a look out on the HP site starting next month. http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/09/second-batch-hp-touchpad-tablets-rumored-october/

I remember when Microsoft was talking about a new operating system that would really move us into a new era of computing. Back then it was called Windows 3.0. That was the early ’90s. Then came Windows 95, Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows XP and Windows 7. So now Microsoft is talking about Windows 8 and it’s already being met with mixed reaction, even before it has been released … mainly because of the browser, Internet Explorer, that’s integrated into the system. Anyone with history knows the browser has been problems in the past including being hacked and private information stolen. Even though more people use IE than any other brower, the safer browers are Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Regardless, it remains to be seen how MS will make it’s Explorer work inside the new system. To follow comments as it’s been finished, click … http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/

Razoo is a company that makes it easier for smaller non-profit organizations to raise money efficiently. And now Razoo’s tools are available to individuals as well as organizations. Users of the app can create fundraisers and easily see who has donated and how much they’ve given. You can also push out updates to people who follow you on the app on your progress or what the money is going toward. The app also integrates with social media, making it easy to send out appeals to your followers for more money and send automated “thank-yous” once people have donated. Get more info about it at … http://www.razoo.com/

A DEA officer stopped at a ranch in Texas and talked with the old rancher. “I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs.”
“Okay, but don’t go in that field over there.”
The DEA officer verbally exploded saying, “Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me!” Reaching into his pocket, he removed his badge and proudly displayed it to the rancher.
“See this badge? This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish, on any land! No questions asked or answers given. Have I made myself clear? Do you understand?”
The rancher nodded politely. “I’m sorry,” and with that he went about his chores.
A short time later, the old rancher heard loud screams. He looked up and saw the DEA officer running for his life with the rancher’s big Santa Gertrudis bull in hot pursuit. The bull was gaining ground on the officer with every step and it seemed just a matter of a few more steps before the officer would be gored.
The rancher threw down his tools, ran to the fence and yelled at the top of his lungs: “Your badge! Show him your BADGE!!”
(thanks, Rick … I love Texas humor)
The pastor was known for the clarity and brevity of his sermons. His talks were well organized and always ended promptly at 20 minutes.
One Sunday, he seemed to wander and drift around a bit and was still preaching to the congregation after 35 minutes. His wife managed a small signal, which fortunately he recognized as a sign he should come to a close.
When they got home after the service, the wife asked the pastor why he got so muddled and why he went on speaking so long.
He answered, “Well, I’ve gotten into the habit of tucking a lozenge in my mouth before I stand to speak. When the lozenge has dissolved, I know it is time to stop. This morning, unfortunately I picked up a collar button instead of a lozenge.”
(thanks, Joseph)
I was on vacation, playing the slot machines. It was my first time in a casino, and I wasn’t sure how the machines operated.
“Excuse me,” I said to a casino employee. “How does this work?”
The worker showed me how to insert a bill, hit the spin button, and operate the release handle.
“And where does the money come out?” I asked.
He smiled and motioned to a far wall before saying, “Usually at the ATM.”
(thanks, Kathy)
Whatever you do this weekend, I hope you have an opportunity to relax before getting back to the workweek. Til next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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