Jim’s WebLetter for 2/4/12

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

Hi-ya friends! So we’re already in to the month of February and things are heating up in the tech world for 2012.

– Facebook will go public on the stock market and with all the hype it should do well, at least to begin with.
– Late this week, Proctor and Gamble announced it is laying off as many as 1600 workers and marketers in an effort to save billions of dollars as they swing to advertising on Facebook and Google.
– For the first time, the Super Bowl will be broadcast live online. Here’s the link: http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/46

We’re now entering into an era where artificial intelligence meets mobile. There is a new application for Android and IOS platforms called Evi that is truly a virtual personal assistant because “she” listens and learns your habits and uses them to help you do everything from remember dates to finding a restaurant that you like. What’s even more interesting is that it has a website as well as an app where you can do even more fact finding. It’s not perfect, but as Evi learns more, it will further develop the ability to work faster and with more knowledge. Try it and see what you think … http://www.evi.com/

The Tate Museums in Great Britain have come up with a website that, while seems something kids would like, is really for anyone who wants to learn about the inner workings of the brain. Wondermind is a suite of games, interactive videos and blog posts which combine the world of Alice in Wonderland and developmental neuroscience. The site is designed for children aged 8 and over for use at home, in a gallery or at school with a range of difficulty levels represented across four games. There is a resource and lesson plan for teachers that further ties art and science together. The underlying message of Wondermind is that “you can enjoy both art and science; they’re not mutually exclusive, and can often be complementary”. http://wondermind.tate.org.uk/

If you’ve ever tried to send a large file in email, you found out that, even with Gmail, there is a limit to how big is big. In other words, you can’t get a large video or image file to a friend or even a client. So, now there’s WeTransfer, a file transfer service that can handle multiple files up to a total of 2GB and there’s no registration needed. Simply fill in the email address where it’s going, your email address and add a comment. https://wetransfer.com/

Sandra was out driving her car and while stopped at a red light, the car just died. It was a busy intersection, and the traffic behind her starting growing.
The guy in the car directly behind her started honking his horn continuously as Sandra continued to try getting the car to start up again.
Finally Sandra got out of her car and approached the guy in the car behind her.
“I can’t seem to get my car started,” Sandra said, smiling. “Would you be a sweetheart and go and see if you can get it started for me. I’ll stay here in your car and lean on the horn for you.”
(thanks, Tim)
There was a man driving down the road behind an 18 wheeler, at every stoplight the trucker would get out of the cab, run back and bang on the trailer door. After seeing this at several intersections in a row the motorist followed him until he pulled into a parking lot.
When they both had come to a stop the truck driver once again jumped out and started banging on the trailer door. The motorist went up to him and said, “I don’t mean to be nosey but why do you keep banging on that door?”
To which the trucker replied, “Sorry, can’t talk now, I have 20 tons of canaries and a 10 ton limit, I have to keep half of them in the air all the time!”
(thanks, Max)
And that is this week’s glimpse into the Web. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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