Hi-ya WebLetter subscribers! Here are a few of the things I found on the Web this week …
When the iPad first hit the market, Steve Jobs told the world that Flash won’t work on it and that’s OK. Well, at the moment, Adobe (the maker and patent holder for Flash) wasn’t too worried about that because, after all, iPad was “maybe so maybe no” and all the PC’s and Macbooks in the world did play the movie platform. What was there to worry about? Now that iPad 2 has sold millions of the second generation machines and iPad is releasing the third generation sometime in March, Adobe has to be doing the collective breath-holding. After all, everything is at stake. But hold the phone … there’s a way to get Flash movies on the iPad. The company OnLive has a way to bring Windows and Flash to the iPad screen. According to Edward Baig, reporter for USA Today, it works pretty well. Not perfect, but pretty well. One catch … it costs $5 a month to run.
Researches at Wake Forest have developed a fabric that, when applied to the back of a cellphone, can actually charge the battery while you have it in your pocket. Called Power Felt, the fabric uses temperature differences to create electricity. The video in the link attached shows the uses for this material even though the researchers are still looking for ways to improve it. It’s not stopping the university from initiating talks with investors to bring Power Felt to the market. http://mashable.com/2012/02/24/power-felt/
Apple users, there’s a new variant of the Flashback Trojan horse that uses three methods to infect Macs. The malware first tries to install itself using one of two Java vulnerabilities. If this is successful, users will be infected with no intervention. If these vulnerabilities are not available (if the Macs have Java up to date) then it attempts a third method of installation, trying to fool users by displaying a self-signed certificate, claiming to be issued by Apple. Most users won’t understand what this means, and click on “Continue” to allow the installation to continue. (the window looks like this: http://blog.intego.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/java-certificate.png) Flashback.G injects code into web browsers and other applications that access a network, and in many cases will cause them to crash. If you see this window, don’t trust it, and cancel the process.
Finally, for those of us who enjoy staring at the sky, the moon, Venus, and Jupiter (the three brightest objects in the night sky) will be putting on a show shortly after sunset both tonight and Sunday, coming together in a tight triangle. With any luck, you might also spot tiny Mercury down near the horizon just as the sun goes down. You can check out the performance just by stepping outside and looking westward. But if it’s cloudy or you’re in an area with trees or tall building blocking your view, you can always watch the event live on the Slooh Space Camera feed, starting both nights at 6:30 p.m. Pacific time. http://www.slooh.com/slooh-home.php
On a spring break trip to Italy, my friends and I were standing just inside St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the largest Christian churches in the world. The tour guide explained, “This church is so large that no man on earth could hit a baseball from one end to the other, not Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron or even Mark McGuire.”
My group stared in silence at the beautiful marble sculptures, intricate paintings, and glorious mosaics all around the enormous building.
Then one tour member interrupted the silence with an astonished question: “You mean, they actually let them hit baseballs in here?”
The restaurant where I took my two sons for a meal was crowded with fans watching a sporting event on television. The harried waitress took our order, but more than half an hour passed with no sign of her return.
I was trying to keep my kids from becoming restless when suddenly shouts of victory came from the bar.
“Hey,” commented my 11-year-old, “it sounds as if someone just got his food.”
There you go, friends … have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.
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