Jim’s WebLetter for 3/3/12

Hi-ya friends!

This Wednesday, Apple is expected to announce the new iPad to the world. Much speculation has been made about the new tablet and what improved features it will have. But is it true that the new iPad 3 is already being used by Apple employees? According to Jacqui Cheng of Ars Technica, some employees have been running around with a tablet now using the new iOS-6 platform. Whether that’s true or not, the fact is the announcement on Wednesday will be met with great anticipation by folks who have the older iPad and are looking to upgrade, as well as those of us who want more of a work horse in a tablet and can get the Apps to back it up. http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2012/03/ipads-using-ios-6-high-res-displays-showing-up-in-ars-server-logs.ars

I have seen the future and it is reacting to where my eyes look. While that may sound a bit prophetic, it’s certainly true of a new round of devices that track how our brain works in order to move an object on the computer screen. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9699536.stm

Over the years, I have seen a program called “Alice” that was artificial intelligence in a web page, an open source software for chat robots, and now it’s a free 3D programming tool to build games and animated movies in a simple drag and drop environment. This is an excellent teaching tool for those interested in learning 3D programming, computer programming or creating animation. The website has a video that explains Alice and how it (she) works … http://www.alice.org/index.php?page=what_is_alice/what_is_alice

Finally, as was reported, Google has changed it’s privacy policies and many people are not happy. In essence, if you sign up for one Google feature (Gmail, for instance) then you are automatically signed in to it’s other features including Documents, Picasa and Analytics. This makes for easier useability when bouncing from one feature to another. But Google is also saying that third party vendors may have access to your information as well for advertising purposes. That’s where most users and even the government is focusing on. But here’s a news flash for you … it’s already going on to some degree with other sites including AOL, Yahoo and Facebook. Here is the Privacy page with explanations of their new policy … http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/

===HuMoR===
A Mexican restaurant I pulled up to looked great. Only one problem – it wasn’t open. So I jotted down the name for another day. Just then, a man came out of the restaurant and took a peek at what I’d written.
“That’s not the name of the restaurant,” he said, pointing to the sign over the door. “That’s Spanish for ‘Closed on Mondays.'”
(thanks, Max)
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I was checking out at a busy supermarket and the cashier was having problems. The register ran out of paper, the scanner malfunctioned, and then the cashier spilled a handful of coins.
When she totaled my order, it came to exactly $22. Trying to soothe her nerves, I said, “That’s a nice round figure.”
Still frazzled, she glared at me and said, “You’re no bean pole yourself!”
(thanks, Doc)
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So there you go, folks. Next week I hope to report about the new Apple iPad, and will talk about another platform that is being released … have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim
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