Jim’s WebLetter for 3/24/12

Hi-ya JWL readers!

Hope you’ve had a good week. Now it’s the weekend and I have things to show you as I continue to discover the best of the Web.

Everything will end up in the cloud. In case you haven’t noticed, people are learning to lean on the giant computer corporations like Google, Amazon, and Apple to store their music, data files and personal content in what we’re made to believe are secure systems. While I’m not going to spend any time and words about the latter, I am sure that the storing and easily retrieving of your content is important. But a newer cloud for music lovers has appeared and it’s name is MyMusicCloud.com. With this, you can easily sign up for an account, upload or download your music collection (depending where you have it stored already) and have access to it using almost any method and machine. There’s an app for it, so I can store my favorites and listen to it on my new iPad. Offering 2GB of free storage, MMC is upgradeable to 5GB for $10 annually and will further double as an online storefront. Users can buy songs for as little as $0.19 (hear that Google and Apple?), or purchase entire albums at prices around $7.99-$9.99, all ready for warehousing in their virtual “locker”. http://www.MyMusicCloud.com/

Here’s a good reason to visit Austin, Texas … they’re clocked at having the fastest download speeds of any city in Amercia. Pando Networks released a study showing which cities in the U.S. had the fastest average download speeds, and not surprisingly, major tech hotspots like San Francisco, Austin, Seattle and New York all led the pack. But Austin scored the fastest clocked speed. So, while you’re there watching video online … visit Lubi’s for great barbeque, County Line for ribs and stop by Bob Evans Texas Museum, you’ll love it. http://www.austintexas.org/visitors/plan_your_trip/

EarthCam has been around for years. I remember having an account when they first began, setting up a webcam and broadcasting it on the site and thinking that everyone is going to see what I’m seeing. So that was years ago and with the years, things have changed. Broadband is everywhere and the quality of webcams has improved, so the leading network of live webcams is showing the viewer what’s going on in every major city and if you see something you like, push it to Youtube, Facebook, and half a dozen other places for your friends to see. http://www.earthcam.com/

Finally, Tinkatolli.me is a virtual world for kids, created by parents to be a safe, fun and importantly a challenging place for young minds to start experiencing, exploring and getting social on the Web. Kids are encouraged to make a “Tinka”, meet friends, play games, build epic stuff and post. Parents, read the important message to you and then, sit your kids in front of the screen and show them how much fun it can be exploring the Web. https://www.tinkatolli.me/

===HuMoR===
As a court clerk, I am well-versed in the jury selection process. First a computer randomly selects a few hundred citizens from the entire county to report for jury duty on a particular day. Then another computer assigns 40 of those present to a courtroom. Then the 40 names are placed into a drum, and a dozen names are pulled.
During jury selection for one trial, the judge asked potential Juror No. 12 if there was any reason he could not be a fair and impartial juror.
“There may be,” he replied. “Juror No. 1 is my ex-wife, and if we were on the same jury, I guarantee we would not be able to agree on anything.”
Both were excused.
(thanks, Donald)
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One morning I found a beautiful long-stemmed rose lying by the kitchen sink. Even though the flower was plastic, I was thinking how, after all the years we had been married, my husband could still make such a wonderful romantic gesture.
Then I noticed a love note lying next to it.
“Dear Sue,” it read. “Don’t touch the rose, I’m using the stem to unclog the drain.”
(thanks, Doc)
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And that’s another week’s worth of Webgazing … have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim
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