Jim’s webLetter for 3/31/12

Hi-ya WebFriends,

It’s Saturday and time to check out some Web-oriented stuff I discovered this week in this issue of JWL.

This marks the first week I began using my new iPad to write this WebLetter and using Documents 2, a free writing and note taking app. This also gives me the chance to talk more about my purchase of the new iPad. I like it for the plentiful apps and the screen quality. Retinal display allows me to read the tiniest of print and enjoy HD quality videos, but I don’t like the fact that what I call the “standard” form of flash video doesn’t show on the device. As a result the world is adjusting to new coding to show flash movies on Apple devices. Just this week I found a plugin for my church’s website (www.fbfirst.com) so iPads and iPhones can watch the stream that is actually being broadcast in Adobe Flash. Was it necessary for Apple to demand a new form of coding for displaying video? The Mac doesn’t require it, so why the iPad and iPhone? In an article from 2010, Steve Jobs is quoted as saying that we no longer need flash. That it is unsecured and hard to work with. He proposed using a new format. The one they are using today. http://mashable.com/2010/04/29/steve-jobs-flash-is-no-longer-necessary/

So this week, we learned that Google has a new cloud system called “Drive” that’s coming April 16th. While most cloud services off 2 gigs of space for free, Drive will offer 5 free gigs of space. Techcrunch has the details … http://techcrunch.com/2012/03/30/new-google-drive-leak-points-to-5gb-of-free-storage-april-16-launch-date/

Here’s one of those “I wish I had this growing up” moments … The Web-based application now available for smartphones and tablets is Bankaroo, a simple and effective way for kids to manage their allowance and other money, while keeping track of their expenses, too. Designed for kids ages 5 to 13, Bankaroo is a free downloadable app from the Apple App Store, but the HTML5 Web application can also work on virtually any device that has access to the Internet. http://bankaroo.com/home/

Timeline has come to Facebook. You were warned that your account would get it. Frankly I don’t mind it. I did a little graphic work and added a couple of photos and I’m done. Remember that any images you add will be classified by date. There’s a good story on ZDNet about it … http://www.zdnet.com/blog/facebook/all-facebook-pages-get-timeline/11192?tag=content;selector-blogs

===HuMoR===
A mother gave her teenage daughter a car for her sixteenth birthday. As she handed over the keys, she explained that it was a magic car.
The girl, of course, was very excited, and asked what it did.
“Well,” said Mom, “Just get one ticket and you’ll see how quickly it will disappear.”
(thanks, Reggie)
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A Navy officer, serving on an aircraft carrier, was cutting through the crew’s quarters of his ship one day and happened upon a sailor reading a magazine with his feet up on the small table in front of him.
“Sailor! Do you put your feet up on the furniture at home?” the officer demanded.
“No, sir, but we don’t land airplanes on the roof either.”
(thanks, Rob)
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And that’s this weeks look through the computer screen, friends. Have a great weekend and may God bess you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim
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