Jim’s WebLetter for 4/7/12

Jim’s WebLetter

Hi-ya Folks,

Hope you’re able to enjoy your Easter weekend. We will be on the beach Sunday at 6:30 for Sunrise service. If you’re here on the island, stop by Peters Point.

This week, Apple has been in the news for several things … Like the fact that thousands of their computers have become infected with the Flashback virus that steals personal information. Now here’s the real issue and why PC people like me will always stay with them … There is no antivirus program to protect Apple computers against such viruses. In fact, the process in which users must undergo just to determine if their systems are infected, and then repair them, is complex. PC users have several programs, many of them free, for protection. Why does Apple continue to hide its head in the sand over this? Hard to say, but I do know that my iPad is susceptible and that
doesn’t make me feel safe. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57409619-83/more-than-600000-macs-infected-with-flashback-botnet/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20&tag=nl.e703

Also in the news, and speaking about the new iPad, reports show that many have wi-fi reception issues. While my iPad doesn’t seem to have that issue, it’s good to know Apple is looking into the matter … http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-57409671-64/apple-looking-into-new-ipad-wi-fi-issues/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20&tag=nl.e703

Also this week, Google is showing off new glasses that use augmented reality. The idea of wearing lenses that show information of the things you’re looking at can be a bit weird, but is a glimpse of things to come in the future of technology. Whether these glasses will take off as the next big thing, or suffer the fate of so many concepts … Death and obscurity, one thing’s certain, Google is pushing for new and innovative and that’s a good thing.

It’s been awhile since I reported about YouTube. One notable improvement comes under the heading of video editing. If you have a less than optimal video to upload, YT will detect and fix your video. This self-improvement application is just part of the process. While the video is up loaded, you can classify and add tags and other information that is auto-saved on the page. Once the video has been processed, you can further edit and save the new file. YouTube has set up a page to practice working with the editor before using it on your own videos. http://www.youtube.com/editor

One reason for purchasing the new iPad was because of the apps. There are thousands and thousands of apps to access. One I have begun using is a magazine aggregator called Zite. Here you can select stories you want to read listed by categories called Sections. You can customize
the magazine by adding your own subjects and Zite will build the new section and keep it updated. Any story that lists in a category comes with a rating service so you can tell Zite whether you want to continue receiving articles from the writer or the subject matter. Zite is available for Android through Google Play and Apple iPhone and iPad through the Apple store.

My wife is a teacher; it’s really weird to live with a teacher. I’d be on the phone, doodling on a piece of paper, leave the house, come back in two hours and that same piece of paper is now on the refrigerator with the words “Good work!” and a big smiley face on it.
(thanks, Doc)
Carl listened from the other room as his wife Holly patiently said to
their five-year-old, “Please pick up your toys, Mary.”
After a few minutes, Holly again reminded their daughter.
Finally Holly asked, “Why aren’t you picking your things up?”
Carl rolled his eyes when he heard Mary answer, “I’m playing house and I’m the dad, so I don’t know where anything goes.”
(thanks, Andrew)
Thanks for your time, Webfriends. Have a great weekend and may God Bless you and keep you safe.

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