Jim’s WebLetter for 4/14/12

Hi-ya Folks,

What a week … So many things happened in the world of the Web, I will hit a few of them and show you a couple of great sites to enjoy too.

If you enjoy reading books online or downloaded to your reader, the one thing you may not enjoy is the price you pay for it. This week the federal government decided to go after Apple for the fixed pricing they have been charging. Apple fired back that they aren’t fixing the price any more others. As a result, You can expect prices on some of
your favorite books to fall. Three book publishers settled with the DOJ rather than fight the case. They are renegotiating deals with Amazon that could lead to a return of $9.99 best-sellers as part of the settlement.

Also this week, Facebook bought a relatively new company that millions of people have already been using – Instagram. They are a smartphone app company providing an easy way for you to take and send your photos to friends. Facebook is paying a cool billion bucks for it. What remains to be seen is how it will be integrated into the new owner.

As I mentioned last week, the Flashback virus has been finding its way through Apple computers at an alarming rate. Now it seems Apple is working to get a handle on the problem. http://www.securitynewsdaily.com/1720-apple-flashback-trojan.html

Ok, so let’s take a moment for a little common sense for desktops. With all the projects I work on, each with it’s own folder group, I know how icons can become cluttered on a desktop screen. Rather than spend time trying to decide if you need to keep or disgard each of them, organize them with three easy icons. This may look a bit too simple, but it really does put everything in perspective … http://lifehacker.com/5901487/rid-your-desktop-of-clutter-with-this-simple-trio-of-icons

Next, imagine if you could go back in time and see what Google would have looked like if it had been invented circa 1986. The design, by Squirrel-Monkey.com, has been around for a few months, but an Austrian web design firm called Mass:Werk has created an actual working search engine that simulates the experience of “logging on” via a low-powered computer of the time. You would have to log in to DOS operating software and the speed it loads is slow, but it’s interesting to watch … http://www.masswerk.at/googleBBS/

The doorbell rang and the lady of the house discovered a workman, complete with tool chest, on the front porch.
“Madam,” he announced, “I’m the piano tuner.”
The lady exclaimed, “Why? I didn’t send for a piano tuner.”
The man replied, “I know you didn’t, but your neighbors did.”
(thanks, Dan)
Standing on the tee of a relatively long par three, a confident golfer said to his caddy, “Looks like a four-wood and a putt to me.”
The caddy argued with him a bit and suggested that he instead play it safe and hit a four-iron then a wedge. The golfer was insulted and proceeded to scream and yell at the caddy on the tee telling him that he was a better golfer than that and how dare the caddy under estimate his game.
So, giving in, the caddy handed the gentleman the four-wood he had asked for. He proceeded to top the ball and watched as it rolled about fifteen yards off the front of the tee.
Immediately the caddy handed him his putter and said, “And now for one long putt…
(thanks, Reg)
That’s my highlights for the week. Thanks for your time. Have a great weekend and may God Bless you and keep you safe.

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