Jim’s WebLetter for 6/2/12

Hi-ya Webfriends!

There are a couple of matters in the news this week you may not have heard about. First, the United Nations has been developing a resolution, led by such countries as Russia and Iran, to make an international law to govern the Internet, raising taxes and fees for services, and determining what sort of content should be allowed for public consumption. At first glance, one might assume that this is a good thing, that we need better control of some of the things that are added to the Web everyday. But several countries, including the US, are against the proposal stating censorship and undue taxation raised by the organization would cause international hardship and unrest. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57444629-83/u.n-takeover-of-the-internet-must-be-stopped-u.s-warns/?tag=mncol;editorPicks

Next, there’s a new operating system coming from Windows that by all accounts, will rival anything being used by Apple, Android or Linux. Windows 8 has just released its’ final pre-release phase that’s free to download and try. Next comes the official release of a system that will work on PC, tablet and phone. http://www.informationweek.com/news/galleries/windows/operatingsystems/240001349?pgno=1

One thing I have learned after years of working with a computer is that there is a lot of strain on a body sitting and staring at a computer screen …strain on the back, neck and eyes. CNET’s Karen Vaknin gives pointers on reducing the stress … http://cnettv.cnet.com/reduce-computer-related-eyestrain/9742-1_53-50125569.html

And finally, Walmart is taking a leap into the app world with their in-store app that they encourage you using when shopping. The app shows you where everything is. Additionally, they use QR codes so you can get additional information about the product. You can download the app from the iPad or Android stores. Here’s the lowdown …

== HuMoR ==
Duck decoys, fishing rods, boots — outdoor gear of all kinds was piled high in the garage. One day I found my wife staring at the mess. “I hope I die first, so I don’t have to get rid of all this,” she sighed.
“Look on the bright side,” I suggested. “If I go first, you can put an ad in the paper. When all the men come by to check out the stuff, you can pick out a replacement for me.”
Still staring at the pile, she said, “Nah. Whoever would want all this stuff wouldn’t be my type.”
Flashlights used by my National Guard unit can withstand almost anything. And to prove it, they come with a lifetime warranty.
Nevertheless, nothing is indestructible, which is why the warranty also cautions, “Void with shark bites, bear attacks and children under the age of five.”
​Have a great weekend and as always, I pray that God bless you and keep you safe.

Jim’s WebLetter
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