Jim’s WebLetter for 6/6/12

Hi-ya friends!

Tomorrow, we are boarding a plane and flying up to meet our kids and their kids for a couple of days, so I am publishing this WebLetter a bit early. Lots going on, so let me get started …

This week, it was reported that Google purchased a company that has been around for awhile gaining fans and making friends. Meebo, based in the same locale as Google, is a social platform connecting users with other users through the internet. It began in 2005 as a browser-based instant messaging program which supported multiple IM services including Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, AIM, and others. Now Google will be using their background and expertise to help Google + become bigger and hopefully better. http://techland.time.com/2012/06/05/google-buys-meebo-to-help-social-networking-push/

Google also bought another company that has been around awhile … QuickOffice. But everything that this company does is already done by Google Documents … Bringing Microsoft Office products to smartphones and tablets. So why purchase the company? Timing is everything to Google and at a time Windows is about to release its new operating system, Windows 8, this is a good time to take one of their signature mobile products off the market.

The Image Language has an artificial mind for converting text to images using Google Images. Simply type a sentence and watch the result in pictures. Here’s how you write using images … http://writewithimages.com/

Create a Free slide show with photos and music. Import your photos from Facebook, instagram, picasa, flickr, picplz and more. The program and website is called Slide.ly … http://slide.ly/

Here’s an app I have on my tablet … Nightstand Central for iPad Free turns your iPad into a high quality alarm clock with current weather information and beautiful, customizable wallpapers. You get many of the great features of Nightstand Central, but for free. Whenever we travel, I use this app in the hotel.

When my husband and I showed up at a very popular restaurant, it was crowded.
I went up to the hostess and asked, “Will it be long?” The hostess, ignoring me, kept writing in her book.
I asked again, “How much of a wait?”
The woman looked up from her book and said, “About ten minutes.”
A short time later, we heard an announcement over the loudspeaker: “Willette B. Long, your table is now ready.”
(thanks, Nancy)
Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch standard 4 pound dead chickens at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the space shuttle, all traveling at maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength
of the windshields.
British engineers heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the windshields of their new high speed trains.
Arrangements were made, and a gun was sent to the British engineers.
When the gun was fired, the engineers stood shocked as the chicken hurled out of the barrel, crashed into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to smithereens, blasted through the control console, snapped the engineer’s back-rest in two, and embedded itself in the back wall of the cabin, like an arrow shot from a bow.
The horrified Brits sent NASA the disastrous results of the experiment, along with the designs of the windshield and begged the U.S. . scientists for suggestions.
NASA responded with a one-line memo —
“Defrost the chicken.”
(thanks, Henry)
There you go, friends … have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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