Jim’s WebLetter for 7/7/12

Hi-ya WebLetter readers and friends!

While everyone is talking and writing about it, the story of FBI computers being shut down this week is worth reading. It’s not because the computers are problematic. It’s what they’ve been preventing … Virus attack. There’s a link to a site that checks your computer for virus-safety too. Here’s a link and story from tech guru (aka Digital Goddess) Kim Komando … http://www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?id=12433&utm_medium=nl&utm_source=notd&utm_content=2012-07-05-article&utm_campaign=end-b

Rice University researchers have taken battery building to a new level. You might say, one application at a time. The team has created a paint that when applied to a surface, makes that surface a battery. Read the brief on it and watch the video. Yes, it’s real … http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/29/rice-university-researchers-create-spray-on-battery-powered-bat/

Hot tip for game players … You can get Angry Birds Seasons for free, without ads. But hurry … The download is for iPhones and iPads only until Thursday.

Malware has been removed from both the Google play store and Apple app store. The piece identified is called Find and Call. If you have it, delete it. It takes your contact information and sends it to the maker without your knowledge or consent.

When I read about this next story, it sent me to thinking. The library system in McAllen, Texas (population 150,000) is maybe situated the largest building of its kind … Why? Because before it was a library, it was a Walmart store. When Walmart moved out, the city purchased the building, invested in a new build out and the result is a fantastic environment for learning that includes some 64 computer stations along with conference rooms, teen-activity rooms and even a cafe. Just openly thinking now, with the vacant spaces left by such stores as Food Lion and Kmart, wouldn’t a new library with the latest features and plenty of space for reading and studying be a good fit? Read the story and click the link to see photos of this beautiful project completed.

At the urging of his doctor, Bill moved to Texas.
After settling in, he met a neighbor who was also an older man.
“Say, is this really a healthy place?”
“It sure is,” the man replied. “When I first arrived here I couldn’t say one word. I had hardly any hair on my head. I didn’t have the strength to walk across a room and I had to be lifted out of bed.”
“That’s wonderful!” said Bill. “How long have you been here?”
“I was born here.”
(thanks, Bob)
Helping her mom sort clothes into “save” and “give away” piles, the six-year-old daughter came across a garter belt.
“What’s this?” she asked.
“It’s a garter belt,” the mom said. Seeing that meant nothing to her, mom added, “It’s for holding up stockings.”
“Ah,” she said, carefully placing it in the “save” pile, “we’ll use it next Christmas Eve.”
(thanks, Carol)
That’s some of what I came across this week. Sometimes I think I could write a book just on a week’s worth of Web. There is a lot going on.
Until next weekend, have a good one and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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