Jim’s WebLetter for 8/4/12

Hi-ya Web fans!

This week, Microsoft announced that it is changing it’s email, Hotmail, to Outlook.com. The advantage of course is email addresses are now available and if you’ve wanted a new address with something easy to use, get it with “@outlook.com”. The first day, more than a million new addresses were registered. With the account, you get a full slate of features from calendar and text, but most of all – cloud storage using the Skydrive cloud service with 7 gigs of storage space, all free. Also, if you already have a Skydrive account, you can use it to access the Outlook email. Http://www.outlook.com

If you have a Paypal account, now you can use it in your neighborhood Home Depot. This week, they announced the rollout of Paypal in their 2000 stores. They join a growing group of store chains providing purchasing services using the online service. Get details from the Paypal site … https://www.paypal-promo.com/anywhere/desktop/

YouTube continues to grow up. In an article by Gregory Ferenstein, it seems YouTube is helping to launch a new channel with the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). As he writes, “The new “I Files” channel will curate videos from sources such as The New York Times and Al Jazeera, in a attempt to bring some much needed attention to the fledgling investigative journalism space and bolster YouTube’s multi-million dollar foray into professional content”. http://www.youtube.com/ifiles

Its back … Social bookmarking website Digg launched the first version of its new site on Tuesday after going back into startup mode to rebuild the site from the bottom up. V1, for version 1, was built on “fresh code” and the team says they plan to build it out quickly. The new site features more images and stories selected by editors. It is free from ads and appears to have space for bigger stories. Unlike the previous version, Digg now monitors sites Facebook and Twitter to determine what is most newsworthy. Http://www.digg.com

I have been using an app on my iPad that is one of those crossover apps – good for iPad or iPhone. It’s called MyRadar Weather Radar. This free app pinpoints where you are and provides fast, accurate weather conditions. I know, the Weather Channel has a great app, and there are several apps that deal with weather in your area, but MyRadar opens and loads fast while others like the Weather Channel are just loading up.


The local news station was interviewing an 80-year-old lady because she had just gotten married for the fourth time.
The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again at 80, and then about her new husband’s occupation.
“He’s a funeral director,” she answered.
“Interesting,” the newsman thought.
He then asked her if she wouldn’t mind telling him a little about her first three husbands and what they did for a living.
She paused for a few moments, needing time to reflect on all those years. after a short time, a smile came to her face and she answered proudly, explaining that she had first married a banker when she was in her 20’s, then a circus ringmaster when in her 40’s, and a preacher when in her 60’s, and now – in her 80’s – a funeral director.
The interviewer looked at her, quite astonished, and asked why she had married four men with such diverse careers.
(wait for it)
She smiled and explained, “I married
one for the money,
two for the show,
three to get ready,
and four to go.”
(thanks, dad)
I was walking to lunch with my friend Tristan and discussing the need to start an exercise program. A mutual friend, Chris, joined us on the walk and after listening to Tristan and I talk about fitness, Chris said, “I’m exercising every day.”
“You’re exercising?” we asked. “Daily?”
“Yeah!” he replied. “I swim after work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. And I run on Tuesdays and Thursdays.”
We stopped walking, and I asked Chris, “How long have you been doing this?”
“Oh, I don’t start until next week!” he replied.
(thanks, Jennifer)
And that’s this weeks collection from the Web. Oh, sure there is a lot more, after all, it’s the World Wide Web.

Have a great weekend and until next, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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