Jim’s WebLetter for 8/31/12

Hi-ya friends!

This is coming out a day early as my wife and I are hopping a plane to see the kids over the weekend. And there are a few things worth looking over and following in this week’s edition of JWL.

Received a message this week about a new attack by malware to get in your computer if you use Java. Without going into large detail on the coding, it used to be useful for all sorts of shortcuts and features making websites work better in your browser. Anyway, whether you know if you have it installed or not, there’s an explanation and a “how to” disable it on this link … http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/08/30/how-turn-off-java-browser/

Something made me think the other day … if my kids had needed new computers and software for school as the demand has grown to be in the 21st century, how would we have paid for it all? I mean, this stuff isn’t cheap. Fortunately, tech companies aren’t all in the business to break your bank and if you’re kids can handle in some cases, “non designer” hardware and software, you can afford to outfit them with what they need. Several articles are being posted now dealing with this topic, but one I thought was good to read is found in USA Today. Entitled, “Cash-strapped students have access to free software”, this article by Marc Saltzman, a high-tech industry freelancer who’s been reporting since 1996, gives ideas to bolster their school assignment needs. http://www.usatoday.com/tech/products/story/2012-08-15/back-to-school-free-software/57054404/1

Before there was Google, there were search devices like About.com (before that name, they were known as “The Mining Company”). It was purchased by The New York Times Company back in 2005 (when they had money to spend) and grew and continued to be a place to get information on all sorts of things. I remember using it to learn about fixing things around the house even before the Times owned them. But things change and so do owners. This week, About.com was sold to the people who own Ask.com for a reported $270 million. Before the new ownership decides to change everything, drop by and do a little exploring on your own. Scroll to the bottom to find topics listed by alphabet. You may be surprised to see what it’s all “About”. http://www.about.com/#!/editors-picks/

Looking for a way to connect to your neighbors? Nextdoor is a great way to organize your community. Characterized as the private social networking service for neighborhoods, Nextdoor only allows users to connect with people who they live near. It has been characterized by The Washington Post as part of a “wave” of community focus in the United States. Before registering for an account, prospective users must verify their home address. Verification methods include providing a credit card or confirming a code mailed or phoned to the prospective user. Nextdoor then provides registered users with a list of neighbors who have registered. It’s a free service and a great way to learn more about your neighborhood and stay connected to everyone. It’s also handy when forming a Neighborhood Watch program. Check out the site … https://nextdoor.com/

Turning to my iPad, I have to say that when I have precious little time to just relax and focus on something else, I am liking a new game I found. When I was younger, we lived in a small Texas town where there was very little to do. I would go down the street to a small cafe and would sink coins into a pinball machine. Well, in my searches on iPad, I actually found a game called “Age of Pinballs”. It’s the type of game that gives you several gameboards to choose from the 80’s or 90’s eras, and comes complete with sounds and even background sounds to enhance the feeling of being in a cafe or pub. Of course, you can spend money enhancing the play, but I like just what it comes with. If you ever enjoyed playing the game, this will be back memories.

=== HuMoR ===
You Know You’re Getting Old When …
…you find yourself standing next to your car with your keys in your hand, but you can’t remember whether you’re going somewhere or you just got back.
…your daughter takes you out to dinner, and the cashier takes one look and gives you both senior discounts.
…you reach down to pull up your wrinkled stockings and realize you don’t have any on.
…when you sit down to the breakfast table, and the snap, crackle, pop you hear isn’t your breakfast cereal.
…when you bend over to tie your shoes and ask yourself, “Is there anything else I need to do while I’m down here?”
(thanks, Tim)
One evening a man was very impressed with the meat entree his wife had served. “What did you marinate this in?” he asked. His wife immediately went into a long explanation about how much she loved him and how life wouldn’t be the same without him, etc.
Eventually, his puzzled expression made her interrupt her answer with a question of her own, “What did you ask me?”
She chuckled at his answer and explained, “I thought you asked me if I would marry you again!”
As she left the room, he called out, “Well, would you marry me again?”
Without hesitation, she said, “Vinegar and barbecue sauce.”
(thanks, Cliff)

And that’s this week’s look through the computer screen, friends. Have a great weekend and as always, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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