Jim’s WebLetter for 9/8/12

Hi-ya Webfriends!

Well the political sides are getting louder, aren’t they? What’s unique this year are all the truths being stretched by both sides. Don’t these guys know that there are people out there checking every fact the party speakers are uttering? The latest round of, I’ll just call them what they are – lies, are not even close to the truth. Whether it’s the misquotes and statistics taken out of context, or just someone shooting off without thinking through what they’re saying, there are groups checking on everything being said. One place to get the facts is FaceTheFacts. Each day the folks at George Washington University post a new fact that has been researched and tested. http://www.facethefacts.org

Meanwhile, the Anenberg Public Policy Center sponsors FactCheck.org which takes everything said by the two parties and tells you the facts and the falsehoods … http://www.factcheck.org/
Best word of advice anyone can give is, don’t take as the truth what you hear in the commercials and the politicians, read the facts.

Speaking of checking the facts, safety and security will be getting another step-up from Google as they just acquired VirusTotal, a company that provides a free service of checking websites for viruses and Trojan horses. After Google had some problems with email and features being hit, they are putting on another layer of security. You can use the site now to find out if a website has a virus planted in it. https://www.virustotal.com/

Is Apple getting into the streaming radio business too? Why? With Rdio, Spotify, Pandora, and Music Unlimited crowding the mobile music space, Apple appears to think it can be done better. Frankly it sounds like the “all things for all people” approach that so many companies have tried and failed. But who knows, maybe they will offer free music plays and music on demand … Oh, that’s right, it’s already being done.
Read more at http://www.tecca.com/news/2012/09/07/apple-streaming-radio-pandora-spotify/#dgyX2B6Ddui85XG2.99

Kickstarter is a crowd funding website for creative projects. Kickstarter has funded a broad array of projects ranging from indie films, music and comics to journalism, video games, and food-related projects. Since it’s inception in 2009, they say more than 2 million donors have funded nearly 30,000 projects. But donor beware, Kickstarter doesn’t follow up to ensure the project is completed. They just provide the platform for the projects to pitch for funds. http://www.kickstarter.com

===HuMoR===
In the admitting office of our hospital, some patients were filling out forms, others were being interviewed and still others were being escorted to their rooms.
An elderly woman hesitantly entered my cubicle. She had completed her admitting forms and, upon my request, handed me her insurance cards.
I typed the necessary information and then asked her the reason for her coming to the hospital.
“Just to visit a friend,” she said, “but this had taken so long, I’m not sure I have time now.”
(thanks, Robert)
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When it comes to age …
My mom called her friend May on her 100th birthday.
“How are you going to celebrate? she asked.
“My children are coming for the weekend,” May said happily.
“You must be looking forward to that,” Mom said.
“Yes,” May replied, “but it’s a lot of work, washing the floors and making up their beds.”
“Why don’t you wait and have the children do it?” Mom suggested.
“Oh, no, I couldn’t do that,” May countered. “They’re in their 80s!”
(thanks, Brenda)
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Like a lot of husbands throughout history, Webster would sit down and try to talk to his wife. But as soon as he would start to say something, his wife would say, “And what’s that supposed to mean?”
Thus, Webster’s Dictionary was born.
(thanks, Tim)
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I’ll bet you didn’t know that about Webster, did you? Me neither. Have a great weekend friends, and until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim
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