Jim’s WebLetter for 2/16/13

Hi-ya friends and neighbors!

With all the sound and fury of the new Windows 8 operating system that is in PC’s, tablets and phones, little has been said about other things Microsoft has been working on. That is, until now … it was reported this week that Microsoft is launching a new Video Messages feature for Skype. According to sources, they have been working on the feature for a number of months, and have it ready to debut on iOS, Android, and Mac. Designed for online and offline messaging, Video Messages lets Skype users send up to three minutes of video to each other. Although it won’t initially be available for Windows users, those using the Skype for Windows or Skype for Windows Phone will receive the messages with a link to view them online. Expect the service to be fully functional in April. http://www.skype.com/en/

The website Bookish is a project developed between Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Penguin publishers and is designed for book-lovers everywhere. In a nutshell, Bookish is part book review publication and part bookstore. You’ll discover the site’s homepage appears to be a type of e-magazine which features updates on new releases that can be purchased on-site with both e-book and physical copy options. You’ll also see legitimate articles by the “Bookish Editors” about authors, novels, and more. Beyond this, the website offers a vast selection of titles through its store. Find book recommendations and other trusted contributors. http://www.bookish.com/home

Now, if you’d like to look into the Amazon Kindle listing of free books, there is a program for it. All the free kindle books are divided by genre on Freebook Sifter, so you can find the kind of book you are looking for with ease. You can find pretty much any kind of book using this website, from fiction all the way to history books and beyond. Once you choose a genre of book to look at, you can sort them by title, number of reviews, and overall rating. All the results will link you to Amazon, so you can download your chosen book in just a few seconds. http://www.freebooksifter.com/

Finally, for the writer-notetaker in you, there is a cool product on the market called the Livescribe Smartpen. It records what you write and also records audio, as in someone speaking, then allows you to download to a computer for future reference or creating a term paper, for instance. http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/smartpen/sky/
Well, Yaara Lancet, writer for MakeUseOf, gives a detailed review of the pen with a giveaway of one of these Smart devices. Hint, you need a Twitter account. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/livescribe-sky-wi-fi-smartpen-review-and-giveaway-twitter-exclusive/

=== HuMoR ===
As a school bus driver one Saturday morning I was driving a high school choir to a concert. I parked the bus at the school and soon students started boarding. Nobody said hello or asked if it was the charter bus or anything. The choir director boarded, counted the students, and said it was OK to leave, also not asking if it was the correct bus. About two miles down the road I spoke up in a loud voice saying, ” When we get to the work site the deputies will issue each of you an orange vest, gloves, and two plastic trash bags. When you fill a bag leave it beside the road. When you need more bags raise your hand and the deputies will give you more.” I then looked in the mirror to see the most shocked kids I’ve ever seen. I explained what happened to the director; and we both, or perhaps I should say all, had a good laugh. Bet those kids never assumed they were on the correct bus again.
(thank you, Maurice)
A young lady graduated from college and started teaching at an area school. One day she went with a friend to a nearby restaurant for lunch.
A man seated next to her asks, “Are you a teacher?”
Surprised but happy, she replied, “Why, yes, I certainly am!”
She enjoyed a warm feeling throughout the meal … she looked like a teacher, and this made her feel great.
As she was leaving the restaurant, she asked the man, “How did you know I was a teacher?”
“You have chalk dust on your rear”, he replied.
(thanks, Eve)
That’s what I have for you this week … make it a good weekend friends, and until next, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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