Jim’s WebLetter for 3/30/13

Hi-ya WebLetter readers and friends!

It’s Easter weekend. I hope it’s a good one for you. We will be at the sunrise (aka Sonrise) service at Peters Point at 7 am and at the church by 8 for breakfast. If you’re on the Island, you’re invited to join us.

Turning to the things on the Web, I came across a few stories of interest this week …

Imagine a story of the 17 year old who came up with an idea for a mobile application that reduces news stories into a summary of 400 words or less. Summly was born from high school student Nick D’Aloisio from Wimbledon, England. The program for iPhone was sold to Yahoo for $30 million and the company offered Nick a job. I believe we will see a lot more stories like this one with Nick and a major company’s acquisition as technology becomes more common and the coding is taught to more people. In fact this story isn’t the first of it’s kind. This just exemplifies the use of technology learned from a perspective of someone who took an idea and built a means to make it happen. I have one question … who’s next? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cT7GGFERBu0

You may have not heard but there is actually more than one Internet. In what has become known as “The Internet of Things” … this series of computers creating the new network is said to be many times bigger than the current internet which is becoming so full of IP addresses, that it will stop becoming expandable. The new internet, which was actually turned on in June of last year, will be used to run and control sensors that control everything from security systems and appliances in the home, to monitoring farm animals and even drones flying overhead. Business Insider has the story …

And call it a sign of the times, but something gaining in popularity is cyberattack insurance. Large institutions have been making the news lately not so much for the things they are doing but of the things being done to them. Major banking organizations and internet companies have all reported being attacked and Stratfor, a company that provides intelligence services to individuals and corporations had information related to some 90,000 credit card accounts stolen. So insurance companies like Hartford Financial Services and Travelers provides coverage to protect these organizations from the result of customers having their information stolen. Get 6 reasons why you should have cyberattack insurance from Inc magazine … http://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/6-reasons-you-should-have-cyber-liability-insurance.html

ABCya! is a fun site for lots of great games and activities. There is a nice word cloud generator very similar to Wordle that creates nice-looking word clouds. The thing ABCya! has over Wordle is that you may directly save your word cloud as a .jpg without any registration. Kids need a place to enjoy after school? Point them in this direction … http://www.abcya.com/

=== HuMoR ===
One man was talking to another at the store.
He asked, “So where is that boy of yours?”
“Josh is in college,” the second man replied.
“What’s he taking?”
The second man grimaced, “Every cent I have.”
(thanks, Kathy)
A little child in church for the first time watched as the ushers passed the offering plates.
When they neared the pew where he sat, the youngster piped up so that everyone could hear: “Don’t pay for me Daddy, I’m under five.”
(thanks, Tim)
Have a great weekend, friends. May God bless you and keep you safe.

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