Jim’s WebLetter for 5/11/13

Hi-ya WebLetter Readers,

Well it was a quick vacation … one spent in Asheville, North Carolina. Of the things we did and saw, it was truly interesting how technology has improved our lives. Take for instance the fact Wi-Fi was available in many of the shops and restaurants we visited. I also saw a number of instances where QR Codes were placed for you to scan and get additional information. Because I used Google Now (http://www.google.com/landing/now/), I was always alerted when there was an issue with weather (Sunday it was raw and rainy, but by midweek it was nice) and received road conditions without having to ask.

Looking for places to eat was as easy as deciding what we wanted. There are a lot of good places to choose from – but Mo’s just outside Biltmore Village has bar-b-q and ribs served with a heavy dose of blues music, Table (http://tableasheville.com/) downtown features farm-fresh fare, Tupelo Honey Cafe (https://tupelohoneycafe.com/) had some of the best grits and eggs you will ever put in your mouth, and 12 Bones (http://www.12bones.com/), a rib shack with baby-back ribs like you won’t believe – were standouts.

So, when I opened up the iPad and did some digging, I found a few things to pass along to you in this WebLetter.

Check out CloudConvert. It is an easy-to-use, mobile-friendly and comprehensive online conversion tool. It converts files of any type – audio, documents, eBooks, images, presentations, spreadsheets or videos, with plenty of other supported formats. To convert your file, simply drag it on to their page, select your destination format from the list and click “Start Conversion”. You can also convert files directly from your Dropbox account by selecting the option “choose from Dropbox”. http://www.cloudconvert.org/

TED-Ed is an offshoot of the successful TED enterprise (Technology, Education and Design). As they say on their website, TED-Ed merges engaging lesson plans, narrated by the educators who create them, with artful animation to give the lessons a visual impact. The video lessons go a step further, offering supplemental materials such as quizzes, discussion questions and extra resources to get your brain working. http://ed.ted.com/

If you use cloud services like Google Drive and Microsoft Skydrive, you will find it is always more convenient to manage your accounts and data through a single app. Cloudii is the app that allows you to to setup all cloud storage services on your Android device and gives you some powerful settings for synchronizing and managing your files. The app gives users the ability to add multiple accounts for each supported service as well, along with some nifty additional features. Android phone users, check it out at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.getcloudii.android

At day care, a four-year-old watched as a teacher pulled something hot from the oven.
“What’s that on your hand?” he asked.
“An oven mitt,” she said. “It keeps me from getting burned. Doesn’t your mother use them?
“No, my mom’s just really careful when she opens the pizza box.”
(thanks, Jen)
In our home we tend to get the children to help out. One day our youngest son came in to the living room and asked, “Does anyone want a cup of coffee?”
“Yes please!” we said.
He replied, “What kind of coffee do you want? Capitated or decapitated?”
(thanks, Rebecca)
Have a great weekend friends, and until next, may God bless you and keep you safe.

Jim’s WebLetter
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