Jim’s WebLetter for 7/20/13

Hi-ya friends!
 
This week we learned about the improvements Google has been working on in their Maps program.  Not only do you get from point A to point B, you also get places of interest along the way.   Best thing to all this, it relies on traffic reports to reroute you if the original route is too congested.  Katie Boehret from the Wall Street Journal has an article in All Things Digital about the upgrade … http://goo.gl/aOFer
 
Speaking of Google, what’s your take on the latest version of Gmail?  If you use the service you have seen quite a number of changes over time.  The latest thing, the division of your email into three categories, is probably one of the most dynamic in the past year or so.  Now the email service decides if your email is based on promotion, social or primary.  For me with all the email I get from different companies and media, it’s been very helpful.  The spam blocker has been doing an excellent job to stemming the flow of stuff from people just trying to get my money, and with this latest feature, I don’t have to see so much in my inbox to try to weed through.  I will say it took me some time to get used to the new compose email window, but it has become easy to use to modify text or import content to send.  Here’s more on what the new Gmail does … https://www.google.com/mail/help/intl/en/features.html
 
Here’s a database aggregator which combs through and finds apartments in selective cities.  Apartum lets you find places to stay in many popular destinations. It does not support every location around the world, but most major cities and popular destinations are available. Like most travel sites, you search by location and dates you wish to travel. The website will automatically search sites like FlipKey, House Trip, Interhome and plenty of other services.  http://www.apartum.com/
 
Need to take a break for say, two minutes?  If you’ve been really working hard, feel tension, or just need a diversion, check out the article on MakeUseOf by Dave Parrack who tried out and reviewed 10 programs/websites that specialize in relaxation … http://goo.gl/vSdQg
 
Finally, TED talks never cease to lure me in with speeches from really smart minds telling the audience of some breakthrough concept that has happened or something incredible we should be on the lookout for.  But then, there comes a video of three young boys who have mastered their ability to play an instrument so well, it is captivating to watch them perform.  These are the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys … http://goo.gl/sjy6T
 
=== HuMoR ===
Duck decoys, fishing rods, boots — outdoor gear of all kinds was piled high in the garage. One day I found my wife staring at the mess. “I hope I die first, so I don’t have to get rid of all this,” she sighed. 
“Look on the bright side,” I suggested. “If I go first, you can put an ad in the paper. When all the men come by to check out the stuff, you can pick out a replacement for me.” 
Still staring at the pile, she said, “Nah. Whoever would want all this stuff wouldn’t be my type.”
(thanks, Mike)
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At a wedding, the DJ polled the guests to see who had been married longest. The bride’s grandparents took the honors. 
The DJ asked them: “What advice would you give to the newly-married couple?” 
The grandmother said: “The three most important words in a marriage are, ‘You’re probably right.'” 
Everyone then looked at the grandfather for his answer. 
He, wisely, answered: “She’s probably right.”
(thanks, Tom)
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And that’s some of what got my attention this week.
As always, my friends, may God bless you and keep you safe.
 
c-ya!
Jim
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