Jim’s WebLetter for 9/28/13

Hi-ya friends!

If there was any doubt, Fall has definitely fallen on Amelia Island.  Cool and breezy marked yesterday after days of rain and overcast skies.  This is the time of year new gadgets and computer systems hit the public eye.  After all, we’re only weeks away from Christmas. 

This week computer guru Bill Gates said in an interview at Harvard that IBM’s creation of Control-Alt-Delete (Ctrl-Alt-Del), also known as the “three-finger salute” was, after all, a mistake.  That there had been a discussion about a single key to perform the function of rebooting the system, or in many cases, unfreezing a hung up software.  http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/26/4772680/bill-gates-admits-ctrl-alt-del-was-a-mistake.  But now IBM has replied to Gates’ remark by saying it wasn’t a mistake after all or at least was the best mistake ever made.  http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/27/226761988/ctrl-alt-delete-defenders-tell-gates-it-wasnt-a-mistake. All I know is, the many times I’ve had to use it, I’m glad someone created it.

If you’ve upgraded your iPad or iPhone to the new system, IOS 7, you are likely going through some changes as you learn about the many new features.  There have been reports of vertigo as a result of the screen and continued problems with security.  CNET has a video you should see that helps you overcome some of the annoying quirks you may be facing.  http://cnettv.cnet.com/fix-ios-7-most-annoying-quirks/9742-1_53-50155902.html?tag=api

Incidentally, this week Apple released a fix for the security issue IOS 7 had … http://news360.com/article/202437271, unfortunately someone has already figured out a hack for it … http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/09/27/ios-7-0-2-lock-screen-vunerability/

Apple users may not necessarily want to hear this, but many of the new features in the new Apple system were already available in Android.  Control system?  Yep.  Multitasking?  That too.  But it is nice to see the Apple people finally given the opportunity to catch up with the things Android users have been enjoying.  http://www.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57604876-285/those-cool-ios-7-features-android-does-that-too/

An Easter Egg is a hidden feature in software or operating system that works if the user performs a specific function or keystroke.  There is an Egg inside the Android 4.3 operating system when you go to Settings and to About tablet and repeatedly tap the Android version notification.  There is an Easter Egg built into the Google search engine.  By searching for it, you can see what the search engine looked like when it first began in 1998.

=== HuMoR ===
I’ve really been working out, lately. Soon I’ll be able to touch my toes. Well, as soon as my fingernails grow another 24 inches or so…
(thanks, Mark)
To treat my bronchitis, the doctor pulled out his prescription pad.
“This is for Zithromax,” he said as he wrote, then muttered, “Mypenzadyne.”
I was familiar with the antibiotic Zithromax but not the other drug.
I asked, “What’s Mypenzadyne?”
He looked confused for a second then enunciated slowly. “My pen is dying.”
(thanks, Rob)
Have a great weekend friends, and until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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