Jim’s WebLetter for 10/5/13

Hi-ya Webfolks!

It’s the first weekend in October and we’re only weeks away from Christmas.  How time flies when you’re writing about technology!  Check out this week’s glimpse into the tech window.

The first Tuesday of each month is known to Microsoft computer users as “Patch Tuesday” because it is typically when Windows programs get updates or fixes to problems users have had using them.  This Tuesday is no different as the notifications and downloads will include a few issues the new Windows 8 operating system.  What will be missing is a patch to fix the newest flaw in the Interent Explorer browser.  http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2013/10/03/despite-ie-exploit-code-in-the-wild-microsoft-wont-release-emergency-fix-before-this-months-patch-tuesday/

The whole premise of computer technology was to help make our lives simpler yet more productive.  Funny how it’s made us busier in most cases, but there is the question of being more productive.  For those of us who long to be more productive, the infographic  chart shown in the following story may reveal some useful tips … http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/35-secrets-to-being-productive/

If you are among the crowd who couldn’t resist and upgraded your iPhone or iPad to the new operating system, IOS 7, know that a third revision is expected as early as this next week which should fix the iMessage issue.  Several folks have remarked that they can send but not receive, or it just doesn’t work at all.  Hopefully the newest  upgrade will address that.  There are, however, a number of improvements and hidden features to this new Apple system.  Mashable’s Samantha Murphy Kelly lists them in detail in this article … http://mashable.com/2013/10/02/ios-7-hidden-features

The thing is, the upgrade is creating problems for some schools that use iPad as an instructional tool.  Where IOS 7 provided a security lock keeping the young user focused on schoolwork, the upgrade in IOS 7 removed that feature.  So what’s a school to do?  Downgrade back to IOS 6.  http://mashable.com/2013/10/03/ios-7-schools-unsupervised/

=== HuMoR ===
Our 14-year-old grandson has always loved our house. During one visit, he remarked about it again.
“You know.” I said, “when Granddad and I are gone your dad will inherit this house. Maybe, when you’re older, you’ll live here yourself.”   
“Oh, Grandma,” he said, looking around the living room, “that would be great! And I wouldn’t change a thing.”
I was feeling quite smug about my decor until he added, “I mean, look at this stuff! It’s just like they had on the Titanic!”
(thanks, Robert)
A grasshopper walks into a bar and the bartender says, ‘Hey, we have a drink named after you!’
The grasshopper looks surprised and says, ‘You have a drink named Steve?’
(thanks, Kim)
That’s just a part of the many tech stories I ran across this week.  Thanks for your time.  Have a great weekend, friends.  May God bless you and keep you safe.

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