Jim’s WebLetter for 10/19/13

Hi-ya friends!

This week Google informed its users that they may be used in advertising that Google makes its billions from.  My first reaction was, “fine, and what’s my cut for advertising your products”?  Something has always bothered me about name brands being shown in plain view on clothing and you pay for the privilege of wearing it.  To me, if I am wearing your brand, I should be compensated for it.  Google doesn’t see it that way.  Most big named companies don’t see it that way.  But Google doesn’t charge for the use of their programs like Gmail, Google + and Google Drive, so advertising is essential to pay for their cost.  But using your face and name in their ads?  Not feeling it.  So if you think like me, this brief article from Wired magazine tells you how to opt out. http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/10/opt-out-google-ads/

Despite the update Apple released to fix its security issue with their newest operating system, IOS 7, I am reluctant to upgrade my iPad … especially after reading the USA Today article “Apple loses some of its magic touch with iOS 7” (http://usat.ly/1gnDQlP). If you made the jump with your own iPhone or iPad device and you’re still having some issues, Gigaom has an article for you to read with helpful hints … http://gigaom.com/2013/10/17/still-having-problems-with-ios-7-try-one-of-these-reset-options/

This week Microsoft released the update to Windows 8 and gave its users lots of new and improved features that smooth out some of the issues that plagued them with the original system.  http://mashable.com/2013/10/17/windows-8-1-best-features/

David Pogue of the New York Times gives us a brief (two minutes) look and his take on the updated Windows operating system … http://www.nytimes.com/video/technology/personaltech/100000002502905/120-seconds-with-pogue-windows-81.html

Full Screen Mario has converted the beloved adventures of Mario and Luigi so you can save the Princess straight from your computer browser. The game covers all the levels found in the original game and features the addictive MIDIs we know and love. Players can also design their own levels for an added twist.  http://www.fullscreenmario.com/

=== HuMoR ===
My sister has the courage, but not always the skills, to tackle any home repair project.
For example, in her garage are pieces of a lawn mower she once tried to fix. So I wasn’t surprised the day I found her attacking the vacuum cleaner with a screwdriver.
“I can’t get this thing to cooperate,” she explained when she saw me.
I suggested, “Why don’t you drag it out to the garage and show it the lawn mower?”
(thanks, John)
Have a great weekend friends, and until next, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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