Jim’s WebLetter for 11/9/13

Hi-ya friends!

In dedication to Veterans Day Monday, I saw a story about a database that’s been created for finding veterans of American conflicts and wars.  Called The Honor Wall, it claims to have in excess of 400 million files.  Try searching the database for family members and friends of the past who served.  Sign up and add your family if you don’t readily find them.  The site says it’s working to add more members. Once on the Fold3 site, click on the Honor Wall link … http://www.fold3.com

What else did I come across this week on the Web?

Released this week, the IOS version of Google Now has a new feature that allows you to speak your requests without the use of hand jestures or finger touching.  Just address the microphone with “Hey Google” and it wakes up to listen and respond to your question – just like you can do with Android devices.  http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57610916-93/google-search-ios-app-now-offers-hands-free-voice-search/

Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox web browser, has created a new add-on that let’s you see who’s tracking you as you surf the wide wonderful world of the web.  Lightbeam shows a unique layout in the corner of your screen as you click from place to place.  Fascinating.  http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/mozilla-introduces-lightbeam-to-help-users-visualize-how-they-are-tracked/

After waiting until Apple fixed some of the issues in their new operating system, IOS 7, I opted to install IOS 7.0.3 on my iPad 3.  Now using it for two weeks, I have noticed the tablet is sluggish in some aspects including using QuickOffice to write this WebLetter.  Other than that, the tablet actually works quite well.  I changed the setting to allow fading instead of the “swoosh” effect when leaving or bringing up an App. But I am not real keen on the Control Panel.  Sometimes you have to place your finger in just the right spot to lift it up from the bottom and, it’s so plain and unexciting.  Flat icons might be the thing right now, but I promise you the fad won’t last.

I would also like to bring the icons on the screen closer together.  I use folders to drop them in and classify them to make them easier to find rather than scrolling panels side to side to find them, and when you open a folder, it doesn’t include all your apps on one page … you have to scroll to the side in the folder to find the other apps.  Not what I call an improvement.  And I’ve noticed the battery life isn’t what it used to be.

There are a number of pluses to the IOS however, like the App Store and the ability to swipe to another App while keeping the one open you’re working in.  But with my 9.7 inch screen, I would like to split the screen into two so I could research on one side while writing on the other.  Currently only Samsung offers that on their phones (like my Galaxy S3) and tablets. 

As I have said in the past, with Apple, it’s all about the Apps, and many of the applications I use have been upgraded with the new system.  That is a definite plus with such notables as Breaking News, Flipboard and News 360.  Also notable is the new flavor of GarageBand and iPhoto with new features and smoother interfaces.

In the final analysis, including all the other bells and whistles of IOS 7, I have to say this is better, but not the best it can be.  So, Apple, what else you got?

=== HuMoR ===
SIGNS POSTED – CAN YOU BELIEVE IT SAYS THAT?

In a Safari Zoo:
ELEPHANTS, PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR    

Seen during a conference: 
FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN’T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE 1S FLOOR   

Notice in a farmer’s field: 
THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL   CHARGES.

In an office: 
WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN 

In an office: 
AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD   

Outside a secondhand shop: 
WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING – BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN? 
(thanks, dad)
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Have a great weekend friends, may God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim
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