Jim’s WebLetter for 11/16/13

Hi-ya Webfriends!

Here’s a story that could only be considered as something happening in the 21st century.  A young guy creates a hit series, shoots it and puts it up on YouTube which is seen by millions, and it becomes so popular a television network buys it.  The guy is Shane Dawson and his story and video is here … http://mashable.com/2013/11/14/shane-dawson-nbc-sitcom/

It leads me to talk about a new device on my living room TV.  Google released a small dongle known as the Chromecast which fits into a HDMI port on the television and through your wifi system pulls in videos you want to watch from places like YouTube and Netflix.  Download the free app for either Android or IOS and program your television.  http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/chromecast/#netflix

As long as I’m talking about devices, I should include a piece I came across from Kim Komando, the queen of Internet computing.  When asked for a way to test the security of a computer, she mentioned using the free Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer. ( http://download.cnet.com/Microsoft-Baseline-Security-Analyzer/3000-2086_4-10105019.html ). It tells you if your system is up to date, if your passwords are weak, or if there are any settings that might leave you open to attack. Then run the Mozilla Plugin checker in every browser you use. You’ll be able to update any outdated plugins that might give hackers remote access to your system.  http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/plugincheck/

If you own an iPad or iPhone and you haven’t installed the newest version of Google Search, you need to read the following article.  Google Search for IOS has caught up, and in some instances, passed the Google search for Android.  Activate the app by touch and say ,OK Google, and it springs into action.  You can keep your schedules up to date, search for answers to questions, get weather info and open other apps on your device … just to name some highlights.  Must-have!  http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57610916-93/google-search-ios-app-now-offers-hands-free-voice-search/

With Christmas coming, the tech buyer is looking for something that would be the cool thing to give.  You can drop by CNET.com for ideas (http://reviews.cnet.com/holiday-gift-guide/under-50/2300-35255_7-10018584-3.html), but here’s something to get for the little ones that makes it fun and easy to communicate.  It’s called Toymail which looks to be something that is the right product at a good price point.  Check out the write up and don’t miss watching the video.  http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/15/toymail/

=== HuMoR ===
Found on Facebook:
Sign Read, “I was addicted to the hokey-pokey, but I turned myself around”.
The California State Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers, hunters, fishermen and golfers to take extra precautions and keep alert for bears while in the Yosemite and Mammoth areas.      
      They advise people to wear noise-producing devices such as little bells on their clothing to alert but not startle the bear unexpectedly. They also advise carrying pepper spray in case of an encounter with a bear.
       It is also a good idea to watch for fresh signs of bear activity and know the difference between black bear and grizzly bear droppings.
       Black bear droppings are smaller and contain berries and possibly squirrel fur. Grizzly bear droppings have little bells in them and smell like pepper spray.
(thanks, Frank)
Have a great weekend friends, and until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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