Jim’s WebLetter for 11/23/13

Hi-ya Folks!

It’s the season for shopping for gifts, both for others and for yourself.  Keep in mind that some people are shopping for your purchases, as well.  Security for your tech hardware is more important now than ever before.   If you just picked up the new iPad Air, here are a few critical things that you should do right now to keep your new gadget safe and your privacy protected.  http://www.zdnet.com/six-things-every-new-ipad-or-iphone-owner-should-do-immediately-7000009242/

Sad to report this week that AOL has decided to end Winamp.  OK, so maybe you don’t know about this App that has been around for years and used on Windows, Android and IOS devices for audio listening and format conversion.  It also contains Shoutcast which is a platform used by some radio stations to broadcast their signal on the World Wide Web.  http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/11/20/winamp_the_death_of_the_iconic_mp3_player_says_a_lot_about_the_tech_world.html
The thing is, this is still a very viable and useful App and once tried, becomes part of the go-to programs on your computer.  So AOL is pulling the plug in an effort to save money, or whatever … But wait!  There may be life in the Audio App after all, as it looks like Microsoft is talking about buying it. http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/21/source-microsoft-in-talks-to-buy-shoutcast-and-winamp-from-aol/

My son, Greg shared a web link with me this week that was rather fascinating.  Seems a campaign called Rock Heaven has teamed with other media types to create portraitures of some of the legends who have passed away.  John Lennon, Elvis, and a few others are rendered to what is imagined they would look like now.  As the story suggests, Lennon does look a bit like a college professor …

Lifehacker.com has published an article on the effects music has on the brain.   While it was William Congreve who wrote in 1697, “music hath charms to soothe the savage breast”, we are also discovering other things it can do.   In this detailed and interesting story,  Belle Beth Cooper gives some of the latest studies on music, it’s tempo for exercising and how it influences us by mood and style. 

Because our new refrigerator was taller than our old one, I told my wife I’d have to cut away part of an overhanging cabinet to make it fit.
Not wanting to mess it up, I called a local radio home-fix-it program for advice. I was in the middle of getting the instructions when my wife burst into the room.
“You won’t believe this,” she said, “But there’s a guy on the radio with the same problem!”
(Thanks, Tim)
I had just about decided to buy the television set whose attributes the young salesman had been extolling.
He concluded by saying it carried only a one-year warranty but that I could buy a five-year warranty at an additional cost.
I won’t buy anything that doesn’t carry a five-year warranty and so turned to leave.
The salesman asked me to please stay while he consulted with his boss. “By the way,” he continued, “may I ask your age?”
“Eighty-three,” I replied.
He returned a moment later smiling. “We’ll give you a lifetime warranty.”
(Thanks, Mike)
Have a great weekend friends, and until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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