Jim’s WebLetter for 12/7/13

Hi-ya Friends!

Hope your Christmas shopping is going fine.  Seems that this year, the term “50% is the new 25%” applies with many stores trying harder to earn your dollar with deeper discounts.

Here are some things I came across to report this week …

A report revealed several social networks were hacked with passwords stolen.  Those attacked were Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo, Twitter and payroll giant, ADP.  CNN covered the story and adds advice to protect yourself if you have an account with any of them. http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/04/technology/security/passwords-stolen

Want to view fine art without traveling to the museum displaying it?  The Google Art Project brings the world of fine art and museum treasures to your browser, with new collections launched all the time.  Since it was first launched, the online presence has grown and continues to improve how it displays works of art.  Now you can explore galleries curated by other users or create your own collection and share it with friends and family.  http://www.googleartproject.com/

As a Gmail user since it’s inception, the one thing I have always wanted to do is download and save emails, or move them in bulk to another source for storage.  After all, in the course of a year, I can have thousands of emails in Gmail at a time when Google advertised the idea that its users would never have to delete an email because there would always be enough storage space.  Even when they were continually adding space (you could watch the little ticker moving upward), it didn’t change the fact that you had emails that were only classified by the date received and they add up over the years.  Now, Google has announced the ability to back up your emails and calendars, or just export a file to your hard drive.  http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/12/05/google-now-lets-export-copy-gmail-google-calendar-data/

To check your internet speed, Speedtest.net is probably the best site on the internet, but how does your speed stack up?  TestMy.net is useful if you think you’re experiencing a connection slow down or want to see how your Internet is performing.  But this isn’t like any other broadband speed test. TestMy’s proprietary method is proven to help identify issues other speed tests fail to detect. The TMN Speed Test shows your true speed.  Then it compares your speed with the typical speed in your area.  This website offers a lot of extras to analyze your connection.  It’s worth a bookmark.  http://testmy.net

While reading the Florida Times Union on my iPad this morning, I came across a story about a website for DIY women called SeeJaneDrill.com which has helps for doing all sorts of projects around the house.  What was really interesting to me is most all the how-to pages featured videos from YouTube, which just fortifies what I’ve said all along … If you want to learn anything, first check YouTube.  The SeeJaneDrill website is a good bookmark for anyone wanting to save some money and don’t mind getting their hands a little dirty.  http://www.seejanedrill.com

===HuMoR===
A real-estate agent was driving around with a new trainee when she spotted a charming little farmhouse with a hand-lettered “For Sale” sign out front.
After briskly introducing herself and her associate to the startled occupant, the agent cruised from room to room, opening closets and cupboards, testing faucets, and pointing out where a “new light fixture here and a little paint there” would help.
Pleased with her assertiveness, the woman was hopeful that the owner would offer her the listing.
“Ma’am,” the man said, “I appreciate the home-improvement tips and all, but I think you read my sign wrong. It says, ‘HORSE for sale.'”
(Thanks, Mary)
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… from the local newspaper …

2012 Suzuki GSXR 1000, $9,000
This bike is perfect! It has only 1,000 miles and has had its 500 mile dealer service.
It’s been adult ridden, all wheels have always been on the ground. I use it as a cruiser/commuter. I’m selling it because it was purchased without proper consent of a loving wife. Apparently “Do whatever you want” doesn’t mean what I thought. Call Steve. 555-1212
(Thanks JT)
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I would be remiss if I were not to say something about today’s date.  This is the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which began our involvement in World War II.  It is our job as US citizens to remember and to pass down to the next generation the importance of remembering that Freedom isn’t Free.  It comes with a cost and we need to be ready to pay the price when it is necessary.  It’s why millions like me served and are serving in our nation’s armed forces.  To those who fought in that Great War, we salute you today.

Have a great weekend friends … and may God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim
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