Jim’s WebLetter for 3/8/14

Hi-ya folks!
Riding around town this weekend, you know there’s something big happening.  A big tipoff is the number of classic cars sharing the road.   It’s the annual Amelia Island Concourse d’Elegance, known now simply as the “Amelia”.  The cars are the show, but there’s so much more going on including the auction and, what’s great for local charities, the fundraising.  Over the years, the generosity of the weekend’s activities has benefited such organizations as Community Hospice and Spina Bifida of Jacksonville.  Whether you are attending or just in town to watch the crowd, check their website for details.  https://www.ameliaconcours.org/


A lot has been written about Microsoft’s decision to discontinue full support of the XP system, despite the fact that a large number of companies still use it to power servers and computing systems.  The date for the rollback on service is April 8th.  That makes the announcement of the update being released next week even more important.   Patch Tuesday will include updates for XP along with a security fix for their Internet Explorer browser that has been needed since it was discovered the latest version had a flaw allows hackers to enter and steal your personal information.  The story about the patch is on http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/print/9246809/Microsoft_plans_to_patch_critical_under_attack_IE_bug_next_week


This week and much to my displeasure, it was announced that news aggregator Flipboard is buying Zite from CNN.  Why am I unhappy about that?  Because it’s like having two sources to find news you’re interested in, but now there’s only one.  That’s not to say there aren’t any other choices, it’s just those two are very good at what they do.  I just hope that Flipboard won’t diminish the power they have just acquired but use it to make themselves better.  http://readwrite.com/2014/03/05/flipboard-acquires-social-magazine-zite-from-cnn#awesm=~oxS4NxQevKaeXF


Maybe by now you’ve heard of the best time to book a flight on one of the leading carriers.  It’s true that there is a good time and a not so good time to buy a plane ticket and according to research from flights of last year, the average is 54 days out.  I mention this not because I’m planning a flight anytime soon, but in truth, I like flying over any other mode of long distance transportation.  I find that Southwest offers a better flight due to seating arrangements and free luggage transport.  But, I digress.  A story is found on the Cheap Air.  Get details at http://www.cheapair.com/blog/travel-tips/when-should-you-buy-your-airline-ticket-heres-what-our-data-has-to-say/


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I was scheduled to fly from North Carolina to Germany, where my husband was stationed in the military. As I checked in at the airport, the ticket agent asked me some standard security questions. “Has anyone given you any packages that you didn’t pack yourself?” he asked. 


I told him that my mother-in-law had given me a parcel to take to her son. He paused for a second, looked at me very carefully and asked: “Does she like you?”
(Thanks, Phil)


Deciding to take a day off from his important job, a young hot-shot broker went back to visit some of his professors at his old school. Entering the school yard, he saw a dog attacking a small child. He quickly jumped on the dog and strangled it. 


The next day, the local paper reported the story with the headline “Valiant Student Saves Boy From Fearsome Dog.” 
The broker called the editor of the paper and strongly suggested that a correction be issued, pointing out that he was no longer a student, but a successful Wall Street broker. 


The following day, the paper issued a correction, with a headline that read, “Pompous Stock Broker Kills School Mascot.”
(Thanks, Harold)
Have a great weekend here on the island, or wherever you are and until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.


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