Jim’s WebLetter for 3/15/14

Hi-ya and Welcome back!

I have Net-scoops and Web-stuff for you to take in this week. It may be more stuff than scoop, but you decide.

Years ago, Garth Brooks had a hit song called, Low Places, in which he sang, “I’ve got friends in low places …”. We’ll, it seems Mark Zuckerburg has friends in high places as it was reported this week, by him on his Facebook page, that he called President Obama to voice his concern over the fact that a report was released of the NSA using Facebook to infiltrate Facebook users computers for the purpose of spying. Here is the blog … https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10101301165605491. Somebody’s not happy.

Seems the government has been spying on certain members of Congress as well, as Congresswoman Diane Feinstein has called for an investigation into the CIA who is allegedly responsible. I have just one thing to say on that. It wasn’t a big deal to her that her constituents were being spied on, according to Edward Snowden, the exiled IT guy. But now that the shoe is on the other foot, so to speak, it’s a big deal. And that’s all I have to say about that. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/11/feinstein-accuses-cia-intimidation-torture-report. Someone else, not happy.

It’s becoming a tablet world. More tablets will be sold than PCs by the end of the year, certainly next year. I find myself using a tablet much more for Website updates, writing this WebLetter and reading and researching, because it’s just easier. It’s more mobile and the screen format (10 inch screen on my iPad, 7 inch on my Nexus) makes it big enough to view videos and other content yet small and lightweight enough to carry it everywhere. It’s one reason why I created iTab Magazine, an online publication with stories and blogs about the tablet and for those who use one. If you’ve been thinking about getting one, check out the stories and reviews to help you make the right choice. http://iTab.jimonline.com/

This week I came across one of those “the-best-you-should-use-tools-for-whatever” type stories. You know, one ones that are researched by someone who has tried out these computer programs, apps or plugin type things that make using a program easier. In this case it is using Facebook. With a few exceptions, most everyone who reads this WebLetter has a Facebook account. You keep up with friends and family members, share photos and stories and generally scroll over the ever-updated list of contributions on the social site. The list I am talking of is from one of the most trusted websites I know … Lifehacker. It’s Six Downloads and Extensions to make Facebook Better. Yes, Facebook could be better than it is (for a number of reasons), and this list is a must read if you spend time on it. Pay particular attention to Ad-Block Plus. http://lifehacker.com/six-downloads-and-extensions-to-make-facebook-even-bett-1543639466

Finally this week, Apple released the newest version of their operating system for iPhone and iPad. IOS 7.1 has some new improvements that bear reporting. I like the new button system and Siri’s new voices to choose from. My favorite is the UK guy. But Siri still can’t compete with Google Now for research and response. Yes, you can open one of your apps just by asking, but I can do that with a tap of a finger. Macworld has a review of the good and bad of the new update for those who are using it. By the way, the Apple developers are working on an IOS 8, so this is just a step toward the right direction. http://www.macworld.com/article/2105786/ios-7-1-the-changes-we-love-and-the-ones-we-don-t.html

A man and his wife walked into a dentist’s office.
The man said to the dentist, “Doc, I’m in one heck of a hurry. I have two buddies sitting out in my car waiting for to play golf, so forget about the anesthetic, I don’t have time for the gums to get numb. I just want you to pull the tooth, and be done with it! We have a 10:00 AM tee time at the best golf course in town and it’s 9:30 already. Yank that tooth out, pronto!”
The dentist thought to himself, “My goodness, this is surely a very brave man asking to have his tooth pulled without using anything to kill the pain.”
So the dentist asks him, “Which tooth is it, sir?”
The man turned to his wife and said, “Open your mouth and show him, honey.”
(Thanks, dad)
A lady had been exposed to strep and needed to visit the doctor’s office just to have her throat swabbed for a culture. She sat in the waiting room for quite some time with her legs crossed, reading a magazine while other patients came and went.
Suddenly her turn was called, but when she stood up to go in, she discovered her leg was “asleep”. Not wanting to keep the nurse waiting, she limped and staggered toward the inner office door. She noticed one elderly lady nudging another who sat beside her, as the two of them sympathetically watched her painful progress.
Two minutes later, her procedure completed and her leg back to normal, she walked easily back into the waiting room. As she strode past the two elderly ladies, she overheard one whisper triumphantly to the other, “See, Myrtle, I TOLD you he was a wonderful doctor!”
(Thanks, Maury)
And that just some of what I saw this week on the Web. I have more stories of interest in my WebLetter Magazine. Take a look … http://web.jimonline.com Have a great weekend friends, and until the next one, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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