Jim’s WebLetter for 8/9/14

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Hi-ya friends!

This week, I came across a number of articles about email.  I even read one about how email is going away someday, soon … hard to believe of course, because we use email for everything nowadays.  So one of the stories I found this week was an article from The Muse with a list of email helps and how to’s.  https://www.themuse.com/advice/31-ways-to-make-email-suck-less
Much of these on the list are based on using Gmail, which made the news recently after a report of a Gmail user being arrested for sending child pornography.  It seems that Google scans and monitors users’ email (by the way, so does Yahoo and Microsoft).  http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/06/why-the-gmail-scan-that-led-to-a-mans-arrest-for-child-porn-was-not-a-privacy-violation/

An article from The Economic Times told of Yahoo teaming up with Google to create a spy-free system for email.  As the report printed, “The move comes as large technology companies unite to beef up their defenses against government intrusion and hacking, most notably after Edward Snowden exposed last year the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs”.  http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/39866455.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

If you’re like me, you get annoying email that fills up the inbox, and when you attempt to unsubscribe, you deal with questionnaires and hassles.  Well, Google has heard the complaints and will move the unsubscribe button to the top of the message in Gmail to make it easier to unsubscribe.   The image used in the story from Mashable shows where the unsubscribe link will be located.  http://mashable.com/2014/08/06/gmail-moves-unsubscribe/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=

It seems to happen to everyone at least once in your life … Your email is used by someone else to send spam messages to all your friends.  It’s annoying, and can be embarrassing.  CNET has an excellent article in slideshow form of what to do if you’re email gets hacked and how to prevent it from happening again.  You might want to read it now before it happens to you.   http://www.cnet.com/pictures/email-hacked-heres-what-to-do/2/

Finally this week, if you would like to change your email to another service, there are plenty of free ones available.  Rated and tested, about.com has a list for you to check out on their website.  A brief synopsis of each describes strengths and weaknesses.  http://email.about.com/od/freeemailreviews/tp/free_email.htm

A man goes into a bar very thirsty. He sits down waiting for the bartender to see him. The man next to him calls for the bartender saying, “I’ll have another Waterloo.”
The bartender gives him a tall ice cold drink, then asks the newcomer what he would like to drink. Wanting to try this new drink he says, “I’ll have a Waterloo, too.”
The bartender gives him a tall ice-cold drink. He takes a big drink and says, “HEY! This isn’t any good. It tastes just like water!”
The man next to him looks at the bartender and says, “Well, it is water … right, Lou?”
(Thanks, Doc)
A couple in their nineties are both having problems remembering things. During a checkup, the doctor tells them that they’re physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember.
Later that night, while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair. “Want anything while I’m in the kitchen?” he asks.
“Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?”
“Don’t you think you should write it down so you can remember it?” she asks.
“No, I can remember it.”
“Well, I’d like some strawberries on top, too. Maybe you should write it down, so as not to forget it?”
He says, “I can remember that. You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.”
“I’d also like whipped cream. I’m certain you’ll forget that, write it down?” she asks.
Irritated, he says, “I don’t need to write it down, I can remember it! Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream – I got it, for goodness sake!”
Then he toddles into the kitchen. After about 20 minutes, The old man returns from the kitchen and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs.. She stares at the plate for a moment.
“Where’s my toast?”
(Thanks, Matt)
Have a great weekend friends, and until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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