Jim’s WebLetter for 2/7/15


It’s the weekend and time to look back at a week of tech in this weekend’s WebLetter including the new release of Raspberry Pi, a data breach of a well known insurer, and Apple joins the list of tech companies getting into the TV business.

This time it’s the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, the little motherboard that could, and it has six times the processor and four times the RAM of the first Pi but still in the same size as the original.  What’s more, because of the extensive work with Microsoft, this model can install and run the Windows 10 operating system once it’s released.  Now imagine a computer you can fit in your hand with attachments for screen, mouse and keyboard, running on very little power, and for very little cash to purchase … just $35.  All from a company run by a Brit who wanted a way to teach kids how to construct and operate computers.  http://www.raspberrypi-spy.co.uk/2015/02/introducing-the-raspberry-pi-2-model-b/

How secure is your private information?  Well, we discovered this week that your insurance company isn’t doing a very good job of protecting that information as Anthem, the second largest insurer in America had a data breach on about 80 million of us.  This from a company that Gould have learned after the last breach they had back in 2013 which covers Blue Cross amount others.  So, let’s take score here … a company that SHOULD be protecting our private information, who has ALREADY had a breach and was fined by the U.S. Government for being lax in protecting that data.  And they get hit again.  Sounds like another investigation is warranted.  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/06/business/experts-suspect-lax-security-left-anthem-vulnerable-to-hackers.html?ref=technology&_r=0

Also this week, Apple announced it is looking to create its own TV system … like Dish’s Sling TV and Amazon and Google are all working on.  Maybe the difference in all these negotiations is Apple, with all its billions, is going directly to content producers instead of dealing with distributors.  The result is a future where we watch our favorite TV shows via the web-based system and on mobile apps rather than cable.  Where some of this is already going on, the majority of viewers in America haven’t yet “cut the cord”, and companies like Comcast are fighting to keep it that way.  http://uk.businessinsider.com/apple-web-tv-service-2015-2

And speaking of Dish Sling TV, they just announced a deal to bring sports to their online network.  Gigaom reported Sports fans who pay a little extra on top of their $20 base subscription for Sling TV will have access to the SEC Network, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, Univision Deportes, Universal Sports and beIN Sports.  https://gigaom.com/2015/02/06/sling-tv-reveals-plans-for-sports-package-hints-at-nbc-deal/

Fresh from a visit to the dentist, I decided to stop at my bank.
Barely able to enunciate, I told the teller, “I’m sorry about not speaking more clearly. I’ve just had novocaine.”
“You should have used the drive-through,” she said.
“Everyone who goes through, sounds like that,” she explained.
(Thanks, Rob)
During the year that my husband was undergoing expensive dental reconstruction, he got to know everyone in the dentist’s office.
A couple of staffers teased him about his garbled speech after he got a mouth-numbing anesthetic.
He replied, “Well, it’s hard to talk with $27,000 in your mouth.”
(Thanks, Kay)
Have a great weekend friends and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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