Jim’s WebLetter for 3/21/15


The latest reports say Windows 10 is coming out this summer.  Microsoft has several new features for the new operating system including the ability to run it on many systems like phones, computers and even the second generation of the little Raspberry Pi.  There will also be a correlation between it’s personal assistant, Cortana and the browser replacing Internet Explorer.  As is being reported everywhere and on such broadcasters as NPR (thank you for the heads up, Richard), Spartan, the browser by a new name will feature more security and faster search results.  http://www.neowin.net/news/hands-on-with-microsofts-new-browser-spartan

So Windows 10 is being uniquely designed to fit in Microsoft phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, and … with what we know now, other brand devices.  Microsoft has been working hard to create apps to run on Apple and Android devices, wouldn’t it fit that they want it to run on everything?  Is that possible?  Would the other device owners be accepting of it?  Tina Seiber of MakeUseOf wrote a report detailing how it can work on different devices. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/new-ecosystem-windows-10-will-conquer-devices/

Yahoo has had it’s ups and mostly downs since their CEO Marissa Mayer took over, but lately they’ve made strides to pull the company back up and into the plus column.  Firefox search engine agreed to making them the go-to search device when using the browser, their news gathering and regular updating has really improved, and now, as Fast Company reported recently, they are using images from Flickr to beautify the browser tabs that are left open.  It’s kinda like the same idea Microsoft’s Bing search engine does when you visit their front page.  But you have to see this to understand the emphasis …  http://www.fastcodesign.com/3044054/yahoo-fills-your-empty-browser-tabs-with-flickrs-most-beautiful-photographs?partner=rss

Last this week, I came across a story on BBC about a TED Talk done recently by Monica Lewinsky.  Those in their 40’s and older will remember the name as she was the White House intern who, as she said, “fell in love with her boss”, (then President Bill Clinton) which resulted in him being impeached for lying about the affair and sex.  What happened to her, however was far worse.  In her speech, she talks about cyber-bullying and what the Internet world needs to do to stop it by relating to the life she led following the whole ordeal which was known as the first story to be broken on the Web.  Interesting that the former president seemed to have landed on his feet OK, while she almost died.  The BBC story includes important info about cyber bullying and an embedded link to her video which I believe is worth your view … http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31976567

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My wife still uses curlers in her hair after she washes it. 
The other night she came into the Family Room as I was watching TV. 
I guess I stared at her funny because she said, “I just set my hair.” 
The last thing I remember saying was, “Oh, really? And what time does it go off?”
(Thanks, Tim)
A high-school geometry teacher started a lesson on triangles by reading a theorem. “If an angle is an exterior angle of a triangle, then its measure is greater than the measure of either of its corresponding remote interior angles.” 
He noticed that one student wasn’t taking notes and asked him why. 
“Well,” the student replied sincerely, “I was waiting for you to start speaking English.”
(Thanks, Larry)
And that’s this week’s WebLetter, friends and neighbors.  Have a great weekend, and until next,  may God bless you and keep you safe.

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