Jim’s WebLetter for 8/1/15

Hi-ya Folks!

It’s the weekend already? Yep and that means a wrap up of things I found on the Web this week.  

This story is for Apple iPhone and iPad users who have heard or received the notification that the new operating system, IOS 9, is ready for downloading and installing. Remember when IOS 8 came out? As soon as it was released, some users reported that there were issues with the system that slowed their devices, caused batteries to drain faster and some apps would crash when users attempted to load them. Soon after, updates came out faster than the speed of your router as Apple tried to resolve the ever increasing level of complaints. Now at 8.4, it seems the majority of issues caused by the first “8” has been fixed. So here comes a new round of who-knows-what in the new release. I think this time I’m going to wait it out before getting an update. http://news360.com/article/303928290

Not to be outdone, Microsoft began releasing Windows 10 this week. Instead of one massive download on the Windows collective, Microsoft decided to give their newest operating system to those who signed up to receive and experiment with it first. I think this was a good idea seeing how they are the ones who have had to fix releases over time more than anyone else. I mean, does anyone remember Windows Me? That was never a good idea. Then going back further into computing history, there was Windows 95 with the faulty software reader and just about every release before and after with one thing and another. There are those today who still believe the best thing MS ever released was Windows XP. http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2335964/malwarebytes-offers-windows-xp-security-support-before-microsofts-april-deadline

So Windows 10 is being released and there are stories flying all over the Internet about it, the pros and cons, and what to expect. I have packed a number of those stories into the WebLetter Magazine so you can read and click to get more information. http://web.jimonline.com

As I mentioned in last week’s JWL, shopping habits have been changing over the years as more people opt for the convenience of online shopping over physically purchasing at brick and mortar stores. In a report released this week, it seem the number of online shoppers is growing for online stores over stores that have websites. Case in point, Amazon has made more shoppers fans of their website than any UK outlet. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11773421/Internet-only-stores-to-overtake-retail-giants-online-sales-this-year.html

Finally this week, years ago there was an online virtual reality space called Second Life. In it, you could create your own Avatar and move through different worlds interacting with other Avatars in a social media form. Typing, then later speaking in computer microphones to enhance media connections. Building places, advertising, flying, and just hanging out were the things of choice in Second Life. Well, guess what … It hasn’t died, it has thrived. As computers became more powerful, internet connections became faster and software has become more sophisticated, SL has improved. For the past year, San Francisco-based Linden Lab, the maker of Second Life has been hiring on a long-awaited follow-up to Second Life, currently codenamed Project Sansar. Not much more is being said about the virtual upgrade, but you can be sure that as social media continues to improve and grow among its users, there will be more interest in a virtual world with enhanced abilities and global connections. http://recode.net/2015/07/31/in-the-shadow-of-second-life-virtual-reality-startups-say-this-time-itll-work-really/


When my husband, James Rowles, was in the seminary, he was invited to preach at a small rural church. However, the man who was to introduce him to the congregation had trouble pronouncing his name. So James offered this verbal clue: “Remember rolls, like hot buttered rolls.”

It worked. When it came time for the introduction, the man announced, “We are pleased to have with us the Reverend James Biscuits.”

(Thanks, Ruth)


A man with a huge grin approaches a priest.

“Bless me, Father, for I have sinned,” he says. “I’ve spent the week with seven beautiful women.”

“Do not fret, my son,” says the priest. “All you need to do is take seven lemons, squeeze the juice into a glass, and drink the juice.”

“Will that cleanse my sin from me?”

“No, but it’ll wipe that stupid smile off your face.”

(Thanks, Reggie)


Have a great weekend friends, and until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.


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