Jim’s WebLetter for 7/19/14

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Hi-ya! Hope you had a good week.

This week, the FCC has been receiving feedback to the net neutrality bill being fashioned. I don’t think they were expecting the hundreds of thousands of responses, enough that it crashed the site, from concerned citizens. The deadline for the first round of comments they were to receive was Tuesday, but was extended to Friday. A second period for so-called reply comments will run until Sept. 10th … http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/18/us-usa-internet-neutrality-idUSKBN0FN23720140718

Also this week, Microsoft announced layoffs from its Nokia division. After buying the phone maker, it was no surprise that MS forces swelled to more than 127,000 worldwide. That’s a lot of people to pay, so as most corporations do, there will be layoffs. Latest report, some 18,000. I remember being a part of a buyout where the stations I worked for were added to a larger broadcast company. They told us there wouldn’t be any terminations. Remember this, if they say there won’t be changes, it means there will be changes and I can imagine Nokia was told the same thing when the deal was struck with Microsoft. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/jul14/07-17pressrelease.aspx

Maybe you tire of hearing about hackers invading personal accounts and stealing everything in sight, so to speak. But Google hasn’t. Just this week, they announced a team has been created with one goal in mind … Improving security across the internet. Dubbed “Project Zero” this team of researchers will be working to shore up deficiencies in our systems and tightening the screws on those who break in. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/10970218/Google-wages-war-against-hackers.html

This week Google also made it possible for iPhone and iPad users to put content on Chromecast. After last week’s inclusion for Android, Google updated their Chrome browser for IOS devices. Now anything you bring up on your device can be displayed on the TV. http://gigaom.com/2014/07/16/chrome-for-ios-just-got-chromecast-support/

Shouldiremoveit is a very simple but extremely powerful Windows application that helps users, both technical and non technical, decide what programs they should remove from their PC. Every PC comes with some form of bloatware. Most of which is harmless, but if left without updates, can become a problem. This site lists forms of programs you can likely do without. Just follow instructions online and help your computer to a better life … http://www.shouldiremoveit.com/

Tablets are getting better for home and business computing and for teaching aids. Get more in this weeks’ issue of iTab, for tablets and their owners. http://iTab.jimonline.com

A soldier was asked to report to headquarters for assignment.
The sergeant said: “We have a critical shortage of typists. I’ll give you a little test. Type this,” he ordered, giving him a pamphlet to copy and a sheet of paper, and pointing to a desk across the room that held a typewriter and an adding machine.
The soldier, quite reluctant to become a clerk typist, made a point of typing very slowly, and saw to it that his work contained as many errors as possible.
The sergeant gave the typed copy only a brief glance.
“That’s fine,” he said; “Report for work at 8 a.m. tomorrow.”
“But aren’t you going to check the test?” the dismayed soldier asked.
The sergeant grinned. “You passed the test,” he replied, “when you sat down at the typewriter instead of the adding machine.”
(Thanks, dad)
One day the zoo-keeper noticed that the monkey was reading two books – the Bible and Darwin’s The Origin of Species. In surprise he asked the ape, “Why are you reading both those books”?
“Well,” said the monkey, “I just wanted to know if I was my brother’s keeper or my keeper’s brother.”
(Thanks, Chet)
Have a great weekend. May God bless you and keep you safe.

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