Jim’s WebLetter for 5/17/14


The Federal Communications Commission this week has decided to step into the issue of Net Neutrality and is working toward deciding if you and I can have our internet the way we want it. After all, the internet wasn’t created to be controlled by a few companies. It was made for communication worldwide. The Web, which is a part of the internet was made so you and I could build places, send and receive messages and generally provide information to anyone who had questions. Giant corporations saw it as a means of making huge sums of money and want everyone to pay them for the privilege of logging on. What’s more, they want the freedom to decide who can have more bandwidth and faster speeds than others, for a fee. So the government in its infinite wisdom has decided to weigh in and decide who gets what. Needless to say, there will be a lot of discussion and political wrangling within the process before a decision is reached. And that decision could be overturned by some judge in an appeals court. So, there will come a time when the FCC will ask us what we think. If you get a chance, tell them … Keep your hands off our internet and tell the corporations to find another means for making money. We deserve the fastest speeds and not have to pay gobs of money for it. http://readwrite.com/2014/05/12/net-neutrality-paid-prioritization-fcc-tom-wheeler#awesm=~oErrfkLdElodHX

Recently, Google and Facebook announced they pulled down as many as 4,000 suspicious advertiser accounts linked to more than 2,400 tech support websites. Here’s why that’s important: Fake tech support firms are ripping off victims who believe they are talking to tech support representatives from legitimate companies. The authorities in both the US and UK have prosecuted some individuals behind the scams, but this type of fraud has been rampant and law enforcement has been lacking. Teaming up with AOL, Twitter and Yahoo, the new coalition offers tools on the new website, TrustInAds.org, to report bad ads to the coalition member companies, who go after the crooks behind phony tech support ads. Being secure on the Web is everyone’s job. http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/05/14/google-and-facebook-join-forces-to-take-down-fake-tech-support-scammers/

Over 10 years, workers have been building the 9/11 Memorial in New York. Now that it’s complete and open, a video has been created of the photos that recorded the work involved. Time magazine online has the story and embedded the video in their site …

Finally this week, one language school in Brazil is using the internet to connect students with seniors in America for the purpose of learning. For the students learning English, it’s a great way to exercise their skills. For seniors in one retirement home, it gives them an opportunity to feel wanted and needed and to meet a new friend, all while helping the student with their new language. http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/perfect-match-brazilian-kids-learn-english-video-chatting-lonely-elderly-americans-157523

Lots more happening on the Web … View some of the stories in the latest issue of WebLetter, the online companion magazine … http://web.jimonline.com

There was a nervous man whose imagination afflicted him with all kinds of ills which never seemed to materialize.
One afternoon he staggered into the house. He was bent forward, and tottering to a chair, and still curled into a half-moon shape, dropped into it.
“Honey,” he gasped, “it’s come at last. There was no warning. All of a sudden I found that I couldn’t straighten up and couldn’t lift my head.”
When the doctor arrived and looked over the patient, the wife inquired, “Is there any hope?”
“Well,” the doctor said, “it will help a good deal if he can unhitch the third buttonhole of his vest from the top button of his trousers.”
(Thanks, Russ)
I don’t think I’ll ever have a mother’s intuition. My sister left me alone in a restaurant with my 10-month old nephew.
I said, “What do I do if he cries?”
She said, “Give him some vegetables.”
It turns out that jalapeno is not his favorite.
(Thanks, Rosie)
That’s what I have for you this week. Have a great weekend friends, and until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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