Jim’s WebLetter for 12/6/14

Hi-ya Friends!

The AARP Bulletin newspaper that came in my Friday’s snail mail included a blurb about an upcoming AARP TEK program in Jacksonville. It’s two hours of instruction. Everyone attending will get hands-on experience with smartphone and tablet devices as well as a free touchscreen stylus pen and take-home guidebook. As they say in the ad, “This AARP event is FUN and FREE, but seating is limited”. There’s a number to call. If you’re in the Jacksonville area and would like to attend, click the link. http://www.aarp.org/states/fl/stateeventdetails.eventId=NA&stateCode=FL/

Earlier this week, Disney made the announcement it is rolling out learning apps for kids. Imagicademy Learning Apps will begin on December 11th with future plans for a suite of 30 branded apps covering math, creative arts, science, language arts, and social skills. The first app to launch will be Mickey’s Magical Math World on iPad, as well as the companion app for parents. http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/04/disney-imagicademy/

With so many stories hitting the tech news industry, it’s best to put them into a magazine you can page through, click and read. Check out this week’s WebLetter, the companion magazine to Jim’s WebLetter … http://web.jimonline.com

With all the websites and user accounts you are required or for some reason signed up for, wouldn’t it be great to have a website to go to that helps you delete or unregister an account when you no longer want to be a member? That’s what makes Just Delete dot Me a website to bookmark and use. A visit shows what seems like a never ending list of places and their rate of difficulty in getting removed from their database. When you click on the rating you get an explanation for why it’s easy or hard to be removed. Click the name and be taken to the login page for the particular website. By the way, some sites are listed as impossible to be removed. If you have an account with one of those places, I feel for you. http://justdelete.me/

This week Microsoft made it official, the old fashioned clip art images are out. The cute and sometimes goofy images have been put out to cyber-pasture and new images are available in Creative Commons. Where? Well, MS would like for you to use their Bing search engine to find them, but my money has always been on Google Images. It’s just, you have to be careful you are using an image that is free to use and doesn’t carry a copyright. When searching for an image in Google, click Search Tools then Usage Rights. The MakeUseOf story from Justin Pot gives you details … http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/clip-art-gone-heres-find-free-images-instead/

Speaking about Microsoft, I see they have built an Android version of their Artificial Intelligence search engine called Torque. What’s unique about it is, when you want to ask a question, you just shake your device. If you use Google Now, you simply say, “OK Google” and it wakes up to listen to your request. With Torque, you shake shake shake (reference to the song from KC and the Sunshine Band). Now if Microsoft could just make a quality mobile operating system … http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/05/torque-microsofts-alternative-to-ok-google-now-works-on-android-smartphones/

iTab is the magazine for tablet owners who want to know more about their device. See what’s new this week … http://itab.jimonline.com

The birth of our second child, a daughter, came after a long and difficult labor. But it was definitely worth it when our beautiful little girl emerged, perfect in every way.
Later, in my room, my husband looked at her tenderly, with tears in his eyes.
Then as he glanced up at me, I expected him to utter something truly poetic. Instead he asked, “What’s her name again?”
(Thanks, Kathy)
My engineer husband is meticulous but mild-mannered. While our new house was being built, he would leave notes for the workmen, politely calling their attention to mistakes or oversights.
Two weeks before we were to move in, the floors still were not finished, the bathrooms not tiled, nor were necessary fixtures installed. I was sure that the work would never be completed in time. However, on moving day, we found that the house was ready to receive us.
Curious as to how this miracle had been accomplished, I went and checked where my husband always left his notes for the workmen. Posted prominently on the living room wall was my husband’s last note: “After January 15, all work will be supervised by 5 children.”
(Thanks, Doc)
That’s it for this week, friends. I pray God bless you and keep you safe.

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