Jim’s WebLetter for 9/20/14

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Hi-ya Readers!

Here’s another weeks worth of subjects to take in and take advantage of, in this week’s JWL …

You know, I’m glad for Google’s spam fighter in their Gmail system. If it wasn’t for that, I would literally receive hundreds more unwanted emails every day in my account. But there are times when I wish I had something regulating the emails I get on a daily basis. That’s why this article from the Wall Street Journal is one I go to for helpful tips to control the inbox and make my email life better. Step one, get Mailstrom … http://online.wsj.com/articles/take-back-control-of-your-email-inbox-without-breaking-a-sweat-1409078835?mod=ST2&ref=/news/personal-technology

Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve noticed that Facebook seems to enjoy playing with users’ minds with the way they make changes to their security system without telling us that they’re doing it. Isn’t it bad enough that they use everything about us to aim and fire commercials every chance they get, or now that every video starts running when you scroll down past them. So isn’t it a coincidence that I came across a story today in Fox News that gives step-by-step information on where and how to change your security on Facebook since their latest change. http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/09/13/5-facebook-settings-to-change-now/

This week, I got the notification on my iPad that the newest operating system, IOS 8 is now ready to download and install. The thing is, no one, not Apple, Microsoft, nor Google has ever released an operating system that didn’t have some sort of bug in it that required the company to release a new improved version of the software. Meanwhile, you deal with whatever bugs the original version had. It’s like the companies are pushed to get the new platform out before they were thoroughly tested. To date, IOS 8 has issues with the new health security feature and they have already released a statement that will have it fixed by the end of the month. And today I read that many of the photos held in Camera Roll literally disappear after the new install. Tell you what Apple – how about we just wait until you get ALL the bugs worked out before we install the new system. After all, I am having NO issues with IOS 7. http://www.neowin.net/news/ios-8-is-available-today-but-should-you-upgrade

So, I’m figuring Apple will have the big issues worked out in a few days and I’ll hit the install button. When i do, I’m going to open this article from Wired Magazine on mastering the new IOS. http://www.wired.com/2014/09/master-ios-8/

A follow up on last week’s story about Microsoft OneCloud … This week, after announcing the ability to upload entire folders through Google Chrome browsers, the company announced it just doubled the size of its cloud space. That’s 30 gigs of space, for free, when you activate the photo upload feature. That means you can save all the photos you shot using your mobile device and not have to be concerned with storage space, or saving them to another device, if you’re updating the Apple products to the new IOS. Pretty great, huh? Here’s the info … http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/131059-onedrive-offering-30gb-free-cloud-storage-for-iphone-android-and-windows-phone

What it says: “Batteries not included”
What it means: “Batteries do not come with this product, and you’re going to have to buy them yourself. Moreover, it uses unique batteries that you won’t find anywhere but a specialty store, where you’ll pay twice as much for them.”

What it says: “Some restrictions apply”
What it means: “Somehow, some way, we’ll find a way to exclude you.

What it says: “May cause drowsiness”
What it means: “Expect a sudden bout with narcolepsy while you’re driving to work.”

What it says: “Some assembly required”
What it means: “Take the day off and borrow your neighbor’s 2,000-piece tool kit. Don’t make any other plans for the day.”
(Thanks, Mike)
Nurse to patient: “Are you on any special diets?”
“Yes, I drink Slim-Fast twice a day, but it’s not working. In fact, I’ve gained several pounds.”
“Really? Do you think that skipping meals to drink a shake makes you so hungry that you overeat later?”
“What do you mean, ‘skipping meals’?”
(Thanks, Jen)
That’s it this weekend. God bless you and keep you safe.

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