Jim’s WebLetter for 8/30/14

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Hi-ya and welcome to a long weekend, JWL readers!

It’s a Labor Day weekend and time to get the chores done early so you can relax.  Check out the stories I came across this week, at least one will enhance your relaxation …

If you’ve been hearing a lot about using cloud computing for safely storing your documents, photos and videos, try watching the video from CNET on the subject of creating your own cloud service … http://www.cnet.com/videos/diy-create-your-own-cloud/   Granted, I have talked about Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive, two of my favorite free services, but there are many, many other cloud services also offering secure storage.  The point here is not to depend on your computer’s hard drive to keep those valuable pictures and videos you shot over the summer while vacationing in Bora Bora.  Keep a backup of your files, including documents, on another drive and cloud drives are the most popular to use as they are accessible from any internet connected area.  Just remember to bring along your user and password.

On the subject of security … The news has been full of stories about security breaches in many large companies that keep email addresses, personal information and passwords to accounts.  Industry giants like Target, Adobe and Forbes has had their database hit and millions of accounts stolen.  The term “Pwned” is used to describe this action.  Now, a site called Have I Been Pwned? allows you to find out if you may be on the list of accounts stolen and who the company was that it was taken from.  Check your email or user name to see if you’re included.  https://haveibeenpwned.com

If you have a Chromecast, you know that it provides you with countless amazing high-definition backgrounds for your TV screen. But what if you would like them for your PC desktop?  Chromecast Backgrounds provides you with 680 high quality images available for download and use in whatever you want.  http://chromecastbg.alexmeub.com/

Speaking of beautiful themes, Calm.com lets you toggle through peaceful backgrounds and ambient music, with the ability to set a timer for up to 20 minutes. Chill out on your own, or choose a “guided calm” that includes soothing spoken instructions.  This is great for the computer worker who just needs a break, or for the hard-to-fall-asleep type.  Grab a few winks … http://www.calm.com/

In this week’s WebLetter, the companion magazine of Jim’s WebLetter, you will find stories and helpful guides to finding the average price on new cars sold in your area, 7 improvements to science classes, a directory of links to help you unsubscribe from major sources, and a host of other things to read.  http://web.jimonline.com

iTab Magazine this week includes popular apps for your tablet, whether it’s an iPad or Android.  Most are free.  http://iTab.jimonline.com

A 13-year-old boy, was sick in bed with bronchitis, and although he showed some general improvement, his harsh cough persisted and could be heard all over the house.
Worried that he was missing so much school, his mother went into his room to see how he felt.
There he was, propped up in bed, earphones on, listening to a baseball game, while the tape recorder coughed on and on.
The next morning he was in school.
(Thanks, Kathy)
During my stay at an expensive hotel in New York City, I woke up in the middle of the night with an upset stomach.
I called room service and ordered some soda crackers. When I looked at the charge slip, I was furious. I called room service and raged, “I know I’m in a luxury hotel, but $11.50 for six crackers is ridiculous!”
“The crackers are complimentary,” the voice at the other end coolly explained. “I believe you are complaining about your room number.”
(Thanks, Tim)
Have a great weekend friends, and until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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