Jim’s WebLetter for 6/14/14


Lots happening this week as another revelation of government spying has come to the surface. Everyone with a cellphone can be monitored by the FBI at any time and, what’s more, they are telling the local authorities to keep quiet about it. Using the “Stingray” system, the bureau can monitor activity of your phone whether you use it or not by tricking the phone into believing it is sending and receiving a signal from a nearby tower, when in fact it is using the system to access phone connection. By the way, the government is violating many of the state’s laws in order to do this. Is this another example of President Obama’s “transparent” government he told voters they would have if they were to elect him? http://news.yahoo.com/us-pushing-local-cops-stay-mum-surveillance-174651771–politics.html

Also this week, Facebook changed the way you receive ads on your page. GigaOm columnist Lauren Hockenson writes, “Now, when Facebook presents an ad to users, the company will factor in previous web browser history to target and serve more relevant ads. This is a variation on what users are used to seeing on the web, which normally involves the company using cookies to serve an ad showing off a particular product already viewed on another site”. So Facebook will continue to bombard with ads, it’s just now you get to complain about what you see. Think that will change things? http://gigaom.com/2014/06/12/facebook-will-track-your-web-history-for-ads-but-now-you-can-complain-about-them/

Imagine that for $99 a year, you get a streaming video service, e-book lending library, free two-day shipping and a music service. As advertised, Amazon has released its music service for Prime members to enjoy streaming music for free. Joining the ranks of Spotify, Pandora, Beats Music, Rhapsody and Google Play Music, Amazon offers the ability to save high-quality Prime tracks to your device for offline listening. The thing is, they have about a million selections to choose from as opposed to, say, Pandora which has more music and more users than any other service. Time will tell, but Amazon adds something extra to their Prime service, and that’s not bad. http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-amazon-prime-music-service-20140611-story.html

For this last story, if you have teens in the room, point outside and say, “hey look!” as a means of distraction as you read how they use technology. The Wall Street Journal had a story about teen use of tech, and in particular, smartphones and it just made a lot of sense. You see parent, we have preconceived ideas about how things work and their usefulness to us because, well, we didn’t grow up with this stuff. They however are growing up with this stuff. So what can we learn from this? That’s the point of the article, so once you’ve distracted your teen, read on … http://online.wsj.com/articles/how-to-use-tech-like-a-teenager-1402434802?mod=ST2&ref=/news/personal-technology

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To Be 8 again!
A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, watching his wife, who was
looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not
far off he asked what she’d like to have for her birthday.
‘I’d like to be eight again’, she replied, still looking in the mirror .
On the morning of her Birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Coco Pops, and then took her to Adventure World theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Roller Coaster, everything there was.
Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside
down. He then took her to a McDonald’s where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a
chocolate shake.
Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M’s. What a fabulous adventure!
Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted.
He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, ‘Well Dear, what was it like being eight again?
Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed.
‘I meant my dress size, you retard!!!!’
The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he is gonna get it wrong.
(Thanks, dad)
I requested identification from a department-store customer who had just written a personal check for her purchase. After fumbling through her purse, she presented me with what she said was the only thing that bore both her name and address.
It was a notice of insufficient funds from her bank.
(Thanks, Rob)
Have a great weekend friends. A special happy Fathers’ Day to dads everywhere, including mine, who still forwards jokes to me for this WebLetter. Until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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