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April 20, 2008

Newsletter 4-20-2008

Filed under: newsletter — seniorgeek @ 7:13 pm

Do you have a credit card? Most of you do, so read on…
The banking industry’s most lucrative business: credit cards. Millions of Americans will reach into their wallets and use plastic to spend billions of dollars. Ok so what else is new? Check out the following.
“In “Secret History of the Credit Card,” FRONTLINE® and The New York Times join forces to investigate an industry few Americans fully understand. In this one-hour report, correspondent Lowell Bergman uncovers the techniques used by the industry to earn record profits and get consumers to take on more debt.” Watch the video, it is worth your time. (uses Flash)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/credit/


“–Canadian Univ. Faculty Unhappy with Decision to Use Google Apps (March 24 & 26, 2008) The faculty association of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, has filed a grievance against the university administration for using Google Apps to replace the old and faltering computer system. Although the move saved the university money (the tools are free), because the data are held in the US, they are subject to US laws, which are at odds with Canadian privacy laws. Any data hosted on US servers are deemed searchable by authorities under the US Patriot Act. Canadian law guarantees individuals the right to privacy of their information and to inform them when the information is shared. The faculty was told not to transmit private data over the system.”
(sans.org)

Since 1938 – first as a popular radio quiz show, then starting in 1947 as an annual almanac, and since 1998 on the Internet, Information Please has provided, well… information. This web site has, dictionaries, almanacs, Atlas, thesaurus, quizzes, timelines, plus features on all the countries of the world. It is very well organized and even has a section on the 2008 presidential campaign. I enjoyed reading the timeline section. Check it out.
http://www.infoplease.com/

From their web site, “Welcome! In this resource you will find background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites are also included.” A very good resource of basic information on each president from the Internet Public Library.
http://www.ipl.org/div/potus/

Now that the weather is getting warmer my food thoughts move to one of my favorite items. Ice cream. OK, I admit chocolate is number one but ice cream is a very close second. My dad used to tell me that there is always room for ice cream and he was right. So on nice summer evening I would get a call to make an ice cream run. Since ice cream plays a large role in this household, the ice cream scoop is of upmost importance. Zeroll manufactures the ultimate in scoops to be used with ice cream. Remember any project requires the correct tool and they make the correct tool.
http://www.zeroll.com/products.htm

phone and dialed 411. Later on the phone company started charging for 411 calls so most of us either quit using the service or used it very rarely. Now you have many free alternatives to the old 411 service. Google provides a free service by calling GOOG-411 on the internet or 1-800-GOOG-411, and there’s 1-800-free411. Enjoy.

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