No rush with a substitute for Skype! 



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Good Morning,  !
It's Saturday, May 14

Thanks David!

Relax about a Skype replacement. eBay did not mess it up,
when they bought it, and quite possibly, Microsoft too will
just sell it at a huge loss in a few years.

More about it in the Tech Support Pits

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Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else. --- James M. Barrie If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you are old. --- Will Rogers
One night I was chatting with my Mom about how she had changed as a mother from the first child to the last. She told me she had mellowed a lot over the years: "When your oldest sister coughed or sneezed, I called the ambulance. When your youngest brother swallowed a dime, I just told him it was coming out of his allowance."
Have I got a deal for you! Aquaponics is on special for $37 instead of the normal $97! What's Aquaponics? Isn't that the top secret technology some pros use to grow medicinal herbs and stuff in half the time and two to ten times the crop per square foot? Yes, it sure is! It is the technology of combining a fish tank, that produces all the nutrients the plants need, with hydroponics, that cleans that stuff out of the water and preps it for the fish. Very neat and clean WIN-WIN deal! You don't need a shark tank on your balcony. The book tells you how small a fish tank is enough for your tomatoes and carrots and parsley and mushrooms and herbs. If you have a closet, balcony, or garden space, grab Aquaponics, while it is on sale! AND, they throw in $300 worth of additional books! By the way, there is no weeding necessary with Aquaponics!

A man had been driving all night and by morning was still far from his destination. He decided to stop at the next city he came to, and park somewhere quiet so he could get an hour or two of sleep. As luck would have it, the quiet place he chose happened to be on one of the city's major jogging routes. No sooner had he settled back to snooze when there came a knocking on his window. He looked out and saw a jogger running in place. "Yes?" "Excuse me, sir," the jogger said, "do you have the time?" The man looked at the car clock and answered, "8:15". The jogger said thanks and left. The man settled back again, and was just dozing off when there was another knock on the window and another jogger. "Excuse me, sir, do you have the time?" "8:25!" The jogger said thanks and left. Now the man could see other joggers passing by and he knew it was only a matter of time before another one disturbed him. To avoid the problem, he got out a pen and paper and put a sign in his window saying, "I do not know the time!" Once again he settled back to sleep. He was just dozing off when there was another knock on the window. "Sir, sir? It's 8:30!."
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An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD goes to Council in York, England York council forbids cross on cab dash The order came after a teenage passenger told teachers about the blue glass crucifix. The driver had no idea it was a problem until council bosses emailed his taxi company after a complaint from the school. The man, who asked not to be named, said: ‘I took the cross off after we received the complaint because I didn’t want our taxi company to lose the contract we had with the council (Welfare) and I was worried about my living. ‘The point of view was taken from the child without anybody taking the time to contact me and get my opinion on it. ‘I was very angry about it – I was incredulous.’ The 61-year-old Frenchman, who has lived in Britain for 30 years and regularly goes to church, had displayed the 5cm (2in) Roman Catholic cross in his car for 18 months without any previous problems. But he said being known for picking up teenagers with a "phallic symbol" in his car reflected badly on him. A meeting has now been arranged with York city council, including the staff member who wrote the email, for Tuesday. Clair Cook, the 29-year-old director of the cab company, AnD Taxis in York, said: ‘If the cross had been dangling that could have been different because it may have been obstructing his vision but there was nothing wrong with that crucifix.’ This is York, England, not Afghanistan. The article didn't say whether the council members were all muslims, or just used to getting pushed around by them.
From the Tech Support Pits: From: David Re: Suitable Skype Substitute? Dear Webby, Thank you once again for you daily humor letter - I really appreciate the laughs, pictures and tech section On the subject of Skype and its imminent conversion to 'Microsoft improved' I have been looking around for a replacement for it and wondered if you knew anything (either through experience or reports from others) about one I found called "Tango" which claims to offer free audio and/or video calls in the same way as Skype. Failing that, do you have any replacement that you would recommend? Glad to see that you are still going strong after your mishap, and glad to see that you have joined me in the quitting smoking arena - only been just over 6 weeks for me but it does seem to be getting easier now. Wishing you well and praying for you, David Dear David 6 weeks is a good milestone! Keep it up! I have not tried Tango. There is no panic. Skype again retained control, just like when they sold themselves to eBay for 4 Billion. ebay found out that the $1.8 Million they made on the calls to land lines and cell phones did not justify 4 Billion dollars, and since the Skype people only gave them interface buttons, but not the source code, they sold it for a song. Now Microsoft got stampeded into believing that Google was about to buy Skype, and they started bidding quite hysterically. Google has Google Chat, which works quite well, just has not been promoted yet. They are not interested in buying Skype, but were probably drinking beer with the guys from Skype and laughing their butts off, when Microsoft bid against itself and ran the price up to $8.5 Billion. Dear Webby, Thank you once again for you daily humor letter - I really appreciate the laughs, pictures and tech section On the subject of Skype and its imminent conversion to 'Microsoft improved' I have been looking around for a replacement for it and wondered if you knew anything (either through experience or reports from others) about one I found called "Tango" which claims to offer free audio and/or video calls in the same way as Skype. Failing that, do you have any replacement that you would recommend? Glad to see that you are still going strong after your mishap, and glad to see that you have joined me in the quitting smoking arena - only been just over 6 weeks for me but it does seem to be getting easier now. Wishing you well and praying for you, So, relax and don't panic. Don't be surprised if Microsoft sells Skype in a few years at a huge loss, just like eBay did. If they don't, by the time they mess it up, the competition will be ready and by then one of them will be noticeably better than the rest, or promoted better. It could be the Israeli ICQ, that beat out PowWow without being half as good. They kno how to swing the people! It could be Cisco, or Citrix, or Google Chat, or the Tango, that you mentioned. It is not just software quality, as we saw with ICQ, but promotion is equally imortant. The best chat is no good, if you are the only one using it. We'll see in a couple of years. In the meantime, relax. Have FUN DearWebby
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One day a professor was giving a big test to his students. He handed out all of the tests and went back to his desk to wait. Once the test was over, the students all handed the tests back in. The professor noticed that one of the students had attached a $100 bill to his test with a note saying "A dollar per point." The next class the professor handed the tests back out. That student got back his test, and $64 change.
Daily tip from Thriftyfun.com Use Cloth Napkins Instead Of Paper Our family of four includes two children who can get very messy during mealtime. Instead of having them use cheap one-ply napkins that fall apart the minute you try to wipe your hands with them, I decided to use cloth napkins. The napkins can usually be purchased for $0.50 to a $1.00 each depending on where you buy them. I once purchased a clearance priced set of 4 from Target for a $1.00. I made sure to purchase enough for when we have family over. You can also make your own from old cotton t-shirts but keep in mind the type of fabric you use will determine the amount of absorbency. I would strongly recommend you refrain from decorating the homemade napkins with glitter or puff paint as that might defeat their purpose. By linex_4 from San Antonio, TX http://www.thriftyfun.com/ http://www.thriftyfun.com/ Check out ThriftyFun's Blog at http://www.myfrugallife.com Thriftyfun.com also has a newsletter. If you want more than just one tip per day, or if you want to share your tips, then you can subscribe to it here:ThriftyFun Highly recommended! If you like the ThriftyFun.com list, you can vote for it here:
Tech support people like me spend our days on the phone with customers. Many like to chat while waiting for their computers to reboot. One man told me he'd been a long-haul truck driver. I'd love to drive a big rig," I said, "but I'd worry about falling asleep at the wheel." "Here's a tip to stay awake," he offered. "Put a $100 bill in your left hand and hold it out the window."
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Letter from a redneck aunt Dear Billy Joe Bob, I'm writting this slow because I know you can't read fast. We don't live where we did when you left home. Your Pa read in the newspaper that most accidents happen within 20 minutes of your home, so we moved. I won't be able to send you the address because the last family that lived here took the trailer numbers when they moved so they wouldn't have to change their address. We still have the same phone number though, because I brought our old phone along. When you get out of jail, just call us and we will come pick you up. This place is really nice. I even has a washing machine. I'm not sure it works so well, though, Last week I put a load of clothes in and pulled the chain, we haven't seen it since. About that coat you wanted me to send; your Uncle Bubba said it would be too heavy to send in the mail with the buttons on, so we cut them off and put them in the pockets. Bubba locked his keys in the car yesterday. We were really worried because it took him two hours to get me and your father out. Your sister had a baby this morning, but I haven't found out what it is yet so I don't know if you are an aunt or uncle. The baby looks just like your brother. Uncle Bobby Ray fell into a whiskey vat last week. Some men tried to pull him out but he fought them off and eventually drowned. We had him cremated; he burned for three days and the the crematorium blew up. Three of your friends went off a bridge in a pickup truck. Butch was driving. He rolled down the window and swam to safety. Your other two friends were in the back, they drowned because they couldn't get the tailgate down. I was going to put twenty bucks for you into this letter, but I had already sealed it. I'll send them next time. Your Favorite Aunt Edna-Sue

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