Sites of the Week: June 8, 2013

“Well, that’s the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”

Garrison Keillor

Because June is the month for graduations and the most popular month for weddings, I’m offering up two interesting facts related to each.

Factoid: In southwestern Oregon, Ashland High has 10 valedictorians this spring, North Medford High has 10, and South Medford has its 21. (Editorial comment: “….all the children are above average.”

Medford Mail Tribune

Factoid: Wedding guests spend an average of $539 for each wedding they attend this year. That’s up $200 from 2012, when guests reported spending an average of $339 on weddings. Members of the bridal party say they’ll spend slightly more: $577.

American Express

I’m not usually a fan of political cartoons, but this is funny and timely. Click here to view. If you haven’t already seen it, I think you enjoy this rendition of the Beatles ‘Don’t’ Let Me Down’. Click here to view.

Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.

Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI)

Everyone is–or should be–familiar with the Windows Update feature that checks your computer for Windows software and driver updates. But what about your third-party applications which could be vulnerable to attack? Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) is a FREE computer security solution that scans software on your computer and identifies programs in need of security updates and supplies the necessary security updates to keep your PC safe.

Clipping Magic

If you take photos but don’t have a photo editing application such as Photoshop, you may be interested in this site. The sole purpose of Clipping Magic is to remove image backgrounds in your photos. It’s FREE and done easily and instantly online.


Grooveshark is an online music streaming service based in the United States. Grooveshark’s catalog streams over 1 billion sound files per month, over 15 million songs and has 35 million users. Users can stream and upload music that can be played immediately or added to a playlist. When you create an account, you have the ability to save your favorite songs. Grooveshark will remember every song you add to your Library, Playlists or Favorites. All of your music will be available any time you are at a computer with an internet connection. In addition to FREE accounts, Grooveshark offers two subscription service levels that give users increased features, no banner ads, and playability on mobile devices.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


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