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Computer Log # 23 for April 22, 2010

Well today I want to talk about your Internet Tracks and history and what you post never really goes away. Have you ever tried to put your full name into Google to see what is listed. Well I did and I have not had any bad tracks show up but everything is there with links to my personal pages at Facebook and MySpace plus a lot of sites I have built. Future employers are using search engines like Google and Yahoo to see if you have any bad habits or could be a possible risk if employed. Just think that goofy web page you have on MySpace or Facebook could cause you problems if you were job searching. With the economy the way it is, a potential employer may find a picture or page that you put up many years ago on the net very interesting. It could come back to haunt you.

Employers also do not like anyone who uses the social networks as a way to let off steam. What you do in off hours also could be flagged by your employer as a risk. If you say anything against your employer, it could be grounds for you to be fired, especially if you sign a contract with that employer about what you can and cannot say on line pertaining to that employer. You do have some rights pertaining to your job, like age, sex, disability, and race discrimination, but you also have to contribute to the success of the business you are working for and not hinder it's progress. An employer can find cause to fire you if you are not contributing the success to it's business.

Like I said, what you put on the net never really goes away, and you can see that at the Internet Archive. is an amazing place. It will show sites that you built or were listed on way back when. You can also retrieve many millions of court documents and Two Million free documents from many sources. If you look at their projects, you will see lots are going on including archiving all the NASA( videos and pictures that are available. The pictures of their Peta Boxes ( makes me wish I could buy one but I guess the geek in me tries to get me into trouble at times.

Now if you are into USGS maps and do not want to use Google Maps, The Internet Archive has them all at . You will be able to download them as tiff files and they will be a bit large, but the point is to zoom into a area and see the details very well.

Take a look at the Beta Site of and you will get to see manuscripts from the Middle Ages to the present time in all languages. These are scans or digital photographs of the original documents and old out of print books. Try some books and check the box that says “scanned only”. I did and used Mark Twain and got a number of interesting results.

Well I got through the whole “Log” without talking about the iPad like most of the rest of the online community is doing. Every blog and every Podcast has had something about the iPad. What about some real technology news and innovations?

As a final word for today. Did you update your computer lately, and did you update your anti-virus lately?

Franklin S Werren is a computer technician and runs Chautauqua Lake Hosting and Franks Radio in Sherman NY. And can be found on the web at and via e-mail at or and yes I do play the Bagpipes.

Disclaimer: “Franklin S Werren” or the “Chautauqua Star” have not received any money or promotional items in anything talked about in this column.

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