Internet at work? Summary dismissal

Subject: Internet at work? Summary dismissal
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 15:22:35 -0500

Sonia Bayne reports: <<...imagine my surprise when I got a warning message
for trying to access that well-known hotbed of dubious content, the
Techwhirl archive!>>

The horror! <g> But that's hardly surprising, after all; even in this
enlightened age, it's not surprising your company's guardians of public
decency were shocked by our discussion of topics such as single-sourcing
(the techwhirler's monogamy equivalent), "users" (of unspecified
substances), "hardware" (ooh!), handheld devices, instruction manuals, and
the like. </Fe>

<<a number of folks here have been summarily dismissed for surfing porn
sites during work hours>>

It's not necessarily as stupid as you may have suggested. A number of folks
were shocked (way back during the collision ofa comet with Jupiter) when
they headed over to, expecting to see images of heavenly bodies
colliding, and found themselves at a porn site. They got what they
wanted--sort of... <g> As it happened, they were looking for,
so the mistake was an obvious one. About a year ago, I foolishly provided an
example URL to techwr-l in one of my many posts without first checking the
URL; turned out it too was the URL to a porn site. (Is there any
nonpornographic content out there these days? Rhetorical question.)

The techwr-l tie in? Always test your examples, and make that you use a
pseudonym* if you're planning to send e-mail to such salacious sites as
techwr-l; someone might look up what you've been saying.

* I can call you Betty, and Betty when you call me, you can call me Al.
(Call me Al.) <g>

--Geoff Hart, FERIC, Pointe-Claire, Quebec
geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
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"Do I contradict myself?/ Very well, then I contradict myself,/ I am large,
I contain multitudes." -- Walt Whitman


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