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Do you use Google to conduct

by Prefbid II In reply to Do you use Google to cond ...

<p>I don't know about you, but it is not all that easy to track down information about people just by using Google.  Just because of your post, I decided to try it on employees I already have.  One has a very unusual name -- I found him on only one page on the internet (either he or his dad sing tenor in the church choir). I looked for another employee who has a more common name, but I happen to know that he has a criminal record and I thought it would be more interesting.  Far too many hits to look through and none suggest his misconduct.</p>
<p>Since the company pays research companies to look at his background via credit bureaus and police logs, I don't see the benefit of doing a Google search on someone.  I could never be confident that the person I got a hit on was the same as the one I'm interviewing.  </p>

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Do you use Google to conduct

by victor In reply to Do you use Google to cond ...

IT doesnt cease to amaze me... Why do we live under the impression we are reinventing the wheel? The wheel has been invented quite a while ago. It is only natural that we leave traces everywhere we pass and these traces are the reputation. If you want to run naked around your house and attack all females that have the missfortune to meet you, it is very likely your neighbours will notice something suspicious sooner or later... And I assure you there is no way to force them to give you much respect after... BUT... If we write in our blog that we want to shoot niggers or instigate to bomb attacks, suddenly perspective changes only because there is a computer involved... Of course it is only natural a manager wants to know who you are when you come up for a job in his org... Why do I feel a negative tone when it comes to Google in this post? If you make public your darkest thoughts and fears, you cannot possibly select who to read or not. This includes your friends, your significant others, your parents, your bosses, and of course you have to take full responsability for what you state. For instance if I will post in my blog how much I hate my wife, will be google to be blamed if she files for divortion?

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Do you use Google to conduct

by JoiseyGrrl In reply to Do you use Google to cond ...

<p>Wow. I think we could have gotten the point without the use of dergatory terms.</p>

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Do you use Google to conduct

by zaphod In reply to Do you use Google to cond ...

It is not the criminal record check I have a problem with.  That is public record and may be valid information upon which to base employment.  What I have a problem with is an employeer using this type of "background check" to find out my religious or political views, or any other information which is not something upon which they should be able to base a hiring choice.  Not they don't have to ask my religion, or marital status, or age in an interview.  They can find out before they even decide if I get an interview.

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Internet closed for spring cleaning: Web-crawling robots roll up their sleeves

by JodyGilbert In reply to ISO Nexus

<p>Finally, finally, spring has arrived. For me that means it's
time to tune up the tractor, degunk the garden tools, and vacuum dead bugs out
of the window sills to make room for new ones. Seems like a lot of work, but I realized
how trifling these tasks are after reading about this REAL spring cleaning
effort:</p>


<p>----------------------------------------</p>
<p>
From:
Department of Homeland Security<br />
Date: March
29, 2006 8:48:17 AM MST<br />
To: All US
Medical Facilities<br />
Subject: World
Wide Web cleanup</p>

<p>It
is
necessary to inform all internet dependent facilities that the internet
will be
shut down for cleaning for twenty-four hours from midnight on March 31
through the early hours of April 2. This cleaning is necessary to
clear out the "electronic flotsam and jetsam" that has accumulated in
the network. Dead email and inactive ftp, www, and gopher sites will be
purged.
The cleaning will be done by five very powerful Japanese-built
multi-lingual
Internet-crawling robots (Toshiba ML-2274) situated around the
world. During this period, users are warned to disconnect all devices
from the internet. If electronic files will be needed during that
period of time, it is
advised that back-up systems be used, without attempting to access
them through the Internet. Although the general public has not been
informed of
this shutdown to avoid a general panic, it has been deemed necessary to
inform
public medical and emergency facilities that may have become internet
dependent. This message may be passed on to any facility or person that
you
believe may be affected by this short shutdown.


Thank you for
your cooperation in this matter.


</p>
<p>U.S. Assistant
Secretary for Homeland Security Randy Beardsworth</p>
<p>----------------------------------------</p>


<p>I don't know about you, but I can really tell the difference
-- my Internet connection has never been so swift and nimble, unencumbered as
it is now by defunct gopher site debris.</p>


<p>You can read about the history of this memo, whose origins
actually predate the Internet, at <a href="http://www.snopes.com/holidays/aprilfools/cleaning.asp">http://www.snopes.com/holidays/aprilfools/cleaning.asp</a>.
I went poking around Snopes on a quest for amusing hoaxes after checking out
Deb Shinder's recent <a href="5100-10877-6059054.html">article </a>and <a href="5138-10877-6059062.html">download </a>"10
Internet threats your users can ignore," which detail a variety of popular
scams and phony warnings.</p>


<p>Whenever I read about such pranks, I think, "Who but
the most incredibly mindless or profoundly nontechnical user would fall for
this???" Well, all sorts of folks, apparently -- including the mindful and
tech-savvy. One member posted to the <a href="5208-6230-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=192981&start=0">article
discussion thread</a> to observe: "It's funny just how many people fall
for this stuff. I have friends -- seemingly intelligent people -- that will
send me forwards about how Bill Gates will send me $2 for every person this
gets forwarded to. I ask them if they really think they're going to get a check
and they say 'probably not but who knows?'"</p>


<p>Just goes to show. There's a cybersucker born every minute?
and two to phish him.</p>

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Staying away from windows (not Windows)

by JodyGilbert In reply to ISO Nexus

<p>Had one of those nights where storms swoop in around 3 AM, head-butt
the house for a couple of hours, and leave you wondering what kind of shape
you'll find things in when it gets light. Minor damage as it turns out, but
it's easy to get spooked with an already off-the-charts tornado season
underway. </p>


<p>So while the wind and hail were indiscriminately chewing up roof
shingles and fragile new leaves, I tried to stop thinking about unseen funnel
clouds and replaced that worry with another one: How likely is it that an
individual--say, one who does a lot of work at home--might lose all their equipment
and their data, both ongoing and archived, to a blown-off roof, a fire, a
flood?</p>


<p>We talk about disaster preparedness on the enterprise level,
although evidence suggests that not everyone has much of a system in place. But
how do you build your own personal DR plan? What offsite facility to you use to
store backups? How do you equip yourself to cope with an emergency evacuation
-- and how much stuff will you be able to rescue? It's tempting to think that
home is that safe place where you can work if something (heaven forbid) ever
happens to your main office building. But of course that's a happy delusion: Risk
is risk.</p>


<p>I'm casting a wider net to try to pull in some suggestions
on strategies for developing a "home continuity plan." You can check <a href="5208-11189-0.html?PromoFeature=discussion&PromoByPassed=1&forumID=5&threadID=193493">this
discussion thread</a> to see what members have offered. Meanwhile, if all of
this has stirred up that old worry about the insufficient DR plan that's never
really been tested in your organization (or the one that remains to be drafted,
much less implemented and tested), here are some good resources to get you
moving in the right direction:</p>


<p><a href="5138-10878-5201**1.html">Disaster
Recovery Plan: Manager's checklists</a></p>


<p><a href="5138-10878-729828.html">Disaster
recovery plan update checklist</a></p>


<p><a href="5138-10878-729762.html">A
disaster recovery e-book</a></p>

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Shortcut shortcuts

by JodyGilbert In reply to ISO Nexus

<p>I'm feeling number-oriented today; maybe it's just a lingering
trace of Kentucky Derby fever. Anyway, I found myself suddenly curious about the
number of times our various shortcut lists have been downloaded. By my reckoning,
these collections--published on TechRepublic over the past year-- have been
downloaded roughly 451,050 times. All told, these documents comprise a hefty ~1,000
shortcuts (discounting the universal ones like [Ctrl]C, which appear on more
than one list).</p>


<p>Who doesn't love a cheat sheet? Key information the very
instant you need it, no thinking or remembering required. </p>

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Shortcut shortcuts

by Leee In reply to Shortcut shortcuts

An instant classic - this should go in an official TR library. Thanks.

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What does it take to excel in IT?

by JodyGilbert In reply to ISO Nexus

<p>A recurring theme on TR surrounds the issue of professional
capabilities. At the most basic level, the question that IT pros and hiring
managers are asking is this:  "What
makes a good support tech?" (Or net admin or project manager, etc.) We've
taken a few stabs at nailing down the skills and attributes that seem to spell
success for a variety of tech job functions:</p>


<p><a href="5138-10881-5825451.html">Twelve
qualities of successful support techs</a> </p>


<p><a href="5138-10878-5813705.html">Eleven
qualities of successful IT managers</a> </p>


<p><a href="5138-10878-5937698.html">10
things you should know about being a great IT manager</a> </p>


<p><a href="5138-10881-5958375.html">10
things you should know about developing soft skills to advance your IT career</a>
</p>


<p><a href="5138-6337-730266.html">Master
these 10 processes to sharpen your project management skills</a> </p>


<p><a href="5138-10878-5611044.html">Ten
skills that can help you land an IT manager job</a> </p>


<p><a href="5138-10878-5993763.html">10
New Year's resolutions for IT managers</a> </p>


<p>Now, CIO Jeff Relkin has put together a broad view of
fundamental competencies that distinguish the effective, well-rounded IT
pro--the one who isn't just putting in time on the job but who is actively building
a career, growing in the profession, expanding his or her skill set, and adding
value to the organization.</p>


<p>If you've been feeling a little complacent or have lost your
professional momentum--or you just need some insight into what skills to focus
on as you head down the IT career path--there are some great recommendations on
<a href="5138-10878-6070682.html">Jeff's list</a>.</p>

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Dumb is in the eye of the beholder

by JodyGilbert In reply to ISO Nexus

<p>I just published Deb Shinder's list of <a href="../5100-10877-6073222.html">"10 dumb things
users do that can mess up their computers,"</a> and not surprisingly, it
has sparked a fairly edgy <a href="../5208-6230-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=194851&start=0">discussion
</a>that touches on users' intractability or inability to learn basic practices
and develop a little tech self-reliance. Also included in this mix is the
failure of many organizations to allocate even the scantest of funds toward end
user training, with the implicit suggestion that employees should already know
what they need to know; after all, that's why they were hired.</p>


<p>These are serious issues and clearly dominate the thinking
of a lot of IT pros out there. But the message I was hoping members would take
away from Deb's list is that it doesn't really matter <em>why</em> users do dumb things. Maybe they're just completely
nontechnical. Maybe they're butt-headed nitwits who delight in making support
techs dance to whatever misguided tune they choose to call. Maybe they're
earnestly trying to pick up knowledge but nobody ever explained to them that
their trusted friends' e-mail addresses might get spoofed.</p>


<p>The fact is, mistakes are going to happen, and when they do,
IT is going to have to clean up the mess. So it only makes sense that we should
take every preemptive measure we can to avert those messes in the first place. It's
self-preservation. And user education has to be the easiest first step toward preventing
problems, even if we just provide info like the simple steps in this list. I
know, I know; users may not get it. ****, most of them probably won't even
bother to read it. But some of them will. At least we can say we made the
effort.</p>


<p>Not trying to help users understand the consequences of
their actions... now that's a dumb thing.</p>

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