Well, I didn't bring this up to taunt you. I have a wonderful product that reads and works like Weight Watchers(tm) dessert. It's called the Google Toolbar. Once installed this product works with your Internet Explorer web browser to control the annoyances we were talking about above. It even counts the number of popups that are blocked.
As an added bonus, the best search engine on the web, google.com is the central part of the toolbar. I know the Google people may feel differently, but the search is just an accessory. The popup blocker is the star.
Now for the sales pitch... Its FREE! Download and install it today and receive more peace during your Internet research time.
I stumbled across this wonderful website while researching the concept of Pi. Now that I have confirmed myself as a geek, let me tell you why we're talking about Wikipedia instead of the mysterious transcendental value Pi. Wikipedia is a website that is one of the miracles of the Internet. It is a forum for you and I to share our knowledge of particular topics and contribute to the recording of all common knowledge. This information is combined to form a large Internet encyclopedia that, more importantly, is owned by no one, or maybe more particularly, owned by us all.
Look up your favorite topic and if it seems vague to you, add your knowledge and enlighten us all.
What that does is truly empower the individual in a new way to become creators in information. We are in fact using this technology to publish this newsletter to our subscribers. It reduces the time to take a short idea like this one and format it for publication and even has a Spell Check function built in.
While there are many Blog tools on the web, I am using the one called Blogger.com. It has many layout formats and features that would be pretty interesting to see but a bit tedious to relate here. I will just share the websites lowest level of membership is FREE and might let you become the budding author you have always wondered about.
The Internet Storm Watch monitors viruses across the globe and the swelling or decreasing numbers of attacks, just like a regular weather report. I can't always follow the very detailed info on some of the attacks but the related articles are in English and usually tell how to cope with whatever the situation may call for. If you like the site, we all have my good friend Chris to thank for it.
Another really nice site for regular tracking of the details is one of the hubs of the US Federal defense of our national Internet system. I have occasionally subscribed to their newsletters when part of my responsibility has been to be aware of the latest server threats and they always kept me aware of the latest required patches for my operating systems. If that is your cup of tea, please sign up and they will keep you up-to-date.
Rather than rely on the faulty control of reliance on hardware or software to keep our hearts from exposure to temptation, this wonderful product uses software to empower a better way. The software monitors all Internet traffic and sends a regularly scheduled report to someone else that will hold you accountable. No more secret Internet usage.
The website name comes from Job 31:1, "I have made a covenant with my eyes". This refers to the concept that I we are not enslaved to our sexuality and that we have a choice. Some books refer to it as "bounce". I can't control what images cross my path, but I can "bounce" my eyes off that and look at something else. A "covenant with my eyes" means that I intend and am planning to avoid dwelling on sexual immorality due to any incidental exposure to something that might arouse my attention.
Within the context of this website, this product is installed and monitors all Internet access on your computer. It then sends a list of inappropriate to your accountability partners. These partners would be people that would hold the user of the computer accountable. That accountability could take the many forms, but for me, I know I would rather take a beating than have to explain myself to my Christian brothers.
I don't want to seem preachy, because I am a very human person, but maybe this is just the product for someone out there.
Digi-Tales is a Newsletter cum Weblog or Blog if you will. Join us here as we explore the interesting intersections between the edges of daily life and the electronic representations that only exist on the Internet. Thank you for visiting our humble nexus. Blessings, Roger.