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Archive for August, 2010

Head in the Clouds

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

You may have heard of having your head in the clouds, but what about your computer? Cloud Computing is a trend that is taking the computing world by storm. You have probably already done some cloud computing without even knowing it. Do you have a Hotmail or Yahoo! mail account? Do you use Google Docs or Google Calendars? If so, you’ve done some cloud computing.
Cloud Computing is basically the use of web-based services, whether it is an email client such as Hotmail, or document storage such as Google Docs or Me.com, instead of relying solely on your computer or server to store your software and files. (more…)

Spam: an avoidable nuisance.

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Spam can be quite a nuisance, filling your inbox with loads of lottery hoaxes and pharmaceutical bargains. Although there are a number of different filters available for your email handler to remove those items from your inbox, it would be great to prevent spam bots from getting your email address in the first place.

How does spam work? Well, a piece of program called a Spambot surfs the net looking for anything resembling an email address, ie, a string of text followed by an @ and a dot something.

How do you prevent spam from acquiring your email address? Well, one way is to not sign up for any free online accounts, joining or posting to listservs, forums or blogs, or posting your email on your library’s website.

Sometimes, you may have a choice when it comes to the online accounts and blogs etc, other times, however, your job may require your contact information be posted publicly. Luckily, there is a way to post an email address on your site, yet hide it from the spambot.

Every character you see on a website actually has a specific ASCII code representing it. The code for an uppercase “A”, for example, is represented by “&” followed by #65; The @ symbol even has its own code. If you spell out your email in ASCII and place it in your web site, your email displays normally, yet spambots are fooled because they do not read nor recognize ACSII.

If you would like to learn more about Spam and internet safety, request my “Gone Phishing: Spam, Scams, and Email Hoaxes” workshop. I can be reached at: email: rita.gavelis@umassmed.edu
phone: (978)662-2119

-Rita

Healthnet News Summer issue

Friday, August 6th, 2010

[Forwarded from Judy Kronick]

The Summer 2010 issue of Healthnet News is now online at http://library.uchc.edu/departm/hnet/ (Select “Healthnet Newsletter”).

This summer’s newsletter issue introduces a new website that explains the Health Care Reform Law,  links to resources especially for parents about the Gulf Oil Spill, describes the new Medlineplus website design, and discusses a  new resource guide about medical research, written especially for consumers. There are also reviews of new books about autism, Latina health, and first aid in the wilderness.

Healthnet News is published by Healthnet: Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network at the University of Connecticut Health Center Library, especially for librarians and others interested in consumer health information services.

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