2012-06-20 / Features

Internet In Bloom For The Layperson

BY TED J. BLOOM, MLS., MSED.

Contrary to popular belief and 2012 presidential campaign mudslinging, there are jobs left in the USA. Consider New York City. Now that warmer weather has arrived, www.nycgovparks.org has a variety of park related, full-time openings and a list of related job search links. Prefer to work indoors in cool air conditioning? The big apple is happy to oblige with www.nyc.gov/html/dcas for a variety of Department of Citywide Administrative services openings as well as Information Technology and New York City jobs in general. Can’t make it to a computer or smart phone with cloud access? No problem. Call the NYC DCAS with a landline at: 212-669-1357.

Moreover, speaking of politics, common sense indicates the more we manufacture in the United States, the less jobs we create outside our borders. Librarians are not the only people who may search the Internet on a regular basis. Many products are still made here in America. It may take a few minutes using a popularity search engine, such as www.Google.com or www.Bing.com or for really difficult queries, a meta-search engine, such as www.Dogpile.com or www.Metacrawler.com. For example, I have big feet, so shoe shopping can be challenging for me. I love a comfortable pair of cowboy boots. The last pair I purchased fell apart in about a year. They were made overseas. Never again! Recently, I bought a beautiful pair of Double HH brand boots from near-by Pennsylvania, at a discount with a coupon code I found on Google. Go to www.Doublehboots.com. These puppies are strong, great looking and comfortable, Partner.

Furthermore, ask any IT professional and they will tell you that technology has a history of isolating its users. Many of you may have heard stories about folks walking into objects, including moving vehicles, because they were concentrating more on their PDAs (Portable Digital Assistants) than their surroundings. Early computers were stand-alone units. They were not designed to talk to each other at random until networking systems were later developed. You computer geeks out there may remember token ring topology. But I digress. Imagine, if we could use the Internet to unite people who have common ground so they could do meaningful things? Or even just to do fun things that may not be that meaningful? Care to join some fellow vegetarians for lunch on Sunday? Maybe find a group of activists who are in your registered, political party? Maybe locate some like-minded singles for a walk in the park? Look no further, www.meetup.com has all of the above and many more clubs and organizations to browse.

Lastly, one of my college students introduced me to a creative Web site hosting (blog) service that offers Webpage design with no ad banners and it is free: http://Wordpress.com offers a variety of predesigned themes for you to experiment and choose from. Much fun. I archived my last year of publications there to test out a Webpage. See for yourself at: http://BloomAt.wordpress.com. One caveat: Wordpress does offer more convenient (shorter) domain names and fancy Web site hosting features for monthly fees, so not all of their themes will be available for free.

Ted J. Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL., has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A college librarian in Downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a SUNY Communications Instructor and a YMCA Director.

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