2019-02-06 / Features

Internet In Bloom For The Layperson

By Ted J. Bloom

Ted Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., NP has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A CDCR law librarian and instructor 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 NYS Notary Public, SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor.  His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.comTed Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., NP has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A CDCR law librarian and instructor 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 NYS Notary Public, SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor. His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.comWe probably take cellphones for granted because they are ubiquitous and so useful.  However, did you know that if you own one, you are probably entitled to restitution in the form of a monetary award (yet to be decided) because of alleged price-fixing by a wide-spread chip manufacturer with locations in the US?  The catch: your carrier must have your current address on file or you may not receive notification of this compensation through the USPS mail.  Who do we have to thank for this notification?  Attorney Scott Hardy of https://TopClassActions.com.  This is a rare website that connects consumers to class action lawsuits, settlements and attorneys.  

Search for Qualcomm Mobile Phone Class Action Lawsuit using the search field at the top right of the website.  This site contains numerous class action lawsuits that you may be able to profit from if you were involved.  However, if you were not involved, do not lie or you may be prosecuted and you will make it more difficult for justice to be served in general.

Moreover, if you do not have the funds to buy ebooks online, you can get access to millions of them and a variety of empirical articles for free to download or read online at: https://b-ok.org.  However, you may still get access to over 58,000 free ebooks to also download or read online at: www.Gutenberg.org.  Also, try the www.free-ebooks.net database.  There are several other free ebook sites however, they are not as user-friendly and appear to be more commercial in nature.

Furthermore, with the nation reeling from the latest polar vortex to decimate the Mid-west and North-east with sub-zero temperatures and blizzard conditions, driving safely has never been more important.  The Internet is a tremendous asset here with our www.NHTSA.gov website.  The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration has a database designed to alert the public about the latest manufacturer safety recalls.  All you have to do is enter your vehicle's year, make and model or just the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) in the appropriate blank search field.  The VIN is typically a 17-digit number located on your lower windshield or the inside label on your car's side door.  It may even be on your insurance ID cards.  If your vehicle is involved in a recall, just contact your nearest dealer.  If that doesn't work you may contact your manufacturer, as these recalls are supposed to be repaired for free.  Otherwise, you may file a complaint with the NHTSA.  No company wants to be investigated by the US government, so you should get prompt action.

Vigilance!     



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