Category: Notes

May 9, 2008

Parental Controls

Filed under: Notes,Personal,Politics,Technology — Les Bain @ 3:08 am

When my children were young, we did not restrict their Internet access. We talked about the dangers openly, asked them what they knew about the dangers from their readings, and asked them what rules they followed. We agreed on the rules.

  • Do not give out your name or address
  • Do not agree to meet anyone

When they were in elementary school, the computers were in a public area of the house.

That was just about it.

I am not saying that was wise, it is just our style. Having a frank talk about the dangers allowed them to set their own limits. I knew they were going to visit porn sites and other sites, but I was much happier that they did it without having to try and hide it.

When my son was a Freshman in high school, he told me if I ever wanted to go to a porn site, he had account and password hacks.

When I set up computers for parents now, I am often instructed to put on the parental controls. I of course do it, and I always think back about how it was when my children were small.

I do not have any regrets. I still think we were right. But it is definitely worse now on the Internet, so I do wonder if I would put on parental controls now. Probably not.

April 1, 2008

RSS Tutorial – Countries

Filed under: Notes,Technology — Les Bain @ 4:10 pm

What countries are the people from that access the RSS Tutorial?

For the first quarter of 2008, people from 113 countries accessed the RSS tutorial. Here is the top 20 countries.


February 5, 2007

Super Bowl Winner

Filed under: Notes — Les Bain @ 5:49 pm

There are apparently two Super Bowl Winners.

One is the the Indianapolis Colts.

The second is the unofficial winner of the best Super Bowl advertisement. This winner is harder to determine.

January 7, 2007

Diurnal Cycles

Filed under: Notes — Les Bain @ 4:02 am

A cold means lots of sleeping during the day and restless nights. Diurnal cycles are unusual. I am up early, napping in the afternoon, and up late. Lots of quiet time to do website work, but not much energy to do it.

January 5, 2007

2007 Resolutions

Filed under: Notes — Les Bain @ 2:26 am

I have a cold. One thing a cold does is focus you on the present. It is difficult to do yearly resolutions when you are waiting for the next sneeze or the next cough. Maybe I should resolve to live more in the present …. but without the cold.

January 1, 2007

Being open vs. being private.

Filed under: Notes — Les Bain @ 9:29 pm

I am a private person. Blogs encourage openness. I wonder how it will work out. Perhaps I will become more open. Perhaps not.

Happy New Year

Filed under: Notes — Les Bain @ 9:19 pm

Happy New Year to one and all.