work, school, and the like

Today at work was just another day at work, except there was no air conditioning in the computer room today, like 90º, not very good for any computer equipment….

school was school, per usual, I got a 95.7% on my quiz tonight, I can’t argue. a lot of information… only two classes left for this term… then starts summer… how fun…

The Naper-Po are out in force tonight, I saw 5 on my way home, 2 had one guy pulled over, 2 had another pulled over, and a single lonely po was sitting in the middle of the road, probably trying to catch speeders…. oh well….

My day plus an interesting story…

Well today was just another day here in A-Town…. I went to get my haircut, went to Dominick’s Grocery store, went to COD to pay my tuition, and mowed the lawn… not a whole lot got done today….. But I did manage to read this article in the Chicago Tribune Today…

Library card? Check. Fingerprint? Really?
Citing security, Naperville libraries will make patrons prove their identities
before using computers. Privacy advocates fear misuse of the data.

By James Kimberly
Tribune staff reporter
Published May 20, 2005

Before long, patrons wanting to use Naperville Public Library System computers
without a hassle will have to prove their identity with a fingerprint.

The three-library system this week signed a $40,646 contract with a local
company, U.S. Biometrics Corp., to install fingerprint scanners on 130 computers
with Internet access or a time limit on usage.

The decision, according to the American Library Association, makes Naperville
only the second library system in the country to install fingerprint scanners.

Library officials say the added security is necessary to ensure people who are
using the computers are who they say they are.

Officials promise to protect the confidentiality of the fingerprint records.

But with Congress contemplating an expansion of the USA Patriot Act, which gives
federal authorities access to confidential library records, and cameras watching
the streets some Chicagoans drive or the sidewalks they stroll, privacy
advocates are concerned about yet another erosion of personal liberty.

We take people’s fingerprints because we think they might be guilty of
something, not because they want to use the library, said Ed Yohnka, spokesman
for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.

Yohnka said Naperville may mean well, but that does not mean the technology
won’t be used for something else at a later date.

You’re creating just another database of information about people, Yohnka
said. I’m sure they started out with the best of intentions of not sharing this
information, but the reality is sometimes intentions go awry.

Currently patrons use their library cards and personal identification numbers to
access the computers.

That will change once the scanners are installed. The glass-topped, silver metal
boxes about the size of a package of Tic-Tacs read the print on a patron’s index
finger and use an algorithm to convert at least 15 specific points into a unique
numeric sequence.

Once a patron’s fingerprint has been recorded, accessing a computer will require
only the touch of a finger.

Library Deputy Director Mark West said the system will be implemented over the
summer beginning with a public education campaign in June. West said he is
confident the public will embrace the technology once it learns its limitations.

The stored numeric data cannot be used to reconstruct a fingerprint, West said,
nor can it be cross-referenced with other fingerprint databases such as those
kept by the FBI or the Illinois State Police.

Right now we give you a library card with a bar code attached to it. This is
just a bar code, but it’s built in, West said.

Last May, when Naperville police demanded the account information of a man who
had fondled himself in front of teenagers while viewing pornography in the
computer lab at Nichols Library, the library refused to release the information
without a subpoena, citing the Illinois Library Records Confidentiality Act.

Naperville police obtained the subpoena and later arrested Richard Blaszak, 35,
of Naperville.

In January, Blaszak pleaded guilty to public indecency and was sentenced to 2
years of probation. He is prohibited by court order from using computers in
DuPage County libraries during his probation.

During the investigation of the incident, library officials discovered that many
patrons logged onto library computers using library cards and passwords of
friends or relatives. That realization, coupled with a new library policy that
allows parents to install automatic Internet filters on their children’s
accounts, prompted the search for better computer security, West said.

West said he had to be convinced that the technology would protect patron
privacy before he would recommend it to the Library Board.

Confidentiality and privacy [are] my middle name, West said.

West said the library is requiring a fingerprint to set up computer access,
although patrons who object could ask a staff member to log them on to a
computer.

I’m sure we won’t turn anybody away who refuses to use the technology, but in
all honesty, it will be more cumbersome, West said.

The American Library Association said only one other system uses
fingerprint-scanning technology: the Buffalo-Erie County Library System, a
collection of 52 public libraries that serves 400,000 people in upstate New
York.

Ann Kling, support services manager, said the library launched a fingerprint
recognition program at the main library in downtown Buffalo in 2001.

The library offers fingerprint scans as an optional replacement for library
cards. The system is limited to the library in downtown Buffalo and consequently
only 1,787 patrons use it, Kling said.

Because the use of the technology is so limited, American Library Association
officials said the organization has not taken an official stand on it.

Deborah Caldwell-Stone, deputy director of the ALA’s office of intellectual
freedom, acknowledged that requiring a fingerprint scan might dissuade some
people from using library computers.

There are going to be folks who come from different political situations, folks
who come out of Central Europe who have had a history of living under
authoritative regimes who may not be comfortable with this, Caldwell-Stone
said.

But Caldwell-Stone said libraries already collect all kinds of personal
information from patrons and at some point must be trusted to protect it.

U.S. Biometrics President Dave Delgrosso said his company’s technology is
seeping into the mainstream, popping up in banks, hospitals and other
institutions where exact identifications are important.

Link To Tribune Site

Now I’m wondering why they are installing this, have patrons really asked for this… there are definately less expensive and more profound ways to implement better security for patrons, and their privacy…. now, how is one to know that they on’t track where you’ve been going while using one of their computers… does this affect their wireless usage at all? All valid questions…. although I don’t need to use any of their internet computers, since I have my own..

any thoughts….

work school and the like

Well today just sucked…. I didn’t get enough sleep, of course nothing new….

I get to work, nothing new, only one person showed up for training this morning… that was for like 5 minutes to ask two questions…. oh well…. I informed my boss about a particularly nagging problem with USB thumb drives on the second floor downtown… weird how it only affects those computers….

I tried doing more work for our Summer Reading programs which is only 3 weeks until it starts, but I was basically informed, by my boss, that Summer Reading Program isn’t top priority and that I had to go look at something that could have waited until the full-timer came in at 12:30, but no, of course not… like always, my opinion doesn’t mean anything, nor does what I think is important mean anything to anybody at work, despite the director saying that summer reading program is supposed to be my top priority… oh well, I think I’ll let the director know about this on Wednesday

School was boring per usual, because the substitute instructor we have is not that interesting to listen to when he lectures… I did manage to get a 95.7% on my quiz, so I can’t complain.

the only good thing about today, is no work or school tomorrow… none, nada, nill, null….

Work

Work today was sort of slow at first, but then it got exceedingly hellish….

I started off downtown today, wasn’t anything that bad, I had 3 people show up to training, not too bad…

I edit an ASP page for the Genealogy index we have, nothing too difficult, just eh….

Then I headed to lunch, not too interesting either….

I had to fix the children’s PCs, because they wouldn’t print. one of the circulation computers wasn’t working properly with the domain, had to look at that. A PC in the lab’s screen doesn’t look right, I have a feeling that’s going…

Side Note: Jewel, ELAB5’s monitor color is off, there’s not a lot that can be done about it….

Then I had to try and setup a laptop and project for a program tomorrow…. this is when it really went downhill…. I can’t find the connection between the network connection and the laptop… not a good thing, since the program is about Ebay, and internet is required to do a program about that….

anyway, right now I’m formatting the hard drive for the family computer since Windows did not want to load at all last night, I’ve saved what needed to be saved, and the rest doesn’t matter…

None

Yes I know there’s no title to this….

Today was a big waste all around, didn’t do anything special today… I played Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and beat it… then I started playing Quake, but I had to get ready for work….

On to Work…. I didn’t do a whole heck of a lot at work today, I did help a few people, and I did make notes of UPS’s. I did find a new YA book that was interesting…. No, not just the cover is interesting, so far the story line is as well… although the cover didn’t hurt in grabbing attention. I’ll let everybody know how good it is….

My Day

Well Today was just another day in Aurora….

I didn’t want to go to work this morning, and I’m still not fully awake…. oh well…

it was raining on my way to work, so that kept traffic slow, it took me like 20 minutes to get to work, how sad….

I didn’t do a whole lot while at work, except now I have to work on making a Genealogy database into something viewable for patrons… this will be fun…. that’s the word for it, right….

after work, I went to the store, but I didn’t buy anything of consequence to really matter…

then I sat around playing games until like 3:30, at which point I got ready to go to school, which was a nightmare…. anybody who was around ogden just east of the railroad tracks, between long grove and frontenac will understand…

there was an accident, involving a mustang, and mini-van, and an SUV, coincidentally, all of the cars were white… really strange, now that I think about it… so that slowed traffic, not to mention the two cop cars that went speeding by, they didn’t help either.

school: this guy asked to borrow my cell phone to make a couple of calls, of course I say yes, he read me the number, and it sounded familiar, but it didn’t occur to me until after I got a text message from my friend, B… (yes jewel, I’m starting to use your style with names)…. she asked if I let a friend of her’s, use my cell phone to make a call, so it didnt’ occur to me until I look afterwards, and saw the he called B, very serendiptious…

our regular teacher wasn’t at class, and won’t be for the next two weeks, the sub isn’t too bad, not as entertaining though…. oh well… but I did manage to get a 95% on my quiz, so I can’t argue…. that makes my average 94.2%… it’s not 100% like I would like, but I guess I really can’t argue….. but oh well… I’m going to anyway….

that’s been my day… any comments?

Work and School

Well I was running around at work all day today, it was sort of annoying. Up and down stairs all day, gets to be tiring after a while….

School was repetitive again, per usual. but I did manage to get a 96.4% on my quiz tonight, so I guess I can’t argue… I’m going to watch West Wing some more now.

Work and Such

This is my second attempt at this post, it messed up the first time… now I have to retype this whole thing over again…. here goes…. and Jewel says I never post a lot in my blog… well, here it is…

Work was interesting, I had two people today in my training session, however they actually wanted to learn about Outlook, and actually seemed interested in learning, not just playing with Word Tutorials…. which is always a nice change of pace…

Next, I ended up playing memory traffic director. I ended up adding and taking memory out of 5 different machines in order to get all of the memory we wanted in each machine to work properly, that was fun… my boss and I tried taking memory out of an old server to put into the computers, but it didn’t work because even though the pin count was the same, the notches in the memory did not line up in one spot, so of course it wouldn’t work.

Next was lunch, which I actually took, which is quite rare for me. Not anything of much consequence during lunch….
After lunch, my boss and I replaced a dell power supply…. talk about unique setup… the power supply is on a pivot, and can lock into place, which is fine, but replacing the power supply wasn’t the most convenient thing on the face of the planet. First you have to actually unscrew the old power supply from the holder, and we had to remove a bracket because it interfered with the holder, so we started bending it, but it eventually all came off… cheap manufacturing… so that was fun putting that in.

Then, after that, came my meeting with the Director, Assistant Director, Head of Adult Services, Head of Children’s Services, and the person in Young People’s Department who usually handles the summer reading program… after completely redoing our entire summer reading program with them, I still have more meetings with the person from YPD, probably every Monday until June 13th…. but we’ll see….

Then I finally left work and headed to school, while I was driving to school, I got a frantic call from Erin saying that her bumper was pulled off of her car, from a small concrete blockade…. So after spending 45 minutes in the great Naperville weather, a balmy 42 degrees, with beautiful northeast winds around 20 mph, with the invigorating gray cloud cover, who couldn’t love it, I finally got her bumper to stay up so she could drive it home and back to school and home…. She’ll probably need a new one….

Onto school, it was ok, but there was way too much information to have a quiz from on Wednesday. Ethernet Framing, bit timing, all essentially useless in practicality, but who I am I to argue with Cisco for such a fine class….But I did manage to get a 98.2% on my quiz, I only missed one answer on a multiple choice, multiple answer question. Although that wasn’t too hard since the instructor didn’t prepare a Powerpoint presentation, so he read some questions directly from the quiz, so I only had to remember them for like 5 minutes… now I’m typing up notes to tonight’s lesson…. it’ll be interesting to get the pictures done….

There Jewel… I posted…. Rather long post… happy?

Work and such

Well, I’m sitting here at work trying to figure out what to do. At one point there were only two people sitting in here. Although it is relatively quiet, so that is good, but there’s still nothing to do. As, Jewel will be able to attest to once she comes in tomorrow.

tomorrow is may 1st, where the hell have the last four months gone, I mean really… wasn’t it just january like yesterday. I’ve been sick for the past few days, not like deathly ill, but sick enough to
the point where I don’t really feel like doing anything but sitting at home.

I guess I could be working on a monthly report for my boss, but I haven’t really done anything that spectacular this month. Yeah, I implemented USB Drives at Eola, but whoopy do, it’s not like I invented time travel or anything.

Egging

My car was egged sometime today, I’m pretty sure it was between 7:00 am and 1:30pm today, I’m unsure of who did it, but of course i’ve already cleaned it off of my car.