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Hedberg: Computers Make Me Crazy

One morning last week I turned on my computer and at first everything looked fine, but within a few minutes I could tell it wasn't. My mouse wouldn't work. And then the computer, which has been suffering lately from some form of narcolepsy, konked out and I couldn't revive it. So I called the computer guy and he came right over. I think he has me tagged on his caller ID read-out as "high-maintenance customer" because whenever I call it's like a summons for an ambulance."HELP ME. I CAN'T GET THIS DARNED COMPUTER TO WORK AND ALL MY STORIES ARE STUCK AND I NEED TO CHECK MY EMAIL," I screech in that panic-stricken tone I use whenever an inconvenience strikes. … But I will say this in my defense: I never used to behave this way when I used a plain old typewriter and paper/Kathy Hedberg, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Are you more impatient today as a result of being exposed too long to the quirks of home computers?

David: Porn Viewer Probably On Wi-Fi

David Townsend (re: CdA library user viewing porn upsets girl): For the sake of clarification, indications are that the incident described was probably someone using their own laptop rather than one of the unfiltered computers in the library's computer lab. Filtering would not have an impact on the WiFi users who are in the library on their own computers. Users do agree — by logging on to the library WiFi — to not view pornography in the library. If staff get complaints a patron's behavior is disruptive — including viewing porn — they can be asked to leave.

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Library User Viewing Porn Upsets Girl

Item: Perusing in public: Some library computers are unfiltered for a good reason, but that also allows patrons chance to view pornography/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Compared to cell phone chatter, it barely registers. But the explicit images Elisabeth Goltz's fourth-grade daughter saw on a library patron's computer screen shocked her. The girl, at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library on Nov. 21 for a class trip, was perusing the upper level when she saw a man she'd describe as wrinkly, with long, gray hair looking at naked women on his computer. She did not report it to library staff. Instead, the girl kept quiet until her mother was tucking her in that night.

David Townsend/CdA Library: "Indications are that the incident described was probably someone using their own laptop rather than one of the unfiltered computers in the library's computer lab. Filtering would not have an impact on the WiFi users who are in the library on their own computers. Users do agree - by logging on to the library WiFi - to not view pornography in the library. If staff get complaints a patron's behavior is disruptive — including viewing porn — they can be asked to leave."

Question: Should more be done to prevent adults from viewing pornography at a library computer?