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By Joel Klebanoff

Web Integrity

On March 14, 2006, The New York Times published an article titled "On the Web, Much Advice, and Some Even Rings True" that mentioned a few travel Web sites and blogs that the reporter found to be useful and trustworthy. Because you must sort through so much garbage on the Internet to get to the good stuff and because so few reliable tools are available to help you recognize what's worthwhile and what's not, the information provided by the article is obviously helpful. Nonetheless, it's insufficient.

Web sites come and go frequently, and you depend on the Internet for information on more than just travel. A few rules of thumb that would allow you to very quickly assess the integrity, or lack thereof, of any Web site, regardless of its longevity and subject matter, would be much more valuable than a discussion of a few good current sites on a single topic. Because I'm so devoted to you, my loyal reader—MC Press tells me that, believe it or not, there's more than one reader of this column, but my self-deprecating nature does not allow me to believe that there's more than one who's loyal—I decided to share with you some of my knowledge and experience in this area.

Klebanoff's Web Integrity Rules of Thumb

Courtesy Notes: If there is a Web site with the domain name of we-steal-your-cash-and-kidnap-your-firstborn.com, I'd like, as a public service, to inform you that your site was unavailable at the time of writing and the whois service I checked couldn't find your registration. Also, if there is a restaurant called Chez Puke-a-lot, I suggest you get yourself listed on Google so you can be found. In the unlikely event that either we-steal-your-cash-and-kidnap-your-firstborn.com or Chez Puke-a-lot is a real entity, I apologize for any offense I might have inadvertently caused in my vain attempt at humor and I ask, what the hell were you thinking when you came up with that name?



This article originally appeared as part of a weekly series of "Tech Tirades" in MC TNT from MC Press Online. The first year's worth of Tech Tirades does not appear here. Instead, you can find them in BYTE-ing Satire.



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