Beware of Internet surfing ?

Philip Miller Tate Philmt59 at
Wed Feb 3 17:18:38 CST 2010

On 3 Feb 2010, at 16:26, bbruhns at wrote:

> Online activity is definitely a 'lost time' issue for me, and the  
> news I find online is very often bad, and very often bogus.
> Do others feel the sense of searching for something that isn't  
> there?  I often do. But I can still find useful technical info, at  
> least.

Yes, but I don't find the experience and outcome that different from  
when I had time to wander into a University library occasionally.  
When I was very young, my father invested in a full set of  
Encyclopaedia Britannica. I would look something up to help me  
research a school essay and would end up with a pile of volumes  
alongside me three hours later, with essay forgotten. You might say  
that there is a difference between EB and the internet, but forty  
years later I am now aware that many things I read in those  
encyclopaedia volumes is now proven untrue.

I can generally avoid rubbish on the internet faster and more  
effectively than I can avoid it on TV.

Phil M1GWZ

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