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NeoChaosX
October 24th, 2005, 08:30 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v146/nabbyfan/misc/tompkins-county.png

Can you tell what is wrong with this picture? Credit goes to Distrowatch for pointing this out.

EDIT: Updated the pic, linking from Distrowatch itself was not a wise idea.

BWF89
October 24th, 2005, 08:51 PM
Could you post the link to the full story? This has to be a joke right?

komedycody
October 24th, 2005, 08:52 PM
okay so this is a joke right ?!??!? cause i'm confused

asimon
October 24th, 2005, 08:54 PM
I wouldn't be amazed if it's no joke.

NeoChaosX
October 24th, 2005, 08:55 PM
It was in this week's DistroWatch Weekly (http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20051024).

And this is no joke (http://owasco.co.tompkins.ny.us/its/).

komedycody
October 24th, 2005, 08:57 PM
i don't know half the stuff on this site i'm so confused everyone here is like 40 and older

GazaM
October 24th, 2005, 08:57 PM
All I can say is WOW... this is not a joke! http://owasco.co.tompkins.ny.us/its/index.htm
I would have bet anything to say that was a joke, but I looked on distrowatch and it, sadly, is true! Whoever is responsible for that should be shot. They must have hired a monkey to do this.

Ok maybe they shouldnt be shot, but fired at least. Does anybody know of a contact email or forums where we can inform them of how stupid their IT guy is?

xequence
October 24th, 2005, 08:58 PM
Ha, thats funny ;)

And besides the fact they say IE is more secure, netscape is built on firefox or something like that.

komedycody
October 24th, 2005, 09:00 PM
aaarg your all so old ?!?!?!?!? blaggramah

Brunellus
October 24th, 2005, 09:02 PM
This didn't escape my notice, either. I have linked to it from my blog (http://www.livejournal.com/users/ouij).

I tried getting a hole of the Cornell U. Student LUG (which resides in Tompkins Co, NY) but their website seems to be down.

angkor
October 24th, 2005, 09:09 PM
:eek: :eek:

omg, somebody's actually been listening to the 'Get the Facts' campaign....

canadianwriterman
October 24th, 2005, 09:11 PM
aaarg your all so old ?!?!?!?!? blaggramah

What do you mean, komedycody? I don't get you.

NeoChaosX
October 24th, 2005, 09:12 PM
He's spamming. I've filed a Bad Post report about him.

canadianwriterman
October 24th, 2005, 09:14 PM
He's spamming. I've filed a Bad Post report about him.

Thanks. I guess I'm too old to know spam when I see it!:)

somuchfortheafter
October 24th, 2005, 09:29 PM
sadly my county schools dept of it issues this same exact notice...

Kvark
October 24th, 2005, 09:51 PM
Would be fun to print that on a tshirt and talk a friend into wearing it at a lan party.

Master Shake
October 24th, 2005, 09:55 PM
At least AOL is listed as "Problematic software"

:D

matthew
October 24th, 2005, 10:33 PM
They have already removed all mention of Firefox and Netscape from the page in question (http://owasco.co.tompkins.ny.us/its/) and disabled their email links. I guess they are starting to get bombarded with correct info and it's become bothersome. :) Maybe they will listen?

BTW, this page (http://www.tompkins-co.org/its/policy/Stnd_probsoft.htm) says to "use the most up to date browser." LOL.

Malphas
October 24th, 2005, 10:37 PM
They've probably done that just because it's easier for the network administrators to control than alternative browsers. Not that suprising considering that most network admins are braindead gimps.

Artificial Intelligence
October 24th, 2005, 10:42 PM
I guess it's "money under the table". Noone with a sane mind would put that up.

Though the have remove firefox & Netscape. It still does say


All other browsers must be removed from your computer.

Goober
October 25th, 2005, 04:14 AM
My word, this is one funny site.

What I found really amusing is here: http://owasco.co.tompkins.ny.us/its/policy/Stnd_updtxp.htm

Go down a bit, on the right-hand side, you will see a pic of good ol'Bill in front of a XP sign giving a speech. Propaganda much? I hope they get paid by M$ for this at least.

benplaut
October 25th, 2005, 05:16 AM
that is freaky... i'm scared :/

Buffalo Soldier
October 25th, 2005, 05:25 AM
Attention to all HR people or anyone else involve in hiring,

Please take note of these names and think twice (or a million) times before hiring them if you come across their resume in the future.
GREG POTTER - Director of Information Technology Services
IRETTA ELLIS - Systems Analyst/Technician
KING HOUSTON - Network/Systems Administrator
KIM-MARIE MOORE - Systems Analyst/Technician
PAT NOWAKOWSKI - Financial Systems Administrator
KAREN SIMPSON - Administrative and Computer Assistant
ANGIE WHITE - Telecom/Programming Administrator

http://owasco.co.tompkins.ny.us/its/staff.htm

Their department tagline/motto is "Tompkins County ITS Staff. The people who make IT happen at Tompkins County".

It should be "Tompkins County ITS Staff. The people who make $h!t happen at Tompkins County".

Another way to email the good people of Tompkins County. The email address are at http://www.tompkins-co.org/display/contact.php


For comments or questions regarding the function or display of the website, please contact Information Technology Services (http://www.tompkins-co.org/email.php?email=ksimpson@tompkins-co.org) (ksimpson@tompkins-co.org).

For comments, suggestions, or questions regarding the content of this website, please contact Public Information (http://www.tompkins-co.org/email.php?email=hstewart@tompkins-co.org) (hstewart@tompkins-co.org)

ubuntu27
October 25th, 2005, 05:52 AM
The reason in which they want us to use Internet Explorer is so they could control us and monitor us more easile. It dosn't surprise me. SOmeday you will see that propaganda in your area... Specially thanks to the Patriot Act.

BTY, look at this: http://www.librarian.net/technicality.html not so related... but, I hope it makes you think of something...

blastus
October 25th, 2005, 05:57 AM
What I would like to know is if these policies and recommendations are only applicable to internal employees of Tompkins County, or if they apply to their public website and the general public. If the latter, someone on these boards who lives in the U.S. should investigate filing a complaint against Tompkins County for possible violation for Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act:

1. Section 508 Law (http://www.section508.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Content&ID=3)

2. Accessibility Validator - Document Conformance Tests (http://www.miislita.com/searchito/accessibility-validator.html)

3. Usability.gov (http://usability.gov/accessibility/)

4. Accessibility of State and Local Government Websites to People with Disabilities (http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/websites2.htm)

somuchfortheafter
October 25th, 2005, 11:26 AM
it is just for county owned systems

Artificial Intelligence
October 25th, 2005, 03:34 PM
Attention to all HR people or anyone else involve in hiring,

Please take note of these names and think twice (or a million) times before hiring them if you come across their resume in the future.
GREG POTTER - Director of Information Technology Services
IRETTA ELLIS - Systems Analyst/Technician
KING HOUSTON - Network/Systems Administrator
KIM-MARIE MOORE - Systems Analyst/Technician
PAT NOWAKOWSKI - Financial Systems Administrator
KAREN SIMPSON - Administrative and Computer Assistant
ANGIE WHITE - Telecom/Programming Administrator

http://owasco.co.tompkins.ny.us/its/staff.htm

Their department tagline/motto is "Tompkins County ITS Staff. The people who make IT happen at Tompkins County".

It should be "Tompkins County ITS Staff. The people who make $h!t happen at Tompkins County".

Another way to email the good people of Tompkins County. The email address are at http://www.tompkins-co.org/display/contact.php


I'm gonna send them an E-mail, though I don't think I'll get a reply from them.
A good E-mail without rants, name calling or insults, to point out some things.

Brunellus
October 25th, 2005, 03:35 PM
I'm gonna send them an E-mail, though I don't think I'll get a reply from them.
A good E-mail without rants, name calling or insults, to point out some things.
I'll bet they're wondering why they're suddenly catching flak from all corners of the globe...

Artificial Intelligence
October 25th, 2005, 03:39 PM
Aye, but I think other should do it as well. A nice intelligent E-mail may soften them.

Artificial Intelligence
October 25th, 2005, 04:06 PM
A little nice E-mail



Greetings.
Regarding the advise given by the excellent IT staff in Tompkins County, I will point out that the advise subject on browsing is incorrect. Many independent investigations made by experts points out the danger of using IE as a web-browser. I'm sure there's talking about a mistake or a misunderstanding and I truly believe that Tomkins County wants the best to insure their citizin with the best web-surfing safty.

With best regards
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


I know, a person with native english could have write it better.

Malphas
October 25th, 2005, 04:36 PM
Here's some additional ammo for those who feel like sending emails, if you don't already have it to hand.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticisms_of_Internet_Explorer

http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/713878