Stuck With Your Mistakes For Life
Tue Apr 18th 2006, 2:42pm
This article just flew through my inbox and caught my eye: Are you watching what your kids post?. Seemed very topical, a whole new worry to come up out of the Internet.
Once you air your dirty digital laundry on the public Internet, you can't take it down and fold it and put it away. It is out there forever, accessible by search engines and completely beyond your control. ... Kids who get mad at a teacher and rashly publish a scathing and obscene lampoon on a site like aren't thinking that it could prevent them years hence from getting a scholarship to college or obtaining a job they really want. But this can and has happened.
I think we're all aware by now that we need to watch what we post (The Collapse of Inconvenience was in fact one of my first posts on this site), but now a generation of kids face living with a lifelong archival of their history. After reading this I realized that it's bad enough Googling for "Steve Kehlet" yields these awful, nerdy posts from ancient FreeBSD forums (some from over 10 years ago!), but to think what it would turn up if the Internet had come around earlier in my youth, or if Google had archives of old BBS postings. I don't think I've ever put anything too stupid online, but if nothing else these old records are misleading about my current technical skills, or just downright embarrassing. And then... is anything I'm doing now going to embarrass me later? Perhaps it's best that all my posts on various World of Warcraft forums are done with a pseudonym... but still... cross-reference enough and my real name will turn up.

I suppose, while we think twice about everything we publicly post, and advise our children to do the same, something we need to always realize is that Googling isn't always accurate... I'm not the person I was 10 years ago, neither is anyone else.

Visitor comments
On Wed Apr 26th 2006, 10:13am, posted:
My name being so common is out there a lot but none of the results are mine... but... when you look for some of my web aliases... DAMN! I'm out there and I've asked some goofy stuff, nothing that I'm ashamed of but its just kind of --hmmm.. how do you say... stupid?-- but you make a great point. The younger generations are growing up with the internet as a critical part of their life, and sometimes they overlook the far reaching effects their comments can have later down their lives.

On Mon May 1st 2006, 3:50am, Visitor posted:
yeah, but there's the positive side too. i posted an article on how whiteboards (well the common fridge shopping list sort of whiteboard) made sudoko so easy, and then googled it cos i thort (years ago) that someone should have seen the $$ potential, and lo and behold got my own post back LOL ... but yeah, some of those idiots who ruined txt message-board talk 10 years ago, hope they feel suitably embarrassed by now

On Fri May 5th 2006, 10:17am, posted:

On Tue May 9th 2006, 2:40am, Kehlet from Australia! posted:
go team Kehlet!

On Sat May 27th 2006, 11:41am, Dave Kehlet posted:
Google images turns up a couple of Jennifer and even me several pages back. None of Steve? None of space pioneer Alan? I will say that the Kehlet mansion on Lake Tahoe is, well, a bit homespun.

Congrats on the dishwasher success. My new Bosch is a testament to a different approach.

On Sat May 27th 2006, 7:38pm, Steve Kehlet posted:
Hey Dave! Thanks for stopping in. As it turns out, our dishwasher ended up breaking *again* the following weekend... the first problem was no water, this time it was too much water--the draining mechanism broke. So now we too have a brand new dishwasher.

On Thu Jul 20th 2006, 4:37pm, Visitor posted:
wow, my alias did return some posts I've done on several non-related sites, some as old as 5 years!!!

On Fri Aug 25th 2006, 9:03am, Pop Je posted:
I\'m baaaaaaack!