LLNE "Siteseeing" - A Website Review Column


This U.S. State Department web page has links to CRS and other "key" government reports. Although it is intended for the foreign press, I have found it very useful for locating CRS reports recently. The site is very up-to-date, simple, well organized and easy to use.

By Stephanie Burke, Boston University School of Law Library


One part of being famous is to be immortalized through a discovery, invention or just being there first. We all know that cartographer Amerigo Vespucci lent his name to most of the western hemisphere, Adolphe Sachs invented the saxophone, and somebody named Anonymous said a lot of good things. But what if your namesake legacy involved deformity, dysfunction and death? Is that necessarily a good thing? Well, you can explore the enormous body of work on named illnesses, diseases, syndromes, maladies, etc., through the web site whonamedit.com. Thrill to the vast list of individuals whose legendary research and practice made them famous for some terrible affliction, leaving this world as a curse upon the lips of their poor suffering victims. Some entries, as in the case of the good Dr. Munchhausen, have even made the six o'clock news. He is after all, famous for Munchhausen Syndrome By Proxy, a serious form of child abuse where the parent fabricates illness or, even worse, causes harm to a child for unnecessary medical attention. Fans of the more arcane forms of debilitation and untimely death can delight in more than they will ever care to know about the hundreds of named illnesses you would never dare imagine until it's too late. You can even understand the subtle yet obviously very important differences between similar sounding named illness, like the merely crippling Beckwith-Wiedmann Syndrome and the always-fatal Genee-Widemann Syndrome. Devotees of the medical bibliography will also appreciate the extensive background information of these namesake giants, many times a less-than-flattering picture of brilliant persons who lived their lives, shall we say, warts and all?

By John Pedini, Social Law Library


Virus warnings circulated by e-mail are so often hoaxes that an entire web site has been dedicated to their debunking, and the editors do so with a good sense of humor. Before you forward (or dismiss) any virus warning you receive, it's a good idea to check it out at Vmyths.com. More importantly, check Vmyths.com before you take any action based on a mass e-mail warning. From time to time warnings circulate advising people to delete a certain file from their computers. What the warnings may not mention is that all computers have a file by that name, and it should only be deleted if, in fact, it is infected. When in doubt, check with an expert that you know. Vmyths.com also has newsletters to which you can subscribe to stay current with the latest in computer virus myths, hoaxes, urban legends, and hysteria.

By Diane Murley, Northeastern University

Have you recently found a great website that you would like to share with your colleagues? Submit a short review of your favorite new (or new to you) website. Reviews dealing with any subject area are welcome. They could be for work or for fun! Simply discuss the basic elements of the website, how you have found it useful and why you are so impressed by it. Please e-mail all contributions to Michelle Pearse at m.pearse@neu.edu.

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