Monday, 30 April 2012

What's in Your Browser History?


By Stephanie Beck

I’m all for saving money. Those who know me know that I tend to be a bit of a spendthrift…though some might confuse my ability to squeeze sighs from a penny for being cheap. A few bills in particular always bite me—namely, phone and internet. Both services are super necessary in my personal and business life, but I still groan and growl every time I open the bill.

With my husband working out of town I’ve been faced with even bigger phone bills and another one for him to have internet access at his work. When he signed up and told me about it I admit I wasn’t happy. I asked why he couldn’t just use the internet through work. He said he got it for me.

I was skeptical and called him out on just wanting high speed whatever, instead of using the landline server through his company. After my protests he told me to bring up the search history on my browser. Light bulbs turned on in my head. The business server is monitored and shared…whatever I would happen to look up through it wouldn’t be very private, and well, it probably should be.

My Browser History:

“What things are dehydrating?”                        
“volumptuous” (because I can never spell it right)
“Popular locations of ghosts.”                            
“how much arsenic to be fatal to 250 lb man”
“Can ghosts have sex?”                                     
“procedures for removing foreign anal object”
“penalty for theft under 10,000 in Spain”         
“best dog breeds for finding buried dead bodies”
“natural body lubricants that taste sweet”       
“best sites for free, well, you know”

Upon looking at the history, I understand why my husband would not want his bosses or anyone else at his company to stumble upon it. Actually, looking at it now makes me shake my head, but honestly, every question had a valid reason to be asked!

So, I will pony up for another internet bill and be grateful when I have to schmooze with my husband’s bosses and supervisors at the Christmas party…though really, it probably would have been the IT people giving me looks over their eggnog anyway.

All the best,

Stephanie Beck
www.stephaniebeck.net

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Stephanie Beck is a full time mom, part time writer and ameture speller.
She's been writing since she was fifteen. Her first novel, "Love on the Mats" was a graphic, heartwarming tale of a wrestler and a cutie coed which was lovingly edited by the c-squad basketball team on the long bus rides throughout the season. They were all sure it would be published and it still has a home in a folder...somewhere.
Stephanie Beck loves romance and all things romantic, heart warming and usually funny, though a more serious piece will find its way in occasionally.
In her spare time she knits and sews, walks the dog, plays with her two wonderful daughters and tries to get her husband to act out the naughty things she researches...oh the sacrifices she makes for her craft.






10 comments:

Valerie Mann said...

I had to look and see what the FBI or CIA would put me behind bars for if they looked at my browser history. Here goes my Top Five:

"Catholic shrines in Pennsylvania" (because this non-Catholic needs to know)
"Is Backdoor spelled backdoor or back door?" (no comment)
"What was the Partition of India?" (If I'm going to keep watching Bollywood movies, I should know this)
"What is Bobby Sherman doing these days?" (that tells you how old I am)
"Has Amelia Earhart's remains been found?" (son and I were watching The History Channel together)

TK Anthony + www.scotianrealm.com said...

I just cleaned out my history, or there'd be more interesting ones than these...
The lyrics to "Rawhide."
Conservation efforts in Scotland.
Average weight for a 6'2" man.
The correct usage of "lay" and "lie"--which I can never remember no matter how many times I look it up!

Anthology Authors said...

I'm away from my computer, so it would have to be my phone. What have I looked up lately? Nothing exciting:

1. What are the lyrics for the hymn "Beyond The Sunset"? (I've never heard it before, and I had to sing it at a funeral.)
2. Courtyard Marriott in _________, CA
3. John A. ___________ Elementary School in _________, CA (Mom was telling me how my oldest sister went there and she thought it was on East Ave. Of course, I had to look it up.)
4. What mountain range is Mount Shasta? (It's the Cascades, by the way.)
5. Fever without sweating. (Lily had a high fever yesterday, but she wasn't sweaty, which was odd.)

Oh, the exciting life I lead! (grin)

Marci

Anthology Authors said...

I'm away from my computer, so it would have to be my phone. What have I looked up lately? Nothing exciting:

1. What are the lyrics for the hymn "Beyond The Sunset"? (I've never heard it before, and I had to sing it at a funeral.)
2. Courtyard Marriott in _________, CA
3. John A. ___________ Elementary School in _________, CA (Mom was telling me how my oldest sister went there and she thought it was on East Ave. Of course, I had to look it up.)
4. What mountain range is Mount Shasta? (It's the Cascades, by the way.)
5. Fever without sweating. (Lily had a high fever yesterday, but she wasn't sweaty, which was odd.)

Oh, the exciting life I lead! (grin)

Marci

Decadent Publishing said...

Mine is so boring.
Gmail (for work)
Facebook (for promo)
How to make a fire out of a bow (camping practice)
Craigslist (to find a treadmill that is someone else's coat rack)
Websters.com (so I could cheat on Words with Friends).

Valerie Mann said...

TK - here's how I remember lay vs lie. People are liars - they lie. Everything else lays. Usually that works like a charm.

Jessica Subject said...

LOL Mine is pretty boring right now, too. But for a while, I was looking up Canadian Forces bases, the RCMP, Cheyenne Mountain, gunshot wounds, and how to kill moss.

Faith said...

Well, I've never had anyone check my browser history but my ex actually took all my paranormal, witchcraft history, and sci-fi/fantasy books into court one time in several bags. He tried to say I was an unfit mom. My attorney explained that I'm a writer and actually supported my kids on my writing income. That judge was so pissed at my ex you could hear him yelling at my ex outside the courtroom!

LOL, my browser history would've been identicle to my books.

Kate Richards said...

I've mostly been editing today so I have looked up a number of obscure spellings and meanings of verbs...yes, we do give authors the benefit of the doubt before we say I don't know what word you did want to use but...lol,but other days...whew!

Jennifer Johnson said...

Oh, my gosh this is sooooooooo funny.