Servicing Consumers

I complained a few months ago about sites requiring things like “Flash(Flashing Random House)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2003/07/flashing that can limit accessability to those who do not have it available Today, I was working on a project and was trying to find some consumer information at the Florida Division of Consumer Services and ended up at this introduction to “Service Point(Welcome to Service Point)”:http://www.fldfs.com/consumers/sp_redirect.htm.
bq.�Service Point� requires Internet Explorer 6.0, Service Pack 1. A link for downloading the upgrade is available here. To continue to the consumer eService site, without installing IE 6, you may click here, but you may experience a few problems while navigating through the site. When I clicked to continue to “ServicePoint(Welcome to ServicePoint – Your Point For Informed Financial Decisions)”:http://servicepoint.fldfs.com/eService_enu/start.swe in Firebird, I ended up with a page of what appears to be XML. Now, as a Windows user, I can either launch IE or take a try at “spoofing IE in Firebird(Spoofing IE in Firebird)”:http://www.fortysomething.ca/mt/etc/archives/003062.php. But I guess Mac/Linux/etc. users are just out of luck.

Posted by Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997. Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident. Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995. However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999. In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.