Some kind soul asked me to write a little about this topic in this editorial, so I said, “Okay!”
It’s basically this — Beware who you talk to online. Basically, be aware that some people misrepresent themselves or may try and sell you some new “treatment” for whatever ails you. One such person apparently appeared in my weekly forum a day after I hosted it and suggested a therapy or a product that wasn’t entirely appropriate. This was not endorsed by me.
I have little to no control over such forums. They are there all the time, open to whomever wants to use them, and I believe in free speech. I do not, however, have any connection or association with anyone else online, unless I specifically say so. I never would look to try and selling something to my readers unless I firmly believed in its usefulness after having first evaluated it myself.
There are a lot of people online looking to separate you from your money. Just be aware of this and be very suspicious and cautious of ever conducting any type of business transaction online. The security really isn’t there yet. And be careful about the products someone may be trying to sell you — check the product and the person out thoroughly before buying. And if the person refuses to disclose important information (such as their credentials, phone number, or valid address), then you have a red flag warning sign not to do any sort of business with that person. Be careful!
The next couple of weeks are busy central around here. At work, we will be launching our new product (speaking of products), a continuous voice dictation system on a computer for mental health professionals. SpeechWriter for Mental Health (as it’s called) is really amazing… It transcribes into words everything you speak to it. It won’t be available commercially until July, but we’re showing it at the annual convention of psychiatrists (American Psychiatric Association) in New York at the beginning of May.
What this really means though is that I may have less time to devote to updating this page as I’d like in the upcoming weeks. Look for the next good update to occur sometime in mid-May.
In the meantime, take it easy and explore the world!