Re: Computing in BSA
P. Phillips (phillips@PEACHES.PH.UTEXAS.EDU)
Fri, 11 Sep 1992 13:46:59 -0500
I think Mike missed the point on using computers to help Scouting, just as
it helps most business today. He is worries about problems that are
non-existant or present without computers. Let consider his points.
>During a Committee meeting, one of the members of the committee asks for
>a printout of the Troop members and gets one so that he could arrange for
>transportation to an event. Later on, he (or she) places the printout
>in a drawer.
>Yep...you guessed it...it became a mailing list for the video store owner,
>which prompts people to ask as in the current MCI ad, "
>"who told them MY name??"
The list is a printout and it doesn't matter if is hand written or computer
generated. The prolbem is who has it and where it was left, not what
>The District's Training Chairman is a longtime computer "buff" and has
>made available his pc and software for the District's uses.
The rest of the comments about undelete files are irrelevent. The problem
here is why is the District useing someones personal computer rather than
having their own. If you have data that needs to be secure, then keep it
that way. Remember you trash is also not secure without a schreader!
>Okay...now for the highlight. Lots of local Councis have FIBBED to National
>about their membership and unit figures...
This has noting to do with computers its a problem for the local Council!
>If a unit wants to keep that kind of information on a database, fine...but
>insure that only those that REALLY NEED TO KNOW that kind of information can
Again this is the same advise with or without a computer.
>I have NEVER had any problem with the existing Troop, Team, Pack and Post\
>Ship Record Books...they make an excellent record, can be stored safely,
Hey remember the drawer the person left the printout in the above example.
I see no diffence in handle the information in either case.
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