I saw an article in the Palm Beach Post today that looked interesting. It seems that Florida is one of six states to work with Google, along with California, Arizona, Michigan, Utah and Virginia.

What you might ask are they doing? Well, by agreeing to a common standard produced by Google and other search engines like Yahoo, documents can be found by simple queries on a search engine, rather than navigating individual state Web sites.

So far, records from the departments of State, Workforce Innovation, Education, Environmental Protection, Business and Professional Regulation and Law Enforcement have been made search-engine friendly and other agencies’ records will be added in the coming weeks.

For those of you who are already thinking about privacy issues, rest assured that only records already publicly available can be searched in this fashion.


Thought I would take a few minutes to talk about one of my favorite newspaper columns. Do you ever read “The Technobuddy” columns? The Technobuddy, Bill Husted, writes for the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and is syndicated across the country. I read his columns every Sunday in The Palm Beach Post. Whether you are new to technology or have been around a while, you will find something of interest in his columns. You can also find him at his website or his blog

In one of his recent columns, (back in August) he talked about what he considered high-tech needs. Now you may or may not agree, but the Technobuddy considers that a wide-screen monitor, HDTV, an external hard disk, a digital camera and GPS are essential pieces of technology. I have to admit he makes some good points and I certainly agree with him about some of these needs.  The wonderful thing is that most of these things have come down in price and are actually within reach for the average person. Certainly a wide screen used to be a luxury, but now I would use nothing else! GPS sounds wonderful, but I am not ready to pay the price, but give it time….it, too will come down!

If you read The Palm Beach Post, you can find “The Technobuddy” in the Business section on Sundays and he has a Q and A column on Mondays also in the Business section. Check him out, not only will you learn something, but his columns are fun to read!

There was an interesting article in the Palm Beach Post on Sunday entitled “State holds millions in unclaimed property”. Of course, I had to read it. According to the article the state of Florida is holding about $1 billion worth of unclaimed property. This property can be anything from telephone company refunds, uncashed paychecks or the contents of safe deposit boxes that have not been touched in years. Any unclaimed cash is simply held until it is claimed and the interest is goes toward education.

Think you might be one of the lucky Floridians with unclaimed property? Check out the Florida Department of Financial Services Bureau of Unclaimed Property website. I did, and no, I was not one of the lucky ones, but I did find something for another family member!

Are you fairly new to the state or are you reading this from another state? There is another website officially endorsed by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) containing the official collective records from most state unclaimed property programs. Check it out! After all, what do you have to lose. I understand (according to the Post) a man in Sarasota had $300,000 returned!!!!