Boing Boing blogger Cory Doctorow linked to a blog post about Ethan Zuckerman’s encounter in Western Massachusetts with an enumerator doing address canvassing for the 2010 United States census. Zuckerman interviewed the census worker about the Harris HTC, the handheld device used to confirm addresses and map locations in preparation for the 2010 census.
I’m doing that exact same job (for another week and a half, anyway) with the exact same machine! Check me out, I have a direct connection to something written about someone on a blog that was linked by Boing Boing. That’s no less than one level teaspoon of sweet sweet Internet cred added to my gallon jug of super-stardom — make no mistake, people!
Cheerful sarcasm aside, check out the post for a review of the Harris HTC and a little background on just how such a device ended up in the hands of half a million temporary government employees.
Minor quibble with Zuckerman’s post: the device only requires a finger swipe, tapping to agree to the user agreement, and answering one security question, not three, every time you turn it on…
Fun side note: the enumerator interviewed did a big no-no: we’re not supposed to show anyone the screens of our HTCs unless they too are employees of the Census sworn to uphold Title 13.