Lowell Deeds

The latest on real estate recordings and new technology from the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds in Lowell

December 16, 2005

Some Bugs in the Blog

by @ 10:48 am. Filed under Website

We’re still working on the functionality of the blog. Right now, the links for comments and categories yield the standard “this page expired” web page. Please bear with us and submit any comments you may have by email.

In the meantime, I’m working my way through our two years of prior writings, assigning each to one or more categories. Once they’ve all been categorized and once that feautre is working, I’m sure you will find it very helpful.

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Wireless Access

by @ 10:45 am. Filed under Website, Registry Ops, Technology

Wireless Internet access at the registry of deeds might be coming soon. A customer who’s often here already flips open his laptop and logs on through someone else’s wireless network (I’m not sure whose) and does his title research on our website rather than our in-registry public access computers. What’s the point of doing that, you might ask? Cost and convenience are two things that come to mind. With the in-registry system, the only way you can obtain a document image is to print it at a cost of $1 per page, a fee set by statute. And that just gives you a piece of paper which is such a 20th Century-style way of holding information. From your home Internet connection, you can not only view that same document, but you can save it as an electronic image on your computer and, if you need to, print it on your own printer at no charge other than the cost of your paper and toner. By bringing your laptop to the registry and using wireless Internet access, you can have the benefits of the Internet with all of the registry’s information (not just the stuff that’s already on the computer) right at your fingertips. We’re exploring various services that could provide us with wireless service for a minimum fee. What we envision would be entirely separate from our network so it would not pose a security risk. The only other concern is whether we should restrict access to certain categories of Internet sites that might not be appropriate for viewing in a public building. I generally find censorship to be repulsive, but I’m also a realist.

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