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Rebel Web

Be a rebel. Follow the footsteps of the Confederate Army by using the Civil War maps available online at the Library of Congress' Web site. Dixie Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson used many of the maps to plan combat strategies.

The library bought the maps from the granddaughter of Maj. Jedediah Hotchkiss, who served as a topographic engineer in the Confederate Army.

Hotchkiss drew detailed topographic maps, including one of the Shenandoah Valley that shows the offensive and defensive points from the Potomac River to Lexington, Va.

The collection consists of 341 sketchbooks, manuscripts and annotated printed maps, the originals of which reside in the library's Geography and Map Division.

E-mail pet-peeves

E-mail is one of those wonderful inventions that can be maddening at the same time. And a new study shows what maddens us the most: large files and unnecessary messages.

The responses suggest that less is more when it comes to office e-mail.

The survey, conducted by the Creative Group of Menlo Park, Calif., polled advertising and marketing executives. Of the 250 people who responded, 29 percent said receiving large unsolicited files is the most annoying aspect of communicating with business contacts online.

Another 29 percent cited being copied on superfluous "reply all" messages as the most irksome.

OCC needs you

Are you a saver? Are you well-organized? Do you love history?

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is looking for a records management specialist to develop policies and procedures for managing its official records.

The eight-page job vacancy announcement -- that's shorter than most -- states that a relocation allowance is available. To generate interest, the ad gives job seekers more than standard boilerplate language.

The person hired for this job will get to stay abreast of the latest technologies and best practices in records management and will train staff members and records coordinators to carefully maintain official government records.

The person will also conduct special studies and analyses of problems that arise in managing records.

Sound like fun? The pay ranges from $58,396 to $105,111 a year. Doors close Nov. 4.

Your favorite TV fed

One of those "D'oh!" moments: The Council for Excellence in Government has an online poll asking who your favorite TV fed is.

We have posted the link on FCW.com Download's Data Call at www.fcw.com/download and blogged about it. Check out the online poll and let us know how you voted and why.

Questions include:

  • "Who is your favorite government-themed character on entertainment television today?" The choices include White House Chief of Staff C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) on "The West Wing" and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland) on "24."
  • "If the following TV characters were actually running for president, whom would you vote for?" Choose from among Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen), Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits) and Arnold Vinick (Alan Alda), all of "The West Wing"; Mackenzie Allen (Geena Davis) of "Commander in Chief"; and David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) of "24."
  • Who is better at solving crimes, the detectives from "Law and Order" or their counterparts on "CSI"?
  • Who was the better mailman, Cliff Claven (John Ratzenberger) from "Cheers" or Newman (Wayne Knight) from "Seinfeld"?

NYPD podcasts

From the cool stuff department: The New York City Police Department is podcasting. The NYPD posts audio files weekly. A recent one included road closings and an interview with the city's new anti-graffiti czar.

Find the link on FCW.com Download's Data Call at www.fcw.com/download.

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