Monday, November 30, 2009

Big Brother Is Watching

Hope everyone had a pleasant Turkey Day. Of course, that only applies to us Yanks living here in the good ol’ U.S. For the rest of you foreigners, you have another name for Thanksgiving…… I believe you call it “Thursday”.

Anyway, to the point of this post.

As I’ve said many times, I do 90 percent of my blogging while at work, instead of working. I guess if I were a decent sort, I would balance this by doing 90 percent of my work while I was at home, but somehow that never seems to happen.

Anyway, the Gestapo that I work for run something called Websense on our work computers. Websense is a wonderful bit of software that analyzes any website that a user happens to go to, and determines if it is “work appropriate”. If it ISN’T, then it prevents you from going there. You get nothing, nada, zip. And without even the common damn courtesy of a reach around.

Why am I bringing this up?

Because, it appears that Websense has finally started to catch up with my Blogging.

About 2 weeks ago, it started with Being Brazen. When I tried to read her blog here at work, I was surprised to see the dreaded Websense screen pop up with the pleasant words “The website you are attempting to reach is deemed as a personal blogging site and is prohibited.”

I thought that mighty strange, since I was still able to get to the other 30 or so blogs that I try to read at least once a week.

Then on Wednesday of last week, the hammer REALLY came down.

I now appear to be filtered from about 1/3 of the sites that I used to be able to access without any issues. Goodbye, Dr. Zibbs, Final Girl, and at least 10 others. And just when I thought we were starting to develop a meaningful relationship, too… :(

Anyway, I’m not sure why I have yet to be stopped from reading ALL my blogs, but I have no doubt that within the next few weeks, more and more of you will be blocked from me. Even more disheartening, I fully expect to be blocked even from Slydesblog before long.

So, what does that mean?

Really, not too much. I will just have to tear myself away from playing Left For Dead 2 a few nights a week to get my blogging done. I usually find the time to visit you all no more than once, sometimes twice a week anyway, so hopefully I won’t miss out on what you all have to say too much.

It kinda blows, but I know the world needs me too much to abandon you all. I’m a giver like that.

I just wanted to let you all know that, if I seem to have been coming around your way less than usual lately, that’s probably why.

Unless you happen to be Earl. I don’t go there anymore because his site just plain sucks.

24 comments:

Paige Stanton said...

That totally sucks! My work has been doing that lately too - a lot of sites are now "Blocked for Performance Impact". I get pissed off when I can't "fool around" at work and my productivity drops even lower! I haven't had any blog sites blocked yet, I'm sure that'll be next. Fuckers.

B.E. Earl said...

I don't need a sophisticated computer program to be told to stay away from Slydesblog.com.

Common sense tells me that.

(Yet here I am...)

Dr Zibbs said...

Slyde - This is your boss. As you know, we're very cheap here and refuse to pay for expensive software but we knew that YOU were up to something so we set up this trap for you.

If you could please collect your belongings in a cardboard box and exit the building I won't call security.

P.S. Make sure you return the box.

Dr Zibbs said...

BUSTED! It's me..Dr Zibbs.

And that does suck!

(And Earls comment had me rolling on the floor).

mo.stoneskin said...

Are you sure that Big Brother isn't reading the stats and is about to kick your ass?

Sue said...

What key words can we put in our blog template to "trick" the system into thinking it's "Work" related?

Slyde said...

paige: fuckers, indeed.

earl: common sense was never your strong suit.

zibbs: you had me there for a minute!

mo: could be. at this point, anything is possible...

sue: thats an excellent idea. i wonder if something like that could work...

GiGi said...

Bummer...!

2abes said...

sounds like work wants you to spend more time...working...that kinda sucks

sybil law said...

You hate me, I know it! WAAAH!!!

Vinomom said...

A couple of ideas...use an igoogle page and google reader to read your blogs - they shouldn't block a google home page. BUT that will not help you comment.

My other suggestion is to write your blog on a word format and then just email it to yourself. Then Wahlah! (or however you spell that) copy and paste and you're done!

Evil Twin's Wife said...

The Evil Twin's office is almost that bad...I expect it to come to that any time now.

Chris H said...

Dare I say "Ha bloody ha..!" YOu should be WORKING at work... now get back to it! LOL

Chris H said...

I presume I am now off the "blogs to read at home" list... sigh!

Cocaine Princess said...

Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving. As a foreigner I had a Happy Thursday.
No worries I still read your blog.

James said...

That's a bummer Slyde. I share your pain. At my work they block Facebook and Youtube. At the moment I can still get Blogger and all my wargaming forums.

Tamara said...

I think companies who have such strict web policies are demonstrating to their staff just how little they trust them. And it's been proven that a 10 minute web surfing break every hour increases people's productivity. The problem is keeping it to 10 min!

Secretia said...

It's happening at the workplace all over, the bastards want us to work at work now, Who's idea is that!

Secretia

terri said...

I'm glad you're a giver and will figure out how to continue supplying your addicts with a weekly dose of Slyde despite the restrictions at work. Bastards.

Bruce said...

We used to have websense at our office, but they have now opted for something a bit more security concious called Aptera. There have to be filter settings on these that they can tweek. Since Aptera filters out obvious porn sites and as well as other sites that have not real meaning at all (International Movie Database is one...WTF?). I know that one of the things that are going to be looking for is specific word content. So if you visit a sight that has the "F" word on it, you can pretty much kiss it good-bye.

Then again, since my site me blocked as well, you might not even be reading this. My solution....get and new Android / iPhone and browse the web free of those meatheads in ITD. I just took that leap.

Mik said...

Our work informed us today they have installed some McAfee stuff that will block certain sites and if so, we can email IT to unblock them if they are for work purposes.

They block streaming video quite a while ago.

Being Brazen said...

That really does suck...

Have a fabulous Wednesday x

meleah rebeccah said...

"I do 90 percent of my blogging while at work, instead of working"

yep. I did that. [back when I had a job!] that is, until I was busted, and blocked much like you are being blocked right now.

Hope you can find the time at night to blog the way you want to!

Nej said...

That really sucks dude! I'm waiting for the day when it happens here as well. :-(