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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Work- now with 20% less fun!

I work for a professional organization, with a constantly changing corporate structure, and rules, standards, and policies galore.

Since the rulemakers can't be everywhere at once the good folks in the IT department have set us all up with some sort of internet filter - which blocks out all the fun, non-worky type web sites and allows us to visit the more boring, useful type sites.

For example:
We can visit CNN's home page, but the sports section is blocked.
We can go to yahoo to look up a phone number, but cannot visit their music section.
We can use google, but gmail is off limits.

The software also gives you a reason for the block:
Homestarrunner is classified as "useless,"
whereas MP3Sparks registers as a "music/entertainment site."

Since the web is constantly changing this software is updated frequently, and as such, I have to keep finding new sites to visit during my downtime or when I need a break.

I used to enjoy listening to NPR podcasts while I worked - but as of today those are blocked now. Very disappointing.
No more LOLCATS either - too bad, thoze catz iz funni!

Odd Todd and XKCD still seem to be flying under the radar for now, and amazingly blogger is working too (at least for now.)

OK, my break is over - post your favorite (non-blog) websites in the comments if you like!



At 2:12 PM, Blogger PsychoToddler said...

First of all, welcome back. Now I'm sure your productivity will plummet to its usual pre-blog-out level.

Homestarrunner useless??

I don't know how anyone can get work efficiently in an office if they haven't seen this training video.


At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did I know that PT would be first to respond with the homestarrunner reference...

What if you try to view these pages with one of the translator pages? Sometimes you can work around the blocks....

At 3:30 PM, Blogger Holy Hyrax said...

oh my god
oh my god

another post.

oh yes.....here comes that high I was longing for.


anyways, I always enjoy x-entertainment.com

Its for all us people that really enjoyed stuff from the 80's

At 4:11 PM, Blogger Rafi G. said...

yet they let you have access to blogger???

At 11:24 AM, Blogger Jack Steiner said...

Boing Boing

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At 12:19 PM, Blogger and so it shall be... said...

Heeeeey ...

When did you sneak back into the building? I though the jBloggosphere was dead or dying.

I wont plug the post I wrote last week (plug, plug) but I did sort of feel cyber tumbleweeds rolling by as I hit POST.

Welcome back.

At 9:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring the IT guys & gals chocolate-chip cookies and they may unblock your account.

Homestarrunner is classified as "useless,"

How wrong. It is actually far more useful than CNN.

At 8:50 AM, Blogger Shifra said...

I spoke to a friend in IT (Rule #1 always make friends with the IT guys), they can't even unblock their OWN accounts. Usually IT guys rule the company but not here, everyone is too afraid of breaking the rules.

At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. As an IT person, I would refuse to work at a company where I didn't have God-like powers. Boy, "root" just doesn't mean anything anymore, does it?

At 4:56 PM, Blogger megapixel said...

glad to see you back after a long pause

At 9:52 AM, Blogger Elie said...

My workplace inexplicably took away blogger access for several months, and just as inexplicably restored it a few weeks ago. It made no sense all along; if they were trying to prevent time-wasting activities they should have (IT forbid!) blocked access to the blogs themselves, not to blogger.

At 3:43 AM, Blogger Hila said...

www.gofugyourself.com (not dirty, i promise--- celeb gossip :-))

www.pogo.com (free game site)

www.facebook.com (lots of little apps that allow you to play games and stuff, along with being able to connect with friends)

www.wikipedia.org (ok maybe i'm just an uber-nerd but i get serious enjoyment out of wiki-ing random things from celebrities to the culture of albania :-))

www.pandora.com (free radio, won't always play the exact song/artist you request but creates a playlist based on the characteristics of the music you searched for)

At 10:57 AM, Blogger Elie said...

I was listening to Pandora at work for a few months, and had several stations defined. But then they started blocking it! So now I listen to this instead.

At 12:59 PM, Blogger Scraps said...

Welcome back! It's nice to see you blogging again. :)

When I'm bored, sometimes I'll look up book titles on Amazon.com and then click on all the titles of books "if you like this book, try these!" and add them to my library list. (Yes, I AM a nerd.)

At 2:18 AM, Blogger Rebecca said...

This Is Just to Say

I have eaten

the plums

that were in

the icebox


and which

you were probably


for breakfast


Forgive me

they were delicious

so sweet

and so cold

-----------bymaple story account


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