The corporate office recently decided to integrate a firewall to protect the confidential information of our patients from being hacked to kingdome come. There is also a content filter on our internet access.
As a result, I came in one day and found half of my bookmarks blocked by the filter for some of the most absurd reasons I’d ever heard. The online poker mags I read were blocked. “Category - Gambling.” A small, private board I belong to was blocked, “Category - Games.” Hm. Bizarre. There are games linked in the board, but no specific forum for games. Not a problem, the admin gave me the IP addy and we were off and running. None of these caused me much concern, I can live without poker til I get home at night, and our private board is small enough that I only check it once or twice a day. However.
You see where I’m going with this, don’t you? Yes, you do. The Dope was blocked. For the most hysterical of reasons. You’ll laugh, I promise. “This site has been blocked by the administrator for illegal content. Category - Pornography.” It is to laugh. Actually, it was to scowl, muttering to oneself “That. Is just. Ludicrous.” I was merely annoyed at first, figuring I’d find a way around it, but none of the normal workarounds was working. Going from the home page, linking from email, pinging an IP, NOTHING!! I was frantic. I got zero work done in two days looking for a way around that stupid, stupid filter. Then I tried to bribe the IT kid downstairs (who is a good boy, if a bit of a goofball. He always comes to me with “Mo, can you tell me why my wife is mad at me?” questions) with snickerdoodles. Didn’t work. After a very distressing week, i resigned myself to only being able to access the Dope from home.
As for here…I got more work done in the past two weeks than I ever have. Forgive me, I even tried a different board. It was like lithium to a heroin addict. The one good thing about it; it really made me appreciate the people here. My GOD, there are some sucky boards out there! I had no idea how spoiled I was.
At any rate. This morning I was browsing Wikepedia and came across a link to the Dope. Main page and forums. More out of habit than really expecting it to work, I hit the link. SUCCESS!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! Oh, it is GOOD to be home!!