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Old 10-11-2010, 06:38 PM   #1
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One of the brighter spots of my work day is being able to read & respond to posts on this forum. After a week of vacation I retuned to the office to find out my IT folks have blocked access to this site.
Of the two or three non work sites I check out in the course of my day they had to pick the one that I get the most out of.
I know itís the companyís equipment & bandwidth but why this oneÖ
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:48 PM   #2
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Damn those IT geeks.
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:55 PM   #3
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Somebody must be posting porn thru the site .

Where I worked, any websites pertaining to firearms were blocked. Probably didn't want to give disgruntled employees any ideas.
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The powers that be where I work blocked ESPN and all their associate sites. That means I can't go to bassmasters to get fishing tips becuase the bassmasters is owned by ESPN. Yet there is no problem with going to Youtube or Facebook. What a load...
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:18 PM   #5
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Well, sometimes the I.T. department can get lazy and will they modify your "hosts" file to block you from that site. I've seen it quite a bit around my parts for blocking the facebook/myspace/twitter type sites and one day I overheard one of my leads say that they added the website to the hosts file to block it. So if you're curious, search for it (check the box for searching hidden files too) and then when you open it, use notepad to view the contents. It typically only has one entry in it (anything with a # in front of the line doesn't count...commented out), being "127.0.0.1 localhost", however if they used this to block, say espn.com...you would also see an entry like this: "127.0.0.1 www.espn.com".

<hint: save a copy of this file before modifying it...just in case a cat lands on your keyboard just before you hit the delete key.>

So, if you delete the one line with the website you're being blocked from and then save the file changes...close all your web browsers and then reopen and try it again...it might just work. No guarantees, just sayin'...could be....

For windows xp users, the file is located here: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc



Reference for anyone curious about the hosts file: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosts_%28file%29 My reference above pertains to the section labeled "Internet resource blocking"

Proceed at your own risk
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Yeah, I work for the federal government and I have to log in each time I use a computer so I am pretty sure I won't be messing with any files, they can track who does what and I only have 5 years to go to retire.
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yea, good call.

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And if the IT department is on the ball, they'll refresh your hosts file every time you log in, aside from blocking things at the gateway.
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Old 10-12-2010, 12:08 AM   #9
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yeah we hate those guys
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I thought that was why they call it work and not happy fun time!
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