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Very sad hyena...

I love the BBC internet radio site. A lot of the best shows run friday-saturday, so the best thing about Mondyas, and part of what lets me scrape myself together to face another damn week at work is that I can go in, get all the tedious stuff done first thing, and listen to England for a few hours. It's really a great way to start the week.

What is NOT a great way to start the week is to find out first thing monday that the technazis have blocked every internet radio station. :( This is a terrible way to begin the week. *sigh*


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Jun. 13th, 2005 08:52 am (UTC)
Heaven forbid they actually help you get work done.

Have you thought about complaining? Would it do any good? Maybe if you started your complaint with, "The only thing that keeps me from starting each work week with a murderous rampage is..."
Jun. 13th, 2005 08:57 am (UTC)
I *have* started work on the "access forbidden site" paperwork, and have handed out a lot of that particular form to the other people I know of that listen to internet radio. "Itunes" is also blocked now, not that that one really affects me...
Jun. 13th, 2005 09:48 am (UTC)
Sadly, that's how things normally go. Someone complains about speed/latency of the network, or the IT guy notices a lot of traffic on certain ports or connecting to certain domains. A cursory check reveals 'no legitimate business reason for that traffic', and bammo, the site is banned, the port is blocked, and the IT guy looks like he's doing his job.

I came in to work one Monday to find *all* of my gaming pages and web comic pages on the forbidden list. Except, oddly, Dilbert.
Jun. 13th, 2005 10:12 am (UTC)
Well, there's allegedly an employee morale team, and I'm going to write them a letter along the general lines of "thanks for the movie ticket and employee ice cream party when I was on a diet, and Silly Hat Day, but you can do all the employee team-building and morale-raising you want, if you want me to be a happy employee, don't take away my radio stations, they keep me sane."

If they blocked LJ, I'd really snap, I think.
Jun. 13th, 2005 10:29 am (UTC)
If they blocked LJ, I'd really snap, I think.

Don't tempt the gods.

I love working where I do, nothing's restricted as long as no one complains about what you're lookng at... and even then, they only say something about it if it's soemthing wildly work-inappropriate. When one of my coworkers got uppity about me checking LJ one day, our boss told her to suck it up or she'd have to stop playing computer solitare every day.
Jun. 13th, 2005 11:21 am (UTC)
Yeah--Khime's theory about "this made some tech admin look good in his weekly reports" is probably true (I wrote to them about it, they said "blah blah network performance", so, sounds reasonable.

They waste a lot of time on morale-boosting activities, though, and this has REALLY screwed up my morale.
Jun. 13th, 2005 11:36 am (UTC)
I can imagine; I remember when they had to switch out my computer and they gave me one that can't play music (I have no idea why, I just know it hasn't been fixed) and I was a total crybaby about it until I thought to just bring in a CD player from home. Still not the same :( Good luck gettng your radio back!
Jun. 13th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
They had the web stations blocked already when I got here, though I'm not really sure why. We have more bandwidth then god and practically no end users. They don't restrict any web pages and praise the heavens they have no clue what WebSense is. I hate that f'ing company.

Good luck on getting your stations back Spotty.
Jun. 14th, 2005 05:37 am (UTC)
*sigh* It may happen, my boss is one of the people on the morale team, and he's willing to send some e-mails for me--but I'm not going to push too hard on this, it's not critical and I don't want to force someone to go to bat for me over what's basically a luxury :( Sigh. So, back to CDs...
Jun. 14th, 2005 07:45 am (UTC)
If worse comes to worst, as Whines to show you how to set up VNC at home and at the office and you can just browse LJ by proxy. It's what I'm doing. Beats having to clean my history every time we hold a NetMeeting. ;)
Jun. 15th, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC)
Assuming they don't block the ports VNC uses, or the protocol...

It's amazing what businesses do to spoil fun.
Jun. 15th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
SSH Tunnel! ;)
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