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    So... my company recently clamped down on a lot of internet traffic, via a draconian "WebSense" policy, and this site has got caught in the crosshairs. So... my posting will be very intermittent (especially since I rarely have time to post during the weekends).

    I'll probably be checking in during my work hours on a rare occassion (like now), simply because there's one flaw in the websense wall: our wi-fi access point. Whenever I'm connected both over the office Lan and the Wi-fi, I think I get a second MAC that allows me to get around WebSense. But the wi-fi is... how shall I say... inconstant? It's a pretty crappy connection, and is usually not working.

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    Ah yes. WebSense, how I hate thee.
    WebSense is blocking many sites at work, inclusing this website because it falls in the category: "Message boards and forums."

    Working in an IT department we convinced our superiors we needed access to message boards and forums to research certain problems. The rest is history
    (this is definitely not a lie as we really do look for solutions on forums).

    WebSense is draconian... there's some workarounds though. Find a good anonymous webproxy (of course there's a constant war between WebSense and the proxies, so it's hard to find one that isn't blocked in the category "proxies") or plug in an internet phone and use it to browse the web. These solutions could get you in trouble of course

    I am kinda crusading against WebSense as the moment, as I work not only in the IT department, but specifically the internet department. It's sometimes difficult to do my job with all the sites that get blocked. For a recent project I had to visit some gambling sites for example. Joyous times where had by all, before I got access to those sites through the company network
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    Tried a proxy ?

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    Web nonsense more like....Hack 'em Karro....get your pipe to the CG and make it a good one!

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    I can understand why companies want to use Websense though. I know too many people who are wasting valuable time...

    Not me of course. Not me
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    Oh, and for a list of webproxies:
    http://www.tech-faq.com/proxy.shtml

    Probably all blocked by Websense though

    Disclaimer: using a proxy you might leak information to the proxy owner, so beware.
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    Setup your own private proxy... see web sense get that one heh heh. But if you so desire then look into port forwarding a bizarre port and hooking it up to a remote desktop like VNC with a strong password running at home - no more web sense woes. The issue is not getting around web sense but getting around company IT usage policy so that your job safe to do it.

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    Can't really set up a proxy at home (don't really have a regular network connection there). Anyway... not really sure I'm a capable hacker.

    But... here I am and I find, surprisingly, that the wifi is working just fine today. Which means I get a second MAC address and a work-around. I'm a bit confused, since for the past month the wifi has been spotty at best.

    Just in case, when I get time, I'll have to look into some options/solutions for when the wifi does go down (and I fully expect it to).
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    We have websence here at work and it blocked CG as well. Until I asked the guy in charge of the web security if this site is a problem to view. Once he had a look-through, he unblocked it.

    Just letting you all know that exceptions CAN (but not nessisarily will) be made to blocked sites. Worth a try I think.
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    At work they have www.cartographersguild.com blocked but not forum.cartographersguild.com and that makes my life much easier.

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