Access Denied…

I’ve spent most of my work life so far in offices with internet access. Always accessable internet access. Until now neither a boss nor IT administrator told me, that access to any site is not permitted. Well, except for some “dangerous” sites, which I never wanted to access in the first place. But I never had a problem strolling around the internet, visiting here and there and especially the places I usually hang out. It’s not that I spent my work day doodling on the internet. I work on my assignments and doing all the stuff I have to. But there are coffee breaks and moments when you wait for the printing job to finish and so on :-)

So imagine my shock (yes, I have to admit it shocked me) when after my week away I came back to work this morning and had to find out that some (quite a few!) of my bookmarks are blocked, because they are of the “chat/social network” type. Allright I can exist without being able to check if there’s an update on my favourite fanfic. But of course this security filter also blocked…. yes, livejournal, twitter and I don’t know what else. I didn’t even try, because I felt caught doing something illegal…

I know, I shouldn’t complain because a lot of employees don’t have any sort of (private) internet access at work at all. But… Damn, I got so used to it. And I’m really really going to miss it. Of course I can twitter via my cell phone but that’s just not the same and rather complicated if you only want to send out a short tweet.

More miscellaneous reasons for me to be cranky today: a trial magazine subscribtion I didn’t even ask for, lousy weather, public transport problems and still suffering from side- and after-effects of the steroids. I couldn’t really get much work done at the office this morning, because my head felt like it was going to explode any minute. It didin’t hurt, it literally felt like it would explode. Some fresh air help though and now I’m finally home after a town council committee meeting and getting some groceries to finally stock my fridge. I’m skipping the green party meeting tonight and will try to relax at home with a simple dinner (nothing fancy but at least warm food prepared by myself) and in a few moments I’m watching the legal drama “Die Anwälte”. Thanks to DVR with time-shift :-)

And here are some random music and literature recommendation: Brandi Carlile (Grey’s 5.05 made me put her music on again and I still and again love it) and Zadie Smith. I finally started reading “White Teeth” this morning during my commute and just like I was with her novel “On Beauty” I’m once again totally blown away. Such a wonderful writer…

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2 responses to “Access Denied…

  1. Gab es denn bei Deinem Arbeitgeber einen bestimmten Anlass für das Sperren der Seiten? Oder hat er das “vorsorglich” gemacht?
    (Mein Chef hat mal im Verlauf des PCs sowohl ebay.de als auch studivz gefunden, und da der PC ausschließlich während der Arbeit und nicht in den Mittagspausen genutzt wird…sagen wir mal, he was not amused. Ich war heilfroh, dass ich nichts damit zu tun hatte.)

  2. Meinem direkten Arbeitgeber ist es im Prinzip ziemlich egal wohin ich surfe, aber wir sind IT-technisch nur “Mitnutzer” eines anderes großen IT-Netzwerks und dort wurde nun mal alles gesperrt. Und ich glaube, mein direkter Arbeitgeber hätte dann auch wenig Verständnis, wenn ich sage, ich möchte aber diese IT-Infrastruktur auch für eindeutig private Zwecke nutzen :-)

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