[BALU] OT Limiting internet

Jim Vines jgoodguy at charter.net
Fri Jun 1 10:56:55 CDT 2007


Here is what I would do.

1.  Get management to put out a wmail detailing what the internet usage 
is supposed to be. 
2.  Send out a email that says that if this is not done that 
restrictions will be put on everyone's usage and that a log of access 
abuses will start on some date for public display. 
3.  Get software to block accesses to sites that the abuser(s) are 
abusing. 

If windows, zone alarm will block accesses to websites. 

Jim



Jim Vines wrote:
> Sometimes, it is best to use a tech rule.  The reason is both moral 
> and legal.  If x cannot surf then a-v cannot also.  There is the 
> problem of documentation, to fire someone, you need doc.  Also where 
> is the rule that tells when surfing affects a job or how much is legal 
> under the house rules.
> My guess is that surfing to some extent is legal, but vague to where 
> the upper limits are.  Management is taking the 'economic' way out.  A 
> wrongful dismissal law suit can hit the 100K$ boundary rather 
> quickly.  Proper documentation can take months.
> So the economical route, best to the organization is to use tech.
>
> Jim
>
>
>
> Jason Sandlin wrote:
>> Dan, I agree completely and in a perfect world or at least a better 
>> world that would work. In my world it won't. All the Bosses here 
>> avoid confrontation like the plague. If an employee is troublesome 
>> the just move them around where they are someone elses problem. I 
>> know it's not right but it's also not uncommon.
>>  This isn't an IT problem either, if you boil it down to just the 
>> facts Then here it is.
>> I am sick of people bitching about this person surfing and shopping 
>> on the web all day and not working. Everyone working with this person 
>> has stated there opinion with her but face it. If the boss won't do 
>> anything then she doesn't care. So I plan to make her surfing 
>> miserable. It may not fix the problem but it will make me happy. 
>> (insert devil smiley) :P
>>  This is a windows box she is on and the network is setup with a 
>> cheap router that I don't believe can throttle bandwidth on only one 
>> client.
>> If it were up the the people working here this person would be fired. 
>> But allas the ass kissers end up in charge and most of them are 
>> spineless.
>>
>> Sorry if that sounded like a rant.
>>
>> On 6/1/07, *Dan Willson* <ponyboy at uab.edu <mailto:ponyboy at uab.edu>> 
>> wrote:
>>
>>     Maybe I'm missing something, but ... Why again is this IT's
>>     problem? It sounds like you were asked to supply a tech solution
>>     when what management has is an obvious human resources issue
>>     they're refusing to address. There's a nut loose between the chair
>>     and the keyboard — let HR or the big boss fix it by making a
>>     policy and then enforcing it through quarterly reviews and/or some
>>     other regular process (someone set up an HR cron job or something
>>     ;-). Sorry if that's not the answer you wanted, but management
>>     shouldn't be coming to you for a solution to an employee problem —
>>     you should be going to management about this employee's problem,
>>     and that should be the last you ever hear about the subject.
>>
>>     As an aside, why do so many managers suddenly get touchy-feely
>>     when it comes time to tell an employee what they can and can not
>>     do while on the clock? And my sincere apologies for being the
>>     world's youngest curmudgeon ....
>>
>>     Dan
>>
>>
>>     On 6/1/07 7:58 AM, "Jason Sandlin" <crane.aswp at gmail.com
>>     <mailto:crane.aswp at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>
>>         Are there settings in Firefox or IE that can limit the speed
>>         of the browser? We have someone here at work that spends too
>>         much time surfing and not working. So they want to slow down
>>         the internet so it difficult to use. I wasn't sure if this is
>>         possible on the client end. I have been looking at proxy
>>         servers but I have't found a public one that works yet. I
>>         can't build a proxy box or throttle the router or modem
>>         because there are some here that need the bandwidth.
>>
>>         Any suggestions?
>>
>>
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