Episode 13: Websense has the Power

Don’t you think that because I’m in IT, I have all the computer powers? It’s not true; this is no Castle Grayskull and I do NOT have the power. Websense does.

It is because of this power wielded by our web security application, that I cannot reply to Facebook wall posts or leave comments on your blogs… at least not while I’m at work. Websense blocks me. It’s mean, I know. So I’ve had to find ways around it.

Way #1: Set up my phone to access Facebook.

I used to think it was rather silly to post statuses, pictures, wall posts, etc, using your cell phone. Really? My Facebook friends need to be THAT connected? And then I started doing it, too. It all happened when Shawman sent me a Facebook message about meeting up at the gym to get buff. Facebook emailed me to let me know, “Hey, your friend wants to go to the gym tonight, but you can’t reply because you’re at work. Ha!” So later that night, after not going to the gym because I couldn’t respond to Shawman in a reasonable amount of time, I set up my phone for posting to Facebook. It was ONLY because it was a necessity for my super buff muscles. And now I update my status every now and then about blog updates because I really just want people to stop in and leave comments about how AWESOME and FUNNY I am.

Way #2: Emailing my comments

I do have my RSS reader ( so I can keep up to date on blogs although pictures don’t display. Sometimes, after reading the latest entry on Kaakun’s blog, I really really want to comment. Probably this is because I was mentioned and therefore, I will feel the need to share my opinion on myself. But I can’t. Remember? Websense DENIES me. I therefore email Kaakun.

Example email from June:

ME: You should also offer a link to said blog. And I feel the same. I keep on forgetting that it is not Friday and I don’t know why I’ve been a day ahead all week. It sucks.

(This was in reply to his blog entry about realizing it was still Thursday because of my ‘Therapy Thursdays’ installment.)

KAAKUN’S REPLY: whatever… you hawk your blog all over your facebook jajaja… I don’t feel the need to contribute.

MY REPLY: Geez… thanks for the love.

KAAKUN’S REPLY: whatever… its not like anyone reads my blog anyways.

MY REPLY: I don’t believe you. How many hits do you get every day? And since I read it, it matters. I only read entertaining blogs, but perhaps I only find it entertaining when it’s about me because according to my therapist, I’m narcissistic (perhaps I should discuss this next week).

KAAKUN’S REPLY: Anywhere from 1-8… No thanks to those on feeders… jajajjaajjaa… But it’s probably the same 3-4 people checking in… just twice a day… because when the new is hitting fast and furious… I’m on top of my reporting.

Way #3: Post comments when I get home

This rarely happens because by the time I get home, I check work email and then go to bed. Yawn.