My company blocked Facebook today. If it was supposed to prevent us wasting time at work, it backfired – at least in the Dev department! Naturally we took it as a challenge to see how quickly we could bypass the block!
The obvious route was via proxy browsers. That works, but it’s very slow. Mobile emulators work faster, if you’re happy to browse without CSS. A strange thing happens if you try to go via IP address: http://188.8.131.52 resolves to http://69.63.facebook.com which is completely useless on any computer! I’ve never seen *half* an IP address get resolved before. That’s weird!
One person’s solution is to connect back to their PC at home via Terminal Services! Message to all IT departments everywhere: you’ll never be able to block sites completely. All you’ll do is encourage people to find time-consuming and possibly dangerous workarounds!
I wouldn’t say i go on Facebook much at work anyway; when i do it’s just for a few minutes to send a quick message to somebody. If they block YouTube, then i’ll be upset!