March 16th, 2009 by elizar
Internet is a common thing nowadays. There is internet in everywhere we go and the access to it is also pretty easy to get. With so many website flocking the internet today, parents are alarmed because even a child can access the untamed, wild places of the internet.
Fortunately there is KidZui, an internet browser specifically made for children.
Usually what we parents do (yes folks, your Sysadmin is a dad) is to blacklist all the harmful and inappropriate sites in the net, but as you know, the internet has boom and it is growing like wildfire. And we can’t always filtered out those bad sites (pornographic, violence etc) with the uncontrollable growth of the internet.
What the folks in Kidzui did was, instead of filtering out or blacklisting those sites not suitable for children, they instead whitelisted those that are definitely child-friendly websites.
How did they do it? How did they compile those websites that are educational, entertaining and absolutely for safe for children?
During that time, the company has hired around 200 teachers and parents from across the United States to scour the net for appropriate sites and content. So far they’ve whitelisted about 500,000 websites, as well as many videos found on YouTube. Spiders have helped to gather this content, but ultimately all of it was reviewed manually by humans.
That’s from TechCrunch.
My son has been using Kidzui for a month now, and I must say that the application is impressive… It even has this reporting thing that is being sent to the parent’s email… to know which sites the child is browsing.
Kidzui really is amazing, it has potential.. More power to Kidzui… You are doing children and parents and the whole internet community a great thing.
March 14th, 2009 by elizar
Everybody seems to be twitting these days. I have a twiter (twitter) account, I am assuming that you too twit. All of my friends are on twiter and most of the people here at work are all twitters.
Micro blogging, as twiter I guess is categorized, has becoming more and more popular. Maybe because it’s faster and more convenient to say what you want to say or share the things you want to people in just a few strokes of the keyboard.
Here’s what I read in Tech Crunch About the amazing growth of twiter user in the United States:
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March 10th, 2009 by elizar
Do Not Prompt Password for SUDO: NoPasswd, here’s a quikie, quikie post… How do you setup a sudo for a user without prompting the user for his password?
Simply add NOPASSWD before the list of commands…again NOPASSWD goes before the list of commands, after your username and host list. The man page has this example:
ray rushmore = NOPASSWD: /bin/kill, /bin/ls, /usr/bin/lprm
Where ‘ray’ is the username, ‘rushmor’ is the host and the rest, you know already….
March 6th, 2009 by elizar
Youjizz, Jizzhut, Youjiz and JizzOnline Video and Download are the new terms that the proxy server had detected that my users have been surfing over the internet for a while (I wonder where they get all these websites).
Really, as a SysAdmin, one of the major responsibility is to ensure that my end users are productive and are not waste company resources (time, internet etc.). And watching streaming video of youjizz or jizzhut, jizzonline and other variation will not help the employees with their work.
As usual, it’s time to update the proxy server access list and keyword filter. It’s time to block the traffic that is going to youjiz related sites.
Nothing personal really, it’s just a job.