Saturday, September 02, 2006

Say it Ain't So

Have you ever surfed on a T-1 connection? There are really no words to describe the fabulosity of a fast Internet connection. At least I cannot come up with the words because I get all choked up when I try. I love it. that. much.

And hence, I love my job. Because at my job not only do I get to serve the public and help make our communities safer, healthier places to live, but more importantly, at work I have a T-1 connection. And during my two regularly scheduled government-supported breaks of 15 minutes each (no more no less), I use the Internet to catch up on my blogging. I check my e-mail, check my bloglines, and check in with all of you. And I can do it 2-3x as fast as I can at home.

But what's that overused saying...All good things must come to an end?

While at work last week, I tried to open my e-mail and saw this:

I couldn't believe my eyes. There must be some mistake, I thought. I cancelled out of the page, refreshed, and tried again. No dice. I was locked out of my e-mail. For good it seems.

I'd heard the office rumors about tightened Internet security policies. And I know it's only a matter of time until blogs are on the "restricted" list too.

So I'd like to dedicate this post to the memory of my T-1 connection, which served me well for many months. I'll miss you, my little T-1. I don't know what I'll do without you.

Please excuse me while I take a moment of mourning. *sob*


Anonymous Nancy said...

Oh, yes, I hear you. At my old government organization they did not filter web use -- except to block certain obvious porn sites -- but at my current one there's no access to webmail. And I also used to check Bloglines on my breaks, but it's gotten suspiciously slow these last weeks.

Fortunately, my connection at home isn't TOO bad, but it's no T-1 either. ;-)

3:17 PM  
Blogger metro mama said...

Oh, that sucks. Can you forward your email to an account you can access?

3:24 PM  
Blogger Mary-LUE said...

Here (hands over virtual tissue). There, there. It will be all right. (pats on back) Poor baby.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Zephra said...

I am mourning right along with you. You have my deepest sympathies.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous chelle said...

It is funny because i read more and more people that are totally unable to blog from work....that sucks :( Darn Porn users! Ruin it for the rest of you!!

4:24 PM  
Anonymous O Mama Mia said...

Ooohhhh... a moment of silence to mourn your loss. I had the absolute privelege of hitting the T-1 crackpipe once while I was visitting Hub at work. mmmm.... that was some good stuff.

5:13 PM  
Blogger julia said...

Oh dear. I worked for a company that restricted a ton of sites, too, including web email. It sucked. Luckily, they hadn't cottoned on to my blog reading and writing or I would have gone insane.

You have my deepest sympathies.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Sometimes I actually wish my employer would block blogs and bloglines. I feel a little guilty when I think of how often I surf blogs at work. Catholic guilt finds a way to seep into everything.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...


That stinks. It's just not fair. Such a waste.

I'll send you a memorial wreath for your now deceased work web surfing.

6:40 PM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

Nancy: gah, you totally know my pain.

Metro Mama: I tried accessing my yahoo e-mail account and my hotmail account and both are blocked so I think I'm out of luck. I could use my work email address for blogging but I think that would be crossing the line!

aseveremary, zephra: thank you for your condolences. :)

chelle: Yeah, I can't even get my porn at work anymore either!

omamamia: t-1 crackpipe. Yes, excellent way to put it!

Minnehaha mama: interesting point you bring up! Although I AM in mourning about this, part of me is relieved. At least now there is no temptation or worry about getting caught.

Mrs. Chicky: the memorial wreath sounds lovely. You are too kind. :)

7:11 PM  
Blogger Samantha said...

I too do my blogging at work! Fortunately I can access most of the blogs and my email, but sometimes our system blocks me out of certain things. It's never something that needs to be blocked though, it's always stupid stuff! Saw you over at Wendy's by the way :)

11:58 PM  
Blogger Tori said...

We had this same thing happen at our work recently. The buggers have restricted certain pages like MySpace, instant messenger etc...
Only the boring sites remain... so no more fast surfin' for me either and quite frankly.... it sucks!
What are we - children or something?

12:46 AM  
Blogger EC said...

Just another way to make work actually... well... completley work. Darn them!

4:25 AM  
Blogger The Flip Flop Mamma! said...

What ever will you do with your breaktime now??

I guess you'll have to start smoking. Heehee...LOL!

4:49 AM  
Blogger Damselfly said...

Oh, this is the saddest thing I've read all day. I can relate because my husband's office restricts access to certain sites, too.


8:15 AM  
Blogger Chantal said...

That sucks. Was your recreational internet surfing interupting your productivity at work? I doubt it. I guess some people take advantage and spoil it for the rest of you, eh?

We moved from a suburb where we had the fastest internet available to the "general public" to a farm where all we had was dial-up. It was like going off crack. I shook and swore a lot! Now we have a satelite connection and it's not bad, but it's not cable or DSL. Damn Hell.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

My company blocked all the snapfish, photosharing sevices last week. Blech. Makes me want to cry.

9:13 AM  
Blogger ...jus me said...

Hi Mommy, Wendy sent me...that's too bad about your email. Hope you have a great Labor Day!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Oh, The Joys said...

My husband was reading your blog over my shoulder and he said, "Hey, I get that same message on my computer at work when I try to read your blog."

Doesn't bode well for you, I'm afraid...

11:11 AM  
Blogger Rascal said...

Hello Mommy off the Record. I am here because Wendy directed Me. I don't know anything about margaritas and fast internet and jobs because I am a Cat. But I will take some Catnip tea if you have some handy. You can come visit Me if it will make you feel better.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Biker Betty said...

I saw your name at Wendy's Casting Call and came over to say "Hi." I see that you are also a fellow Blogging Chick, yea!! Sorry to hear about losing the T-1 connection. It sounded really neat.

1:57 PM  
Blogger Biker Betty said...

Hi, I'm back again to say "Wendy directed me here today," lol. This is lots of fun.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

those old meanies!!

2:52 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Oh, when I was at my old job, they did this to us as well. Same program, even. It totally sucks.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Melli said...

Ohhhhhhh that is just sooooo sad! I remember the day it happend to me too... never to return! I thought it was only SCHOOLS that did this though - I didn't realize OTHER places were being just as picky! At school we're locked out of anything that's not concidered "educational"... ugh!

Wendy sent me over to sympathize with you!

5:29 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

oooohhhhh....Big Brother.....sorry for you.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

My company used to restrict internet usage completely except two ten minute breaks and two 45 minute lunch breaks (of course we were only allowed to take one of the two). What they found was that their restrictions were so harsh, people were using one lunch break to access the internet and do what they needed to do, like pay bills or look up phone numbers and information, during one lunch break, and then taking off to eat during the other break. Since no one really monitors who takes what lunch break, there was very little to be done.

Needless to say, the company decided to ixnay the internet ban because in all reality, people were spending much less time popping on to check their checking account real quick than they were when they were taking their two lunches.

It's very high school, my company. But otherwise, it's a good place to work.

7:37 PM  
Blogger sunshinedaily4me_wuz_here said...

I feel your pain. I have a T-1line at work also and it is pure heaven. I did get DSL at home, finally, and that makes up for it mostly but it is so fast at my work. So far they haven't cut off my access...but if they do, I'll cry!!!

7:47 PM  
Blogger Waya said...

Damn, they finally caught on!! What a shame, and I'm doing the 5-minute of silence for your T-1 buddy!!

8:45 PM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

Thankfully, I have DSL at home. I was stuck with dial-up for a LONG time. I only just got DSL and when I first inquired about it my phone company told me I was 156 feet too far away from the satellite office to get the DSL. Yeah, that's no typo--156 FEET too far. I was like, "you're joking, right?" but they weren't joking. After calling almost ever DSL provider out there, I FINALLY found one that would give it to me--Earthlink. I have to pay more than I would through my phone company, but at least it's not dial-up. Blogging with dial-up is nightmarish. I did it for a few months and wanted to tear my hair out.

8:54 PM  
Blogger MommyWithAttitude said...

Oh no! Takes all the fun out of going to work...

9:23 PM  
Blogger Catch said...

My internet is through my cable...its pretty fast and it costs more but hey! I figure Im worth it! lol. Im sorry you cant blog anymore at work..that would really suck. I used to work in an office for 12 years but I never heard of blogging back then or I would have been doing it!!! ;))

11:17 PM  
Blogger h&b said...

eurgh !!

Reminds me of my last pre-baby office job. They did the same - hell, you'd get a work-based weblink in an email and they'd deign it 'not suitable'. Eh ? It came from the CEO, dickwads !

Upper Management at home is so much more kinder to my needs :)

12:45 AM  
Blogger sunshine scribe said...

Oh no that sucks!

Its the opposite at my work ... under funded charity with crappy internet connection ... so I never want to check emails or blogs there ... or maybe that's what they want me to think.

5:32 AM  
Anonymous krista said...

Ah, it was good while it lasted...

5:54 AM  
Blogger Chantal said...

MOTR, if my house was 156 feet from the line, I would move my house! LOL We are 5 kilometres away from the tower and the phone company said that if we wanted to pay $10K per kilometre, they'd set it up. I really did think about it for about 5 seconds.

7:23 AM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...


Can you get around it?

10:18 AM  
Blogger Artemis Rich said...

Will you hate me if I confess that I have a T-1 connection in my home? But I sympathize because I know how much I would mourn its loss.

8:12 PM  
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8:13 PM  
Blogger lildb said...

I hate them for your sake. (well, and mine, too, if it means you'll be around these parts less often.)

*HATE* them.

10:02 PM  
Blogger Brony said...

Boy that sucks.
If it makes you feel better you are not alone; I know of others who are unable to blog from work. So I ask you this,
without the faster connection and the ability to blog, what then is the point in even going?

11:15 PM  
Blogger Kira said...

time to hunt for a really small unpopular web-based email that that program doesn't know!

8:43 PM  

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