The best part is that our corporate overlords have not seen fit to tell us what sites are now officially forbidden. Fortunately, my co-workers and I have been spending a good part (all) of our day visiting the most popular URLs and reacting in alternating fits of glee and rage at finding them available or blocked.
Here are the top five sites that are now inaccessible, along with their impact on me:
MySpace - Umm…yeah, here's the thing. I'm in my 30s. I don't own a cell phone with a camera (another job-mandated edict). And, I hate everything about this site. Point #1 disqualifies me immediately, while points #2 n' #3 would keep me out even if I was 18 with an inexplicable need to type liKe tHIs.
All Streaming Audio & Video - XM Radio Online is no more. Ditto YouTube. Both losses sting a little, but I use both more at home than at work. My Oakland A's are also affected, though, as I ponied up the $15 for the "MLB Audio" package for the sole purpose of listening to day games while still on the clock. This would hurt more if my team was…y'know…good.
All Fantasy Football Sites - How in the hell did IT pull this off? I don't suppose it's possible that every relevant fantasy site is down today, is it? Simultaneously? Oh, this one sucks, my friends. Two years ago, a few co-workers
Inside Pulse: Nexus - I can access all of my favorite IP zones, except Nexus. Is "Nexus" some sort of taboo keyword out in the URL world? And, are we talking, like, "porn taboo" or something? If so, let me know. And, send links.
eBay - NO! Well, then again, I've been known to send electronic reminders to myself through Microsoft Outlook set for five minutes prior to an auction's end. But, it's not like I'd open eBay and hit refresh 50 times, just to vulture a bid in the last six seconds. In actuality, I was always too paranoid to cut it that close. ("What if I make a mistake?") I usually left about 15-20 seconds after placing a bid. The whole thing took the same amount of time as walking down the hall to fill my coffee cup. And, it's kind of a long hallway.
I'll tell you this, though…if they start prohibiting non-handicapped employees from enjoying the double-wide comfort and omnipresent newspaper of the handicapped bathroom stalls, I'm quitting.