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Stibbons
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Icon 1 posted June 18, 2009 12:28      Profile for Stibbons   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
So I'm about to do the annoying "I'm not quite sure what I want, but fix it anyway" thing, but hear me out... [Smile]

My gf has exams coming up. The only problem is, she spends just about all her time on facebook. It's like an addiction or something. I'm trying to make her stay off there, but she keeps giving in to temptation. So is there any way I can block facebook on her PC?

There may not be a simple answer, but I was thinking block access to the range of IP addresses that facebook uses. But I wouldn't have the faintest clue how to do this in Vista. So if you could give me a hint as to how to do this, or even think of a better way of achieving my goal of preventing access to facebook, then I'd love to hear from you!

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Icon 1 posted June 18, 2009 13:55      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The inevitable breakup may not be worth it

Probably better to just edit the hosts file and point www.facebook.com to 127.0.0.1

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Icon 1 posted June 18, 2009 14:36      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Does she use Firefox?
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4476

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Icon 1 posted June 18, 2009 16:46      Profile for CommanderShroom     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Stibbons:

My gf has exams coming up. The only problem is, she spends just about all her time on facebook. It's like an addiction or something. I'm trying to make her stay off there, but she keeps giving in to temptation. So is there any way I can block facebook on her PC

Not unless you want to write.

My ex-gf was pissed at my meddling on her computer.

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Icon 1 posted June 18, 2009 17:05      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
_______________________ Stibbons _______________

____ As mean as this sounds, it is all about choice, if SHE chooses to fail at higher education, she will.

____ If you prevent her from following her own path SHE will resent you, and you will be writing about how to get her back.

____ YOU can not rescue someone that does not want to be rescued. Some people want to fail to get out of a situation, that they find unpleasant.

____ Are you the unpleasantness?

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Icon 1 posted June 18, 2009 17:49      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Aside: I should've said it before - any of these steps are clever, but only should be done with her consent.

i.e. If the two of you are talking, and she says "Ugh, I'm spending too much time on Facebook instead of studying," then you would be welcome to say "Hey, I can block it on your computer to resist the temptation."

Anything else is just plain rude.

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Icon 1 posted June 18, 2009 20:33      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
Aside: I should've said it before - any of these steps are clever, but only should be done with her consent.

Even if she asks, don't think you can do it without her making your life hell.

</experienced-married-man>

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Icon 1 posted June 18, 2009 20:35      Profile for MacManKrisK     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Set her up with OpenDNS (OpenDNS account needed for this to work) and it can filter whatever sites you ask it to.

OpenDNS is actually pretty neat, it does a lot of cool things.. More Info.

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quote:
Originally posted by MacManKrisK:
OpenDNS is actually pretty neat, it does a lot of cool things.. More Info.

...yes, like track every site you visit on the Internet, and link it to *you.*

No thank you. Frankly, I was quite disturbed by their open offers to use them when the Kaminksy DNS issue arose. They sound lovely, but I'm very wary of a service like that which is 'free.'

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Stibbons
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Icon 1 posted June 19, 2009 02:54      Profile for Stibbons   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
i.e. If the two of you are talking, and she says "Ugh, I'm spending too much time on Facebook instead of studying," then you would be welcome to say "Hey, I can block it on your computer to resist the temptation."

Oh yes, that is pretty much what happened. I have been explicitly asked to make her work, and as the majority of her time is spent just chatting to people as a major part of that we have a "no facebook or MSN during the day" rule, which I end up policing by sitting on fb chat at work checking she doesn't pop up (which she invariably does [Roll Eyes] )

Blocking facebook is the best solution I can come up with, and she has agreed to trial it if I can figure it out...

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quote:
Originally posted by GrumpySteen:
The inevitable breakup may not be worth it

Heh, it took me a minute to figure out how to circumvent it, just get some spare power cables, and when Mum arrives, reconnect the devices to The Voltbot™ [Razz]

Sibbons, you may use a router to enact a web use policy, or as some said earlier, edit the hosts file.

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