Scott Hanselman

Websense update - I'm not banned anymore!

July 31, '06 Comments [4] Posted in Musings
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A number of readers have emailed recently saying that the oppressive regime that is their IT department had banned this blog via their Websense tool because it was categorized as "Personal Web Sites; Society and Lifestyles."

I'm pleased to announce:

Thank you for writing to Websense.

The site you submitted has been reviewed.  We have made an update to the following URL in our master database to address this issue: - Information Technology

Categorization updates should be available in the next scheduled publication of the database.  A new database is published every business day, five days a week, Pacific Standard Time.  You should notice any updates referred to in this message within 72 hours.

Thank you for your assistance,

The Websense Database Services Staff

Yay! Welcome folks from behind the wall.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006 5:46:34 PM UTC
Interesting.. We use Websense and your site is not blocked and we have strict rules. Many 'technical' blogs are blocked. Even is blocked! unless you have a business need. (I work for a major financial institution)
Tuesday, August 01, 2006 6:47:18 PM UTC
Since I'm one of the several who emailed you, I'll chime in...

Our organization uses SurfControl ( It wasn't that or was blocked, it's that was categorized as "peer-to-peer" and was blocking all requests, even HTTP. That's interesting to me since perseus is just a web server - Carl's torrent tracker is actually

So it wasn't just Hanselminutes that was the problem, it was all of Carl's content (DNR, DNRTV, Mondays), too. That said, I'm about the only person in my organization who is hardcore enough to listen to Hanselminutes and DNR religiously. Since I download my podcasts at home to listen to in the car, I never noticed they were blocked at work until I asked my teammates to listen to the Scrum episode.

So, long story short, SurfControl has labeled Carl's media server as a peer-to-peer server and should probably be contacted, too.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006 1:57:36 PM UTC
I use Websense and your site is not blocked too.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006 6:24:30 PM UTC
Weird, Kim. The Websensse folks said it was. Is there a "low versus high" option?
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