Are You At Work When Surfing This Site?


July 17, 2009, 11:46 AM
I know I take gun magazines to work with me and read them on my lunch hour, but I never get to surf because the IT Boys have this site blocked.

70% of the engineering department visits my filing cabinets and grabs a gun magazine to read throughout the week and everyone ask me what's new in guns. (Like I'm Mr. Wizard of the gun world)

My question is: Do you surf this site during work hours? Don't worry I'm not your boss and if I were, I'd give you a raise.

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July 17, 2009, 11:47 AM

July 17, 2009, 11:48 AM
Check positing times. ;)

July 17, 2009, 11:50 AM
Yes...I mean this a set up?

July 17, 2009, 11:54 AM
I never get to surf because the IT Boys have this site blocked.
RDP to an offsite machine listening on port 443 or SSH over the same port. (3389, 22 etc. are blocked)

July 17, 2009, 11:57 AM
I did before I got laid off in February. I was the IT guy in a two person office, so it's not like IT was going to "block" me. I got the boss into shooting. We're looking at importing bullets and loaded ammunition to make up the lost business that made it necessary to lay me off.

Jorg Nysgerrig
July 17, 2009, 11:57 AM
RDP to an offsite machine listening on port 443 or SSH over the same port. (3389, 22 etc. are blocked)
IT departments can and do track this sort of thing and circumventing access control is almost always grounds for immediate termination.

July 17, 2009, 12:03 PM
Where I work, access is blocked to 'unacceptable' sites with the warning, "internet usage is monitered". Big brother is watching.

July 17, 2009, 12:04 PM
Ah, no. when I'm at work, I work. Funny concept, hey? Some of us Americans actually work, no kidding.

July 17, 2009, 12:12 PM
No, and I lost all my guns in a boating accident.

July 17, 2009, 12:24 PM
I'm ashamed? to say yes. The bulk of my THR activity happens weekdays 9-5.

I'm the boss here, and I also do the IT jimmying to the four computers here.

Recently, I determined that I spend more time here than I should. Somebody's got to run this company and that person is me.
I've decided to leave the THR community alone when duty calls, but I bounce back in here when I'm waiting for the next fire to put out.

Over the course of this very post (took me 10-15 minutes or so to complete), both my salesmen have come into my office to discuss a few things (one twice), I spoke to my corporate office about a billing issue, and had to make a call about that issue to the pertaining business. I took a call from a contractor that we work for, and dispatched another one of my employees to other duties. Now, if I can just finish this post, I'm off to do a couple important things.:D My P11 will be with me through it all. :D

You'll rarely see me here after hours or on the weekend because I have dial-up at home.:barf:
But I do sometimes dial-up THR from home when I'm bored or need some info.

July 17, 2009, 12:31 PM
Of course. This is not a site that is offensive, and occasionally has information interesting to my work.

July 17, 2009, 12:42 PM
I,m at work now I dont have the time at home.

July 17, 2009, 12:47 PM
Depends on what you mean by "at work". Sometimes I work from home, and have unfettered internet access. I haven't tried accessing THR from a work computer yet. However, I got a new iPhone so I have access from anywhere, now.

July 17, 2009, 12:51 PM
Sites are categorized. One category is "weapons". Some places block them, others do not. Most weapons sights are not objectionable but very few places need information on weapons so they block them simply to cut down on surfing. Frequently the blocking software says "objectionable" for lack of another term.

We are fixing to block stuff that a) takes up a lot of peoples' time like social networking, movie streaming sites, etc. We're going to leave YouTube because there is valuable medical information out there believe it or not.

We don't block weapons sites because a) we do not find them objectionable, b) they tend not to take up much bandwidth, and c) they do not represent a very high proportion of internet use. Our corporation is approximately 80% female which probably helps that number (although undoubtedly the most accomplished competitive shooter in the entire corporation is a woman). We are a corporation of 18,000+ employees and about 10,000 PCs...nearly all with internet access.

The number one non-business use of the internet is our corporation is on-line shopping, followed by porn which goes to great lengths to hide itself and thus is not so easy to block.

July 17, 2009, 12:52 PM
I work from home (IT support), so yes, I get to browse :)

July 17, 2009, 12:58 PM
I like the honest answers I am getting. What do you have to lose anyhow by being honest with other shooters. Tell your boss I said it was okay to give you a raise.

July 17, 2009, 01:09 PM
Just at lunch, or before work. Like right this minute.

I don't during hours I'm supposed to working, that wouldn't be right.

Lots of shooters where I work, so I'm not working with the enemy.

July 17, 2009, 01:18 PM
All the good stuff is filtered.

July 17, 2009, 01:25 PM
Use a proxy if your firewall doesn't filter them.

July 17, 2009, 01:27 PM
I make all my employees sign a paper when they are hired that personal business is not to be conducted while on company property.
This includes the use of cell phones and computers.

I expect 8 hours work for 8 hours pay.
If your not busy or run out of work I expect the employee to let their supervisor know theres a production or service problem.

When confronted about emergency cell phone calls in case someone is injured I reply the call can go thru the company switch board.

You get one warning after that your gone.

I've not really had much problem except with unskilled labor types. They seem to be a dime a dozen.

I pay 40% more that the going rate and give bonuses for exceeding production schedules.

Most don't get it until they pay the bills on what lost production time can cost a company.

If your allowed, go for it.

Boba Fett
July 17, 2009, 01:28 PM

But then again, I sort of am the boss, employee, mail room clerk, accountant, etc. etc....

July 17, 2009, 01:32 PM
The only time I can get on the internet is at work, no access at the house. Besides got have something to do when business is slow.

July 17, 2009, 01:34 PM
Yes. Actually, I have 4 tabs open to different websites.

But, when there is work to do, I do it first.

July 17, 2009, 01:40 PM
Same here, don't have time when I get home, too much other crap to of the benefits of admin.

July 17, 2009, 01:45 PM
Seeing as I'm in school that's a definite no.

July 17, 2009, 01:45 PM
I work in the firearms industry. So yes I'm here at work.

July 17, 2009, 01:48 PM
I'm on here at work, but I'm one of the sys admins. I'm monitoring myself.

Lou McGopher
July 17, 2009, 02:13 PM
Put me down as yet another IT admin who surfs at work.

July 17, 2009, 02:32 PM
I take a couple surf breaks while I'm on the job which probably add up to fewer minutes per day than are spent by those who go out for smoke breaks. Sometimes the brain just needs a breather, and so I spend 5 or 10 minutes on a quick google search of something that caught my attention, or I look at a thread on a forum, or I play a game.

July 17, 2009, 02:33 PM
not tellin'

July 17, 2009, 02:40 PM
Most of the time it may not be "high road" to be on the Highroad site at work. In fact, this site is probably blocked on numerous company systems.

July 17, 2009, 03:05 PM
Of course!

July 17, 2009, 03:12 PM

Except when I do... :cool:

July 17, 2009, 05:24 PM
Yes. A couple times a day.

July 17, 2009, 05:41 PM
Well considering I manage a restaurant, during the middle of the day things get mighty slow for me. So yes Im on at work.

July 17, 2009, 05:52 PM
My workplace is a little bit bipolar about filtering. Haven't had any of my forums be filtered out yet, but they go on and off again about social networking sites.

July 17, 2009, 05:55 PM
You aren't a narc, are you, :>.
Yes, the IT boys haven't figured this one out, yet. I check a few times a day.

Zach S
July 17, 2009, 06:03 PM
Sometimes I read, rarely post.

Most of the time if I look up something online at work, its my bank balance, car parts, gun parts, etc. I try to stay away from anything too interesting so I'll hear the whistle blow.

Boss man can screw around all night and get away with a 50% effort, but we cant. You know, it rolls downhill.

July 17, 2009, 06:06 PM
I take my laptop and internet card to work, the boss started using it so much the dept authorized him to pay the bill and purchase new ones for himself and I :D

July 17, 2009, 06:06 PM
I am retired but didn't have access to the internet when I was working. So the answer is no.

July 17, 2009, 06:14 PM
I'm also retired but was formerly an IT tech and yes I did surf at work but we were also on call 24/7 on a rotating basis because it was a medical facility.

July 17, 2009, 06:21 PM
I am blocked at work for any "weapons" site.

July 17, 2009, 06:23 PM
I do. But only on downtime.

Erik M
July 17, 2009, 07:45 PM
90% of the time I post/lurk at work. I am in the basement and work in Information technology.

July 17, 2009, 09:28 PM
No. And ownership went to the extent that only sites they saved as fav's open up.
I have been openly threatened by management about my gun interest.

July 17, 2009, 09:56 PM
Rarely, I have been on here a few times at work but I'm usually too busy. This site and the other forum I frequent aren't blocked at work. It would seem a site needs to be as big and noticeable as Facebook, Myspace, or YouTube to get noticed and blocked.

The Lone Haranguer
July 17, 2009, 10:01 PM
I have in the past, during slow times.

Larry Ashcraft
July 17, 2009, 10:15 PM
Always. In fact, it's required where I work. ;)

July 17, 2009, 10:31 PM

Surfing while on the clock is great. =)

July 17, 2009, 10:46 PM
I'm a dispatcher so theres lots of of "dead" time. I'm at work right now and actually most of my THR visits are from the dispatch room.

July 18, 2009, 02:02 AM
I surf the THR at work on my web equiped cell phone. Since they block about 99% of web for me on the companys computers. Although certern higher people have the web and are on you tube all the time.


July 18, 2009, 03:37 AM
Yep, I surf THR at work (but I don't post).

I work for a big aerospace company, and while they block a lot of sites, I've yet to find a gun website that they block.

The negative is that they don't allow properly stored guns in cars on campus, so we can't get together at lunch and go shooting.

but hey, at least we can look at guns on our lunch hour!

July 18, 2009, 04:13 AM
I'm self-employed.
Therefore, there is no time
when I'm not "at work".

So, I respond with an emphatic,
"Hell, yeah!"

Next question? :scrutiny:

July 18, 2009, 08:07 AM
I'm self-employed.
Therefore, there is no time
when I'm not "at work".

So, I respond with an emphatic,
"Hell, yeah!"

Ditto, I surf from both offices. Because my phone rings where ever I am movie, bed, restroom, whatever, and I have to tend to it so yeah I have no qualms whatsoever checking this out during the 'business day'

"I only work on days that I eat." LW Parker

July 18, 2009, 08:19 AM
I have in the past

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