Getting around school site blocks

Does your school block sites like MySpace or Facebook? I was hanging out with Maryam’s family and friends tonight and the kids started comparing ways to get around the system. Of course I turned on my cell phone’s video camera, which immediately got everyone but Patrick to be quiet. He gives up the goods.

Tips? Add a period to the end of URLs, so becomes — the kids say that often works. So does visiting international versions of your favorite sites.

Me? I just turn on my cell phone’s wireless data system (I have a Verizon Wireless card) and say hell with IT folks who try to keep you from doing what you want to do. But if you’re a 13-year-old kid that isn’t economically possible.

Do note how astute they are in sharing information. I bet this same conversation is going on between lots of people tonight. How about in China? Iran? Saudi Arabia? You bet!

I gotta have a talk with Patrick about the porn thing, though. It’s not easy being a parent in these times. Clamp down too hard and they just won’t tell you the truth (lots of Patrick’s friends tell me their parents have no clue what they are doing online).

The Stanford IT doctor is in (this stuff could save your life)

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Why do I praise Seagate? Because they pay me to have conversations with smart people in the technology business. I pinch myself every day.

Here’s one example: Christopher Longhurst. He’s a doctor at Stanford’s Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. He also works in the IT department there. Since our son was born there three weeks ago, and we got a close up look at the computers and other devices strewn through the hospital (free wifi!) I wanted to get the behind-the-scenes look.

The most interesting thing? Is just how many mistakes get made in hospitals and how information technology is being used to keep those errors from happening.

This 47 minute conversation is very interesting. Why? Well, he’s working with Google on a personal healthcare site. We cover a LOT of ground about technology trends inside the medical industry.

Thanks to Bryan Zug for hooking us up! Bryan is a guy you should know too. He does the video behind the Seattle Ignite events (which are really awesome) and is a developer who works on a variety of projects including a contract job with the hospital.

UPDATE: we cover the various “personal healthcare services like Microsoft HealthVault” at about minute 41 and also cover some of the fears of giving services like these your health care data. Don’t miss that part of the interview, especially around minute 44 where he explains what these new health services could do for you.

UPDATE2: Rocky did a short, seven-minute version where he pulled out the highlights of this conversation so if you don’t have 47 minutes, this one is for you.