I truly understand and appreciate the benefits of loading the content of your website from various other sources across the net. I really do! In fact, I do it myself with the website for the nonprofit I run, the SJAA. But is this the fact that many websites take so long to load these days? Are the days of the slow browser over, and n ow it's a matter of how quickly all the dozens of other sites you depend on can load their content at your site's beck and call?
Kinda seems like it.
If we're going to depend on other sites' performance, should there be an SLA in place to guarantee that the content will be delivered within a certain time period? Does that even exist in the world of web ops? And if so, I wonder what it would look like.
It's been on my to-do list for a while now, something called "parental controls". My thoughts around that has to do with having a pre-tween in the house, as Penny is well into fourth grade and the school is asking her to have, as part of her fourth grade supplies, a USB flash drive. She'll be using the computer, and the internet connection, more and more.
The first two sites talk a lot about safety on the internet for children, what parents should know, how to talk to your kids about it. That's all good stuff, and I think we probably have a handle on how to do that. But what I'm most interested in is how to monitor and possibly filter our internet connection when the kids are connected.
That can be done at the network level, by adjusting settings at the router level, but that might be overkill. My thoughts now are more along the lines at the user account level, including setting up and monitoring email traffic. At some point real soon, we will be setting Penny up with an email account, probably at our personal domain. Some of her friends are already have email accounts, so it's probably only days until she's asking for her own. Gmail can probably do a better job of providing such tools, so I wonder if setting up a gmail account might be easier, and it might even provide better control from a parent perspective.
I'm up for any suggestions, so please either enter them in the comments or email me directly. If nothing else, it will get me off my bum to finally do this properly, including the thinking that's needed before actual implementation.
I have a virtual box running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. I updated the system every few weeks or months, but I had been having trouble due to the adobe-flashplugin removal always erring out.
Did some searching on the interwebs and got to a forum on crunch bang linux. Read through it, tried some of the suggestions and finally hit the solution. There was a file, adobe-flashplugin.prerm, that was horking the script. Deleting it, as one commenter wrote, took care of the problem. And now I'm on my way to being able to update my system.