Gary did get out of bed late, but there was no sun, so it will be an early Spring.
I managed to get some time together over the Christmas break to get the feedback from all the beta users together and into the new version.
This version includes:
- Curfew system (Allows you to choose when the computer can be used and when it can’t)
- Password protected un-install (Only parents can remove GroundHog)
- Auto child time reset (at 12:00 midnight) (No need to restart the computer)
- Easier Blind reset (Drop down replaced the complicated blind settings)
- Longer Parent time option (Up to 480 minutes now)
If you have not received your invite for the Beta version of GroundHog let me know.
Also I would like to know what you think, and if you see any bugs that I will need to fix before it goes to the main page and new users get into it.
This is the day when you say Enough is Enough, something has to be done to limit these kids computer time, and install Groundhog.
My guess there will be many GroundHog days coming up this summer, as parents get home and find nothing has been done and that the kids spent all day on the internet.
Let me know does this sound like you?
I was thinking of how many connections there are coming into our homes, and as you would expect how to manage them; what I found was that I quickly got lost in the number of them and the variety. Here is the list that I came up with:
1. Telephone (Audio + internet modem)
2. Cable TV
3. Cell phone (Audio + internet on device)
4. Telephone DSL (internet)
5. Cable modem (internet)
6. Cell Phone Data Stick (internet)
7. WiFi (from the house) (internet)
8. WiFi (from the neighbor) (internet)
9. WiFi (from the city) (internet)
10. Satellite TV
11. Satellite Phone
12. Satellite Data (internet)
13. Radio (audio, HAM, FM, AM, CB)
14. Radio (data, Microwave) (internet)
15. Utility (Water, Gas, Electricty, Road, Mail, Sewer)
All those with internet are data connections that kids can use to connect and waste time on the internet. Managing these connections, especially the cell phone, will become an increasingly difficult challenge for parents, not only from the standpoint of cost but also of time spent.
If you are looking to role out GroundHog in your student computer system image, please note that GroundHog is distributed via a signed MSI file, so the role out should be an easy task.
Also if you require a special configuration, for example a pre-installed license key, please let me know and I can make up something to make you life easy.