It’s GroundHog Day! And our GroundHog, Gary of Guelph also has a prediction for Spring, What is it?

February 2, 2012 4 comments

Gary did get out of bed late, but there was no sun, so it will be an early Spring.

New GroundHog released 1.10.4

January 2, 2012 6 comments

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)

New Beta 10.2, what do you think?

August 11, 2011 19 comments

Hello all

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.

First look at new feature, Curfew window

July 27, 2011 6 comments
Welcome to the new Curfew configuration. As I have mentioned on this blog I have been working away to create this new feature. There is a pile of changes under the covers to support this thing, but it has been worth it.
 
There are three types of time,
Free time: kids can use the computer without using their daily quota
Controlled time:   kids need to use their time quota
Closed Time: The computer will not give access, even if you have time
 
I am looking for Beta testers, so expect an e-mail soon to request volenteers!
GroundHog, Curfew configuration to limit teenager computer time

Curfew Configuration screen

When is your GroundHog Day?

June 21, 2011 4 comments
Limit kids internet time

Groundhog

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?

Today’s communication connections to your home: Add to the list if you think of more!

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.

Larger installers/Users of GroundHog, Schools, School boards, Private schools, Colleges, others…

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.

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