Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Why Websense is stupid (and I told them so)

One of the vendors who happened to be exhibiting at TechEd Australia this year was a company called Websense.

They were giving away T-shirts, so it was only after I had received my free shirt from them that I then proceeded to tell them how stupid and horrible their software was.

This seem to take the Websense staff a bit by surprise and they tried to defend their product assuring me with words to the effect that their software was wonderful and couldn't possibly be faulty and had the "largest database". Well let me assure you "quantity" definitely does not equate to "quality", and it may be no coincidence that their company name rhymes with "nonsense" :-)

Don't believe me? Well take a look at this example:

Try and browse http://www.opensource.org/licenses/bsd-license.html through Websense and you are greeted with this response:

Reason:

The Websense category "Entertainment" is filtered.

 

URL:

http://www.opensource.org/licenses/bsd-license.html

Presumably the legal department must have a fair bit of influence at Websense, Inc. as I don't think anyone else would consider reading software licenses 'Entertainment'.

It just goes to reinforce the enhancement Mitch Denny made in his Software Development Pitfalls talk to point 5 of Jeff Attwood's Programmer's Bill of Rights :

Every programmer shall have a fast, unfiltered internet connection

Ah, we can but dream.

2 comments:

Ben Laan said...

yet you took the t-shirt...

David Gardiner said...

I'm not too fussy where I get get free stuff from :-)

I did think that maybe I could wear the shirt one day and to raise money for charity, everyone could shout abuse at me/websense.

If I had a septic tank at home, then I could wear it when it needed to be cleaned - that would seem appropriate too.