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#1 Re: How do I..? » Allow internet access for all non-browser programs » Today 00:26:23

Non-browser programs being blocked is a function of being at Level 2. So I'm afraid your options are to go down to Level 1 or to keep whiteouting programs as they come up.

#2 Re: How do I..? » Blocking IRC Web clients & IRC sites » 2019-05-17 00:07:51

Are you using the NHB option? That may block IRC clients...I don't have one installed to test.

It may also be helpful to know your OS if Jon wanders in and wants to suggest something.

#3 Re: How do I..? » Issues moving from Pluckeye 93/FF 52 ESR to Pluckeye 95.9/60.6.3 ESR » 2019-05-12 18:02:17

The notes on the website (https://www.pluckeye.net/multiuser.html#sec-2) state:

Scenario 3: Peter and Susan both use Pluckeye at installation level 2
   1. Peter: Install Pluckeye, and leave at level 1 so that Susan can install Plucki.
   2. Susan: Install Plucki.
   3. Peter or Susan: Set Pluckeye to level 2 (in Firefox or Chrome or via `pluck set "level 2"`).

So did you leave your Admin account at Level 1 until you had the Studies account set up? I am unclear on that.

#4 Re: How do I..? » TEMPORARILY block all websites except a few select ones » 2019-05-01 00:03:37

If I am understanding you correctly, then you could write a .bat (or bash script) for each category and run it when you want to. The bash scripts would have commands in the form of

pluck add "onetime now+x min block personal.site.1.com"
pluck add "onetime now+x min block personal.site.2.com"

More onetime syntax options are at http://www.pluckeye.net/eg.plu.

#5 Re: How do I..? » TEMPORARILY block all websites except a few select ones » 2019-04-27 22:41:17

The FAQ adds a rule "Block" that is in force all of the time. Use a sometimes rule to use the Block rule at certain times.

First, go to https://u.pluckeye.net/hrs3 and mark the times you want the block rule to work. Copy the rule that is produced.

Then, open a command prompt and type

pluck add "sometimes your-time-rule Block"

#6 Re: How do I..? » [Solved] Trouble with the expedite feature » 2019-03-31 21:09:53

Here is what I remembered. It was posted to the Reddit site.

- - - - -

Here's how expedition is supposed to work.

1. Get helpers.
2. Request a settings change be expedited.
3. Notify helpers somehow.
4. Helper approves.
5. Make some (any) change to settings. For example, click "allow" while on https://www.pluckeye.net/ . Even if it is already allowed, that should trigger a check for expedited approvals.

- - - - -

Jon would have to check on whether or not your device is syncing with your account. But it seems that you should be able to make a simple change and log it to see if it appears in your profile there.

#7 Re: How do I..? » Images not blocked on Google Search » 2019-03-31 21:04:39

Remember that Pluckeye is not going to uninstall until your delay is nil.

Let's try this. it worked on my Linux machine with Firefox...hopefully it is good for Windows too. Go back to Google's search page. It will be blocked. Then cilck on your Pluckeye button and choose 'history.'  Click the "Revert" button. You should have access to Google without images after one delay has passed.

Regarding the command line, you should not have to type the path...no cd command is needed. If you open your command prompt and just type

pluck export

(note that I made a typo up above)

You should see your list of pluckeye rules.

#8 Re: How do I..? » [Solved] Trouble with the expedite feature » 2019-03-31 00:18:53

I have this vague recollection that Jon said somewhere that after the proposed change is approved you have to make another rule change somewhere so that Pluckeye will check in with u.pluckeye.net and see the change has been approved. It sounded like Pluckeye does not check it with u.pluckeye.net at set times...just when it needs to.  I suppose you could find a government site and "allow" it as a relatively safe way to do this.

I can't seem to find Jon's exact wording; if I do I'll post it later.

#9 Re: How do I..? » Can't install new Pluckeye version » 2019-03-31 00:11:13

How did you uninstall the vc-redist? Via the command line like Grimblewald suggested on the Microsoft page cited?

Do you get the message about an installation in progress even after restarting your computer?

#10 Re: How do I..? » Can't install new Pluckeye version » 2019-03-21 23:31:59

Cross-posted reply to a Windows 10 user :

Quick reply:

Download the vs 2017 redistributables (yes, 2017!).
X64: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=746572
X86: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=746571
vc_redist.x86.exe /uninstall
vc_redist.x64.exe /uninstall
Install Pluckeye
For more info, see:

https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forum … 64-amp-x86

I'll see if I can change the installer to avoid this. :-/


#11 Re: How do I..? » ANNOUNCEMENT: Chrome fails at level 2. » 2019-03-12 11:10:43

Jon reports:

This issue should be fixed in Pluckeye 0.95.5+ (although Chrome now starts somewhat slower...).


#13 Re: How do I..? » Possible to allow website for 1 hr per day in total? Variable delay? » 2019-02-28 14:11:42

Tracking your time on a website and blocking when your time has run out is not a part of Pluckeye. To request features, add them to the UserVoice page.

A "sometimes" rule will change your delay. Here is an example:

pluck add "Sometimes MTWRF0600-1700 Delay 15 minutes"
pluck add "Sometimes MTWRF1701-2400 Delay 2 hours"

The first rule has Pluckeye look at your computer clock in the morning. As soon as it sees that it is 6 AM on a weekday, it says "I need to start counting down to set a new delay...the current delay is two hours, so I'll  make this new rule take effect at 8 AM." If you don't turn your computer on until 8:00, it will start counting down then, and the new delay will not take effect until 10 AM.

The second rule sees that it is after 5 PM and since 2 hours is more restrictive, it takes effect immediately.

Pages that may help with writing rules:
Pluckeye Time Syntax
Pluckeye Command Syntax

#14 Other » Help us recruit » 2019-02-21 16:45:45

Replies: 1

We are trying to increase the number of people who are regularly testing new versions of Pluckeye.

A Pluckeye tester is someone who:

  • is comfortable installing software on their computer

  • probably has some experience with their computer's command line

  • can follow testing steps and report back on problems

  • has an hour or so of time for testing each month

  • is not currently relying on Pluckeye (Testers change levels and typically use a short delay.)

Do you know a techie-type with time on their hands? Tell them how Pluckeye helps you and ask them to become a tester!

Those interested in helping simply subscribe to an email list which alerts them to new releases and the testing protocol. They can unsubscribe anytime. Windows, Mac, Linux and Android testing is all helpful.

Sign up here:  https://www.subscribepage.com/pluckeye

Thank you for passing this on.

#15 Re: How do I..? » LinkedIn on Chrome vs. Firefox » 2019-02-21 10:01:19

My Windows 10 Home unit has the Chrome issue at level 2 so I cannot really test it there.

Using Chromium 71.0.x on a 32-bit Ubuntu-based distro, Pluckeye 0.95.1 is showing me the whole linkedin.com home page.

#16 Re: How do I..? » Level 2 installation blocks internet on chrome » 2019-02-17 21:21:34

Thank you for the report. If you can send Jon the results of using the sysinspect tool, it may help him track down what is going on.


#17 Re: How do I..? » Not getting options to set delay or block websites on Android browser » 2019-02-16 14:37:47

https://old.reddit.com/r/pluckeye/comme … r/egljyeg/

I cleared my android pluckeye data, uninstalled it,  then reinstalled pluckeye android by downloading the apk from the website. I cannot duplicate this.

I went to whitehouse.gov and it loaded with no images. I pressed the pluckeye icon and it went to moz-extension://... and gave me the allow, block, and advanced options.

Android 3.4.67 on some really cheap alcatel onetouch phone.

#18 Re: How do I..? » Allowed Google Images temporarily; now need to go back to original » 2019-02-15 00:07:23

Go to the images search page. From the Pluckeye menu, choose "revert." If you have blocked the image page you will need to wait one delay. If you are currently showing images, it should take effect right away.

#19 Re: How do I..? » Allow some apps/softwares on NHB version » 2019-02-09 18:43:52

Based on my testing of Win 10, I found that the only way to have Pluckeye block the apps is to enable the NHB option...and that blocks all of them.

Apparently you can use PowerShell to delete the apps you don't want, including the store. But since PowerShell can also re-install them, that is probably not the solution you want.

https://www.howtogeek.com/224798/how-to … tall-them/

#20 Re: How do I..? » Level 2 installation blocks internet on chrome » 2019-02-08 13:16:49

Edited 2/17

I upgraded to Pluckeye 0.95.1 to test it on Win 10 and suddenly had this problem (access to "all sites" was already an option in the extension setting).

[Alternate suggestion deleted.]

By private email from Jon, he suggested dropping down to Level 1, then going  back up to Level 2. This worked in my case.

#21 Re: How do I..? » Images not blocked on Google Search » 2019-02-03 22:41:13

So Pluckeye's default state is to allow sites but disallow images.

When you ALLOWED google to do the image search, you added a rule "allow google.com" (or something similar).

To turn the images back off, the simplest way would have been to use Pluckeye's Revert command (in the Pluckeye menu). You issued a BLOCK command hoping to block images...but what that does is block the site.

So while at Google, with images showing, use the Pluckeye  menu and choose revert to get back to "normal" usage.

Otherwise you open your command prompt and look at all of your google rules:

pluck expert | findstr oogle

Find the one that talks about allowing google, and delete it by typing the exact way it appears.

pluck del "put the command here"

#22 Re: How do I..? » Can't Download Word Docs from website » 2019-02-03 22:33:20

Did you allow that site?

pluck add "Allow agora-file-storage-prod.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com"

or just use amazonaws.com if you think your documents will move to a different server farm.

#23 Re: How do I..? » Level 2 installation blocks internet on chrome » 2019-02-03 15:16:05

Windows 10 Home 17134.523
Chrome 72.0.3626.81 (Official Build) (64-bit)
Pluckeye 0.94.0

I got my hands on a Win 10 laptop and cannot duplicate this problem. I am at Level 2 and Chrome is acting normally.

The best I can suggest is using the Sysinspect tool (link above) and send in your results. Or drop down to Level 1, uninstall Pluckeye, re-install and see if that "resets" anything.

#24 Re: How do I..? » Unable to change to level 2 » 2019-01-21 16:33:26

It will help us to know what version operating system you are using, which browser (and version) and what version of Pluckeye.

You may also need to run the sysinspect utility and send the results in to have this problem resolved.

#25 Re: How do I..? » How to show my pictures on photos.google.com? » 2019-01-18 09:38:03

Have you tried using the Pluckeye history function?

Reload the photos.google.com page, then in the Pluckeye menu choose "history." The tab that opens should show you what domains are being blocked. Google will sometimes have pictures on a different domain, and you can use the tools on the history page to allow it.

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