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#1 Re: How do I..? » limiting entries » 2019-07-14 21:56:18

Actually, I would have loved to use Pluckeye school wide when I was there. A teacher could have had certain allow lists pre-set that classroom computers would import from a server and put into action right away because of certain administrative rights. This would have let me set up computers for research projects much easier than the full proxy system I had set up on a separate server. And as a parent, there were times I wished I could lock Pluckeye's settings beyond the delay to use as a filter for my children.

But I have been a volunteer for Jon long enough to know that as a one-person software developer he has to focus on the core product capabilities. With the way browsers keep updating, a lot of his time is involved in creating patches just to keep the core capabilities working.

So I actually agree with you. Having the ability to lock Pluckeye's settings with a password is something I would have been able to (and actually still would) use. But there are only so many hours in a day to work on things that are helpful.

I suggest that you head over to https://pluckeye.uservoice.com and formally suggest your idea of a password that blocks setting changes there. Maybe it would be easy to implement and therefore a candidate for implementation.

#2 Re: How do I..? » limiting entries » 2019-07-14 01:09:27

I needed a quick whitelist for a student borrowing a school computer. Since the student was young and the family was not technically capable (recent immigrants and did not know English), Pluckeye worked in that instance. I made a 24 hour delay and had a script that re-imported the whitelist and set the delay each time the computer was turned on and at a set time each evening. Having a password like you describe would have made the whitelist super easy but the intended audience for Pluckeye is people who want self-help.

When I had more time later, I limited the computer to Firefox and used two extensions. One provided the whitelist and the other locked the settings.

I think the short answer to your question is that any user can change a Pluckeye rule...but obviously will have to wait one delay for it to take effect. But I agree with Jon that your use-case is a little bit unclear.

#3 Re: How do I..? » [SOLVED] Delay setting issues » 2019-06-30 21:08:18

Did you look at the small print under the delay on the settings page? It would normally say something like "This delay is pending and should take effect at about <time>. The current delay is 7 days.

As regular helpers, we would be able to approve access to websites before the seven days, but not change the delay.

You will need to post your u.pluckeye.com account name (or email it to Jon with supporting details) for him to set your delay to zero.

#4 Re: How do I..? » Level 2 and NHB not working » 2019-06-21 20:03:19

Edge getting online is a surprise. Others have reported problems with MS Store. Another user gave steps to delete MS Store, but I'm not sure there is a Pluckeye method that prevents you from re-installing it.

What version of Pluckeye are you using?

#5 Re: How do I..? » [SOLVED] Blocking images after site has already been fully allowed. » 2019-06-20 21:46:12

So that means that you did not allow Twitter individually. It is being allowed by your all access rule. To block pictures on twitter, enter a command like

pluck add "block twitter.com image/"

There is a similar discussion taking place at reddit's Pluckeye page if you want another person's experience.

#6 Re: How do I..? » [SOLVED] Blocking images after site has already been fully allowed. » 2019-06-20 08:49:18

If you are on Windows, open a command prompt and type

pluck export | findstr witter 

or on Mac/Linux

pluck export | grep witter 

then post the results, it will help us understand what rules you made for twitter.

These are the sorts of things that helpers could see easily at u.pluckeye.net.

#7 Re: How do I..? » Delay, Blocking/Allowing. Need Help. » 2019-06-15 15:47:24

82nate wrote:

I guess now I just need to know how to set things up so that when the next 7 days is over I can quickly uninstall Pluckeye with all the messed up settings I've applied and reinstall a fresh copy and go from there.

When your delay is zero, type this command in your terminal

pluck uninstall

#8 Re: How do I..? » How do I make temporary blacklisting intantaneous? » 2019-05-30 09:17:39

Rules that restrict Pluckeye take effect immediately. Rules that loosen Pluckeye need to wait for the delay.

Since you want to add restrictive rules, they will go into effect right away. So you can use the Onetime command to block a site for a period of time, .eg.:

pluck add "Onetime now+60m Block youtube.com"

If you find that you have several sites to restrict, write a .bat or .sh file to add the commands.

#9 Re: How do I..? » Allow internet access for all non-browser programs » 2019-05-23 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.

#10 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.

#11 Re: How do I..? » [SOLVED] multi-user setup problems » 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.

#12 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.

#13 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"

#14 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.

#15 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.

#16 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.

#17 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?

#18 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. :-/


#19 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...).


#21 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

#22 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.

#23 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.

#24 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.


#25 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.

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