Ban on the sale of youth off-highway vehicles

I've posted on my dirt bike website about this, but its worth promoting more (please crosspost, link, retweet etc).

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has made available a video public service announcement (PSA) regarding the current ban on the sale of youth off-highway vehicles (OHVs), which includes motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, intended for kids 12 and under.

Please view the video here, and take action if you are an enthusiast!

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Google friend connect

Google's catchup to facebook connect is in action still, with updates/releases to the API made yesterday to allow better integration with other services.

In particular I was interested in using it with Drupal, and found this post: http://code.google.com/p/google-friend-connect-plugins/wiki/DrupalPlugin which was just updated on the 12th, so should be a very good introduction, and there is a drupal module already, which is great.

I'll try it out later and write another blog post.

Web filtering

Recently on a mailing list, somone asked about setting up web filtering for children.

While nothing beats supervision, som fairly effective and simple webfiltering can be setup on a linux based pc by combining squid with the jesred redirector.

Basically, create the jesred files as follows in /etc/squid and add the lines from the bottom file into your squid.conf. This plus std tranparent proxying does quite a good job. Yes, I know theres very easy ways around it, but by the time the kids figure that out, you're not going to stop them anymore ;-)

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