Apple (uk) ad targeting Parental Controls

Just wandering around on you tube and discovered an apple (uk) ad targeting parental controls, with the ‘naughty step’.  The Mac says something about blocking items being “isn’t that what kids want to do?”.  The idea behind parental controls is to block good kids from running into bad stuff, I don’t really see the built…


Reading WPC logs in C#

Here is a conversion of the WPCEvents.h file that is used with the vista SDK to get the parts of the various crimson events converted into c#.  I have written about this file before and how the parts are connected together and how all the numbers work.  This is useful if you want to write…


Log Viewer, behind the scenes

The log viewer in Parental Controls reads in the public available system logs and turns them into the data you can see in the control panel.  The logs are brought in from a couple of places, the System logs, the Application logs and the Parental controls log itself.  These logs are manipulated in various ways…


Parental Controls used by everyone

Looks like Bill Gates is using parental controls for his children these days, nice to see that people within the company are buying off and using the technology as well.  We have had a surprisingly small amount of negative press on the parental controls issues so far.  Seems to be one of the things that…


Parental Controls and Press Coverage

We have had a lot of good press coverage from Parental Controls over the past few days, which has been great.  Bill Gates and various other people have been pressing it as one of the main reasons to upgrade to Vista, I think it is a very good reason to upgrade if you are worried…


Making a Game marked as run in Parental Controls

For a game to show up in Parental Controls as being run a few things need to happen.  First the game must have a GDF file so it will be properly registered with the Game Explorer.  Once the game is correctly registered with the Game Explorer it will show up in the Games folder under…


Overwhelmingness of Parental Controls?

There have been some comments about various aspects of Parental Controls being overwhelming, specifically in this post.  It is true that some of the existing parental control companies will not be so keen on some features, however there is a lot of area for new features and things that are missing from Vista parental controls…


Summary of Vista Parental Controls Features

  Short summary of Windows parental control features: Game Restrictions – ability to restrict games based on ratings and on descriptors associated with the game. These are based on ESRB ratings, and other rating systems from other countries. Application Restrictions – ability to disable all programs from running on the machine, except specifically allowed programs….


HTTP Extension for Windows Parental Controls

To make Windows Parental Controls work better with browsers and other programs that support http, the filter in vista sends back a custom error number when the page is blocked.  This number is 450, an app can recognise this error code and display a blocked message or allow for overrides to be done based on…


Opening up the WPC Control Panel from the command line

It is possible to open up the windows parental controls control panel from the command line, well any control panel. You pass in the name of the control panel to open up and it opens it up. Nice and easy. For the parental controls panel the syntax is: Control.exe /name Microsoft.ParentalControls