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General Chat Thread, Sparklebox in General; Originally Posted by synaesthesia sparkleplus.co.uk Cheers for that. Just added to the filter. Strangely, letterandsounds.com is blocked [Age restricted/illegal activity] ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    sparkleplus.co.uk
    Cheers for that. Just added to the filter.

    Strangely, letterandsounds.com is blocked [Age restricted/illegal activity] but sparklebox isn't... [Well, it is. Just not in the default lists.]

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    I've just had another round of "is it ok if we use sparklebox?" and emailed the head to offer my opinion ("No. Not at school or at home.").

    Kinge is still a director of sparklebox (SPARKLEBOX TEACHER RESOURCES LIMITED. Free and instant access to Director and Shareholder details. Credit Reports online instantly.) so as far as I'm concerned, we should stay away.

    A googling of string "SparkleBox Teacher Resources Ltd site:whois.domaintools.com" pulls up some more sites registered by sparklebox.

    SparkleBox.org.uk - Sparkle Box
    SparkleBox.me.uk - Welcome to SparkleBox
    SparklePlus.co.uk - Welcome to SparkleBox
    SparkleBoxRes.co.uk - Sparkle Box Res
    SparkleBox2.co.uk - 1000s FREE Primary Teaching Resources & Printables - SparkleBox KS2

    There may be more..

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    I didn't know a few of those.

    Definitely blocking them on Monday.

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    I remember reading last year that the toolbar would also upload jpg files it found on the users computer and would really slow the computer down it was installed on. Not sure how true this was but it definitely slowed my test machine down by a massive amount.

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    That's quite an accusation - would love to do some testing on that, I'd come down on it like a ton of bricks. Should be easy via wireshark.

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    I very much doubt that the current version is the same as the one I tested, which was a few years back, but who knows.

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    Just found these crazy instructions for removing the toolbar in 2010

    http://mikemcsharry.files.wordpress....ox-toolbar.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    That's quite an accusation - would love to do some testing on that, I'd come down on it like a ton of bricks. Should be easy via wireshark.
    Surely something the police need to know about if true? Given the owner's crimes...

    Quote Originally Posted by edutech4schools View Post
    Just found these crazy instructions for removing the toolbar in 2010

    http://mikemcsharry.files.wordpress....ox-toolbar.pdf
    That's where that Search Conduit rubbish keeps coming from! But I never installed anything my...

    I always fill in the "why did you uninstall?" forms (with a fake email, obviously). I couldn't repeat what gets written down here, though.

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    Conduit is a "diy toolbar" software used by quite a few toolbar gits - the likes of sparklebox, mywebsearch and babylon are the ones that top the bill for me!

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    All blocked here thanks for the heads up

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    Quote Originally Posted by mats View Post
    I removed the sparklebox toolbar from a teacher laptop just last week. It was there because Twinkl have started charging £30pa apparently.
    Twinkl Standard is still free, although they charge for Twinkl Premium membership.

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    Had to unblock this one today: http://sparkleboxteacherresources.ltd.uk/ why must such a legitimate site use so many different domains??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_ View Post
    Had to unblock this one today: http://sparkleboxteacherresources.ltd.uk/ why must such a legitimate site use so many different domains??
    Do you mean block it? Rather than unblock it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Do you mean block it? Rather than unblock it?
    Nono. I had to unblock it SMT agreed that is was a very valuable resource for teaching. Saves the teachers loads of time etc.. All the news articles, guidelines from county councils, SWGfL etc are a couple of years old so therefore irrelevant apparently.

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    Point them to twinkl.co.uk - pretty much the same thing without any murkiness.



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