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Screwing off on the web at work tips

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by BWB, Aug 23, 2002.

  1. BWB


    Aug 30, 2000
    Knoxville TN
    Just thought I pass along a tip or two – I am sure there are others.

    We have no “Internet policy” at work (no keystroke monitors, no policy that says I CAN’T web surf at work) but of course screwing off is totally out of the question as I ‘supposedly’ am one of the management people where I work.

    But, let’s face it, who wants to work when you can surf the ‘net and do stuff like, say, read TalkBass?

    My tips of the day for screwing off on the ‘net and making it look like you’re doing something
    productive: Stand up in your cubicle, and have paperwork on your desk. That way, when someone
    comes around the corner, you see them coming, can minimize your browser and pick up a piece of paper all in one motion. Makes it look like you’re standing there reading a piece of paper, which is the opposite of sitting and typing on the Internet, right? (in fact, I am doing it at this very moment).

    Have a screen saver automatically pop up after 1 minute or shorter, access controlled with a password.
    Trust me, you will either a) walk away from your desk with some web page you don’t want anyone to
    see on the screen or b) be unexpectedly distracted in the middle of doing something you shouldn’t (like, you forgot to stand and someone walked into your cubicle to ask you a question – in 60 secs, that
    screen save pops up without you having to draw attention to the computer by clicking a web page shut).

    Never tell even a trusted co-worker what you’re doing – you’ll never know how it could come back to bite you later.

    Been doing these for years…no one has figured it out.

    and you?

  2. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Great Idea!

    I took it a step further to the extreme; In the Hi-tech DOT-COM world of "yestermonth" I got dubbed "Internet Engineer" :cool:

    My job has been to basicly make sure the backend of an ISP is up and running. In otherwords, I surf the web surf, fileshare and chat. Lately I've just started working from a "Virtual Office"... so now I stay home and surf :)

    With my almost healed broken foot (cast comes off on Wed), I've moved my main computer to my bedside :cool:
  3. omg spedding. you lucky sob. you have the coolest job;)
  4. superfreak

    superfreak Unregistered

    Aug 18, 2002
    Clarksville, TN
    I got ****ing fired b/c of the web...more specifically e-mail...SUCKS!!!!!!!

    EDIT(jt): just one letter there.
  5. I find ninja stars a very effective way of keeping people from discovering my dark secrets.
  6. I don't get internet at work. We have a 1983 Unix system that's hardwired to the main computer in Altoona. All we get are monitors, keyboards, and little cool laser guns.:( No TB for ME at work. And I could even make the argument that it's job related. I'm increasing my product knowledge!!:D

    Rock on
  7. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    i'm really digging my new job. i sit in front of a 2Ghz P4 and Mac G4 all day, and when i'm not answering calls i can just muck about and do whatever i want.

    it's sweet.
  8. pigpen02


    Mar 24, 2002
    help me cheat my company by slacking off on the internet!

    can anybody tell me, how can i set my computer to have the phone ring and cut me off from the net when there's a call coming in? it has call waiting, can i disable that without knowing the code the job uses?

  9. I miss this guy/gal.....

    His last login date is prior to my join date...but I did lurk 'round here for a long time. Perhaps I should go back to being only a lurker...
  10. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Anti-tort heathen Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    my job is largely internet based.

    tabbed browsing, and knowing the keyboard shortcuts to toggle tabs is my lifeline.
  11. santucci218


    Jan 26, 2007
    talk about bringing up old threads!
  12. old and futile.
  13. Bryan316

    Bryan316 Banned

    Dec 20, 2006
    I have a 21" monitor. 1280x1024 all the time. Usually, a webpage never needs to be fully maximized to read it, so I keep my Explorer window smaller than the screen. If the door to my hallway opens, I click my mouse on the design software behind it, and that program pops to the front. No problems.
  14. santucci218


    Jan 26, 2007
    i just go on the internet and if they have a problem with it i tell em to go suck a lemon.
  15. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Anti-tort heathen Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    wow. i didn't even realize how old it was.
  16. mjolnir

    mjolnir Thor's Hammer 2.1.3beta

    Jun 15, 2006
    Houston, TX
    ALT+CTRL+DEL could turn into yer best friend in those tight situations where you don't have the time or can't keep yer cool to do anything else.

    This is what I tell all my not-so-tech-savvy friends who ask me what they can do: when put in a tight spot, hit ctrl alt del, open up task manager (do it beforehand and maximize the screen so it covers up whatever it is yer trying to hide) and click between the tabs and curse and flail around as seems appropriate. If yer good at BS, throw in some tech gobbledygook, and whoever "caught" you will not only think yer just having computer problems (damn microsoft...) but will also think yer somewhat tech savvy to boot.

    But be warned. Occasionally this might come back to bite you in the ass, because the person who saw you doing this might come to you instead of the IT department next time they have computer troubles...

    EDIT: Another simpler tool- The "show desktop" icon. Down in your taskbar next to the start button is a tiny little icon (it's different for each version of windows, but it will say "show desktop" whenever you hover the mouse over it). Click that and it will automatically minimize everything on your screen.
  17. of course all of your problems could be solved by not bustin' one watchin' porn while at work.
  18. mjolnir

    mjolnir Thor's Hammer 2.1.3beta

    Jun 15, 2006
    Houston, TX
    Yeah, most people don't realize the IT department at their work knows damn good and well what they're looking at on a daily basis. As an IT tech myself, I recommend you stay off'n anything nasty and just stick to TB, 'cause we be watchin'...
  19. IAmTheDood

    IAmTheDood Shake and Bake

    Dec 15, 2006
    Waterford, MI
    i just constantly have my fingers on alt+tab when i'm browsing ...

    i rarely get any problems as mostly i read news articles and forums so there's not a lot of pictures up.

    i did get written up about 6 months ago cuz i was looking for a new animated gif forum avatar .. scrolling through one was of a neekid woman bouncing her butt around .. right when that was coming through the screen the owner's wife stopped by.

    lol. :)
  20. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    wow.... holy old threads....

    These days I'm an "Operations Engineer" weekends and overnight shift. Company laptop and docking station hooked to an extra 22 flat screen. I leave the bottom left corner of the 2nd screen open for movies / videos. Plus we have a huge array of wall mounted TVs and computer screens. We found the full cable feed into the building and hooked it up that we can watch whatever the big game of the evening is :)

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