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Bannination!
« on: March 22, 2007, 07:48:20 PM »

Well, we installed a new firewall to facilitate linking in two foreign offices remotely.  Party line is to protect the IT resources from live/streaming video (bandwidth-consuming youtube) and prevent machine downtime from unauthorized and inappropriate downloads (happens infrequently and to the same pool of repeat offenders in our small company).

I should mention here that the senior management has many times emphasized to its employees how well we come together as a team, how we get the job done, and not least of all how hard we work.

As of 5:15 PM, a "new service level" was announced that "may affect such tools as" Not Work Safe web surfing, which turns out to be formally defined as anything deemed "not work related".  Literally, you call up a website that the firewall says you can't have, you get a screen that tells you "This website has been blocked.  It is not related to work."

I won't bore you with more rant, and I will say that I fully agree with pouncing on offenders.  However, I will remark that it directly impacts my ability to perform my job, which routinely has me web-searching for products of customers, competitors, and so on, very frequently on shopping sites.  Shopping sites are banned.  It also banninated two work-related discussion boards, my participation on which has benefited the company countless times.  IT dude was showing it off to me and pointed out the banned category "Intimate Apparel and Lingerie".  I mentioned that our own Apparel Business Unit was PRIMARILY focused on intimate apparel and lingerie; might want to re-think that check-box.

FGI, Golfhos and Golfdope were banned from my work right out of the gate, and they ain't coming back this time.  The amount of time I have access to a personal computer is very, very limited -- I'm at work a LOT.  So now you know why you won't see me here much.

In other news, www.myemail.com also has been blacklisted, so I can't check my personal email remotely.  Don't try to contact me via that channel or PMs if you need a timely reply.

Peace out.

PS -- For the company suggestion box, I need help.  Suppose an employee is talking about his kid's soccer game to a coworker.  When the klaxon sounds and the intercom blares "Personal conversation detected, Detention Area E5!  Personal conversation detected, Detention Area E5!", what countermeasures would be effective?  I'm thinking an animatronic CEO might enter the hallway and slowly walk toward the offender.  Maybe speakers installed behind panels in the hallway could broadcast the Vice-President's voice with volume rising to simulate his imminent emergence from his office.  Perhaps the server could access Microsoft Project, select an undertaking for which the employee is responsible and which has some dust on it, then spawn an email or phone call to pull him back to work.  What uniform would you suggest for the guards who respond if those prove unsuccessful?
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Re: Bannination!
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2007, 07:57:03 PM »

Sounds like they better ban monster.com and hotjobs.com real fast.
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2007, 08:01:50 PM »

 Sad Sad

I'm so sorry Clive.  I suppose we are all not far behind. I can see it coming where I work.

Any chance on a wireless card for your laptop, sitting open on your desk?

I'll always have fond memories of you in assless chaps, at your desk at 2 am, eating M & Ms after cleaning up from the Coffee-O-Tron 2000!!  (runs to bedroom and flops face down sobbing) Crying Crying
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2007, 08:02:18 PM »

That sucks.  Angry

Seriously, that is too bad. How does he have that much control? Doesn't senior management use teh internets?? Keep fighting the good fight.



Oh yeah, and when you do get a chance could you forward some good intimate apparel websites our way?



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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2007, 08:03:50 PM »

Maybe you should have taken the food services job with the "brokeback trailer" as the perk? Devil

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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2007, 08:16:06 PM »

Do you feel like it's worth the fight?

Fight them on the beaches, fight them in the fields, fight them in the streets, , never surrender.

We are less by your absence.
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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2007, 08:19:01 PM »

Sounds like they better ban monster.com and hotjobs.com real fast.
Monster was another delightful demonstration site.  My in-house counsel and intellectual property discussion boards (whew!  I get hot just typing that!) got banned because they're in larger site that's known for providing information on legal jobs and employment profiles of law firms.
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2007, 08:19:50 PM »

Any chance on a wireless card for your laptop, sitting open on your desk?
Can someone explain to Stroh how the Internet works?


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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2007, 08:21:49 PM »

That sucks.  Angry

Seriously, that is too bad. How does he have that much control? Doesn't senior management use teh internets?? Keep fighting the good fight.
I suspect some of us (them) will be "employees with privileges".

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Oh yeah, and when you do get a chance could you forward some good intimate apparel websites our way?
www.triumph.com.  I found it when looking for the Triumph motorcycle website.  Turns out they're among the world's top lingerie manufacturers.  Good thing our Apparel sales staff won't know about them.
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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2007, 08:40:20 PM »

Any chance on a wireless card for your laptop, sitting open on your desk?
Can someone explain to Stroh how the Internet works?


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We've tried. Sad


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« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2007, 08:46:08 PM »

Really sorry to hear that, Clive. 

Sometimes, you really have to wonder about decisions that are being made.  That they are concerned that there is too much leisure time on the net is obvious, but that they decided to go so far that it impacts the quality of their employees work is sad.  There has to be a better medium than that.
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« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2007, 09:02:07 PM »

That's too bad Clive. Sad
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« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2007, 09:48:54 PM »

Any chance on a wireless card for your laptop, sitting open on your desk?
Can someone explain to Stroh how the Internet works?
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Sorry.  I meant wireless mobile (Cingular, T-Mobile, etc.....)  You pay for it, but they can't touch it.
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« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2007, 09:54:33 PM »

That's crazy.  Productivity and morale is going to plummet.


Any chance on a wireless card for your laptop, sitting open on your desk?
Can someone explain to Stroh how the Internet works?


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I think stroh might be referring to something like those Wireless PC Card plans from Verizon like these:

http://www.verizonwireles...ubTypeId=13&catId=409
http://www.verizonwireles...ubTypeId=13&catId=408

[d'oh!  too slow with my post]

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« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2007, 01:23:35 AM »

Ghey.

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