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Postby williesd » Wed Mar 09, 2005 10:59 pm

This is funny....Got this from Rotoworld

No time of year demands more office Web surfing than Spring Training. Clearly, foregoing your pre-draft research is not an option; so, the challenge becomes doing it without your boss noticing. Luckily, I’m all about helping you with these kinds of things.

Cube/Office layout
Let’s get the painfully obvious out of the way. Your monitor should face away from the office or cube entrance, allowing ample time to complete your waiver-wire pickup, throw back some microwave popcorn, and close your browser whenever management strolls in.

Toggling
The ability to quickly switch from your browser window to another application is crucial. I work with a guy who is so awful at it, you can read the Buy It Now price of three eBay items on his screen before he even senses your presence. Not good. If you too have the reflexes of a koala, try using some aids. Strategically placed family photos can act as mirrors, for example.

Blending with the masses
Just about everyone with access to the Internet at work surfs to some extent. So, as long as you’re not the Secretariat of surfing, you should probably be okay.

Copying and pasting stories into a text editor
From a distance, text in Word or Notepad looks to be work related. Flash animation does not.

Surfing remotely
If you have virtual network computing software, you may be able to use it to access some obsolete machine on your network and surf from there. That way, all logs, cookies, and temporary Internet files are downloaded to that machine rather than yours.

Surfing anonymously
Some “cloaking” sites (such as http://www.pureprivacy.com) allow you to use their proxy servers, so that the pages you view are downloaded to their machine rather than yours. Many of them can also block cookies, scripts, objects, advertisements, and more.

Rejecting images
Some organizations chart Internet usage by bandwidth consumption or download volume. One way to combat this is to configure your browser to reject images (which require infinitely more memory than text).

Using your personal laptop
With your work machine, the company has every advantage. They can monitor it or even install spy software on it. Show up with your own machine, and the tables are turned. They can’t do jack. If you want to get fancy, install a personal firewall on it. (Hey, you’re all about security, right?) Should anyone ask about the laptop, just tell them you are doing so much damn work at home, it’s easier to keep your files in one place.

Befriending the system administrator
If you get in good with the system admin, he or she could provide you with insights as to how the company monitors Internet use. If you really hit the jackpot, your new pal might accidentally on purpose omit your name from usage reports.

Discarding the evidence
For starters, you need to delete your cookies and temporary Internet files on a regular basis. But to really do the job right requires “wiping” your swap. Check out http://www.stack.nl/~galactus/remailers/wipeswap.html for instructions.
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Postby curious_george_43545 » Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:10 pm

wow thats an awesome article ;-D
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Postby free » Thu Mar 10, 2005 12:02 am

holy crap 8-o do you think this pure privacy site will allow me to get to the cafe around my "surf control" at work :-?
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Postby AcidRock23 » Thu Mar 10, 2005 12:09 am

This is classic!! I am thinking that I need to print off a few copies to leave on the laser printer @ work, w/o the 'stamp' from my work PC. hee hee.

"why did you rearrange all of your pictures?"

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Postby Dmville » Thu Mar 10, 2005 12:09 am

Unless your IT administrator has blocked that site and the others like it.
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Postby free » Thu Mar 10, 2005 12:18 am

the link for wiping the swipe file doesn't show the process for XP :-? would anyone else have this?
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Postby ramble2 » Thu Mar 10, 2005 3:06 am

If you use OSX on the Mac, the Expose feature works great here. You can scatter all open programs and pick which one you want to come to the fore.
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Postby so0perspam » Thu Mar 10, 2005 3:12 am

Very nice read. ;-D
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Postby Mercer Boy » Thu Mar 10, 2005 3:55 am

Haha, good stuff...unfortunately there's no way for me to move my computer so that it doesn't face the one lab door. :,-(

Always remember the "Windows button + D" closes anything that's open. ;-D
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Postby LBJackal » Thu Mar 10, 2005 3:59 am

Mercer Boy wrote:Always remember the "Windows button + D" closes anything that's open. ;-D


For even quicker closing capability, you can have a icon in the quick-launch area that does the same thing.
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