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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-06-2006, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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(sigh) the new office

There was this anxiety walking through the aisles this morning as I was being directed to my new desk. The burning question was on my mind thatís on everyoneís. The walk seemed to last forever as we turned down one of the last rows. Everything was greatÖfar better money on this gig than any others, great atmosphere, nice new system with a great flat panel, and even surprisingly clean in the whole friggen office. Then I saw it. It being my new home for 8 hours a day. And it was awful. I still recall my heart sinking and the smile disappearing from my face as I stared at it.

Could these cubes possibly have the monitor any more exposed? WTF? Donít they realize that some people wanna surf CLSB and do other blow off stuff on their pcís like connecting to their home computers to play chess, without half the office being able to see by simply turning their head in my direction? This thing is even placed perfectly at eye level which means that I can hide my monitor like I used to by sitting up straighter. Now half my posts will be written in Outlook and then copied over I guess
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-06-2006, 02:42 PM
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Our company is adopting this "open workspace" policy as well.. Thankfully thay are starting from the top (9th) floor and I am on 4th.

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There was this anxiety walking through the aisles this morning as I was being directed to my new desk. The burning question was on my mind that’s on everyone’s. The walk seemed to last forever as we turned down one of the last rows. Everything was great…far better money on this gig than any others, great atmosphere, nice new system with a great flat panel, and even surprisingly clean in the whole friggen office. Then I saw it. It being my new home for 8 hours a day. And it was awful. I still recall my heart sinking and the smile disappearing from my face as I stared at it.

Could these cubes possibly have the monitor any more exposed? WTF? Don’t they realize that some people wanna surf CLSB and do other blow off stuff on their pc’s like connecting to their home computers to play chess, without half the office being able to see by simply turning their head in my direction? This thing is even placed perfectly at eye level which means that I can hide my monitor like I used to by sitting up straighter. Now half my posts will be written in Outlook and then copied over I guess

That's what the second monitor is for

One's set up so everyone can see and the other is perpendicular to it and off to the side and no one can see it.
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Dont they have a screen blocker like for laptops that wont allow people to view unless directly in front of you monitor?? Thought I saw some in Northwest airline magazine????? IT techies help my boy out (BUSAGIRL) to the rescue... Here is where that IT help thingy would be awesome......
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Watch out for network traffic logging and analysis.

To keep everything from prying eyes (from a network level).

Run a DNS server and web proxy at home, and keep port 22 open from your office network. ssh into home while redirecting local ports 53 and web proxy (3128 for squid, or whatever you decide to run).

On your work box:
Set up local DNS to be 127.0.0.1:53 and web proxy to be 127.0.0.1:3128(orwhatever proxy port)
then, ssh to home like:

ssh -C -L 53:localhost:53 -L 3128:localhost:3128 [email protected]

Now all of your web traffic and DNS lookups go over ssh (encrypted) to home and all the network monitoring sees is a single ssh connection out.

This assumes many things:

1) They are not keystroke logging your machine (DOH!)
2) The network allows for ssh outbound
3) You get a 3M privacy overlay for your flat panel
4) You have root/administrator priv on your box to redirect ports below 1024 (DNS port 53)
5) You're not violating a specific company poilicy that says they can fire you for this.



You can always use this for hotspots when you want to keep your activities private.

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I believe RDP is encrypted as well which is what I do into my home machine...just a pain because it's much slower.
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Ohhh poor baby.... looks like you wont be posting as much ... that does kinda blow though... sorry sweetie

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I feel for you. Across the aisle from my desk is the conference room where my manager and supervisor hang out all day, and they have a nice, clear view of my monitor at practically all times. In fact, they've even been nice enough to come over and chat when I've had up snopes during my pre-shift morning coffee. Those warning shots, combined with a specific policy against visiting message boards from work, pretty much kills any chance to stick around here during the day.

On the other hand, the office prima donna has his desk set up across from the manager's office, and since the manager's not in there but once or twice a day (and then with the door shut), he feels quite free to spend nine of his ten hours on-shift by searching for more Star Trek pictures and playing Flash games and so forth.

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Watch out for network traffic logging and analysis.

To keep everything from prying eyes (from a network level).

Run a DNS server and web proxy at home, and keep port 22 open from your office network. ssh into home while redirecting local ports 53 and web proxy (3128 for squid, or whatever you decide to run).

On your work box:
Set up local DNS to be 127.0.0.1:53 and web proxy to be 127.0.0.1:3128(orwhatever proxy port)
then, ssh to home like:

ssh -C -L 53:localhost:53 -L 3128:localhost:3128 [email protected]

Now all of your web traffic and DNS lookups go over ssh (encrypted) to home and all the network monitoring sees is a single ssh connection out.

This assumes many things:

1) They are not keystroke logging your machine (DOH!)
2) The network allows for ssh outbound
3) You get a 3M privacy overlay for your flat panel
4) You have root/administrator priv on your box to redirect ports below 1024 (DNS port 53)
5) You're not violating a specific company poilicy that says they can fire you for this.



You can always use this for hotspots when you want to keep your activities private.
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Hey, if it weren't for all the damn motorcycle avitars on this site, the board at a quick glance would resemble legitimate work.

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post #14 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-07-2006, 12:03 AM
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my cube at Kelly afb is (1)rose/pink and brown and (2) has a mouse living under the bookcase. and sometimes when I use thumbtacks to stick things to the cloth walls, the wall falls over onto my neighbor. the AF blocks virtually every internet site, and the refrigerator hasn't been cleaned in the two years I have been there.
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Hey, if it weren't for all the damn motorcycle avitars on this site, the board at a quick glance would resemble legitimate work.
there should be a "totally work safe" option. go to "user CP" first thing in the morning, click "WORK SAFE" and it's just threaded lists, no pics, etc. the mods have the time to do this, right?!!
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oh you think the AF gives us those choices?

nope.
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There is an option to turn avatars off i think.. another board i visit has a lo-fi/hi-fi selector at the bottom of the page.
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There is an option to turn avatars off i think.. another board i visit has a lo-fi/hi-fi selector at the bottom of the page.
yeah there is. it gets freaking confusing without the pictures to link to people names. i realized once how much I depended on the visual images to identify people.
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agreed.. it used to be funny at other boards, people would copy each other's avatars.. takes awhile
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Yea, I've long since turned off the signatures and avitars. There should be an additional theme that makes CLSB look like one of those Microsoft MSDN sites which are just plain boring. Then the boss might actually be impressed.
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