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  • Source: Facebook Is Building FB@Work

    Source: Facebook Is Building FB@Work

    The phrase “Facebook at work” usually suggests people frittering away the day on the social network and not actually doing their jobs. But according to an anonymous source inside Facebook, the company is working on a way to put the social network into a more positive light in the office. It is building an at-work version of Facebook. “We are making work more fun and… Read More

  • Want To Unionize Developers? Focus On Workplace Democracy

    Want To Unionize Developers? Focus On Workplace Democracy

    Despite the efforts of many different organizers over the years software developers have resisted unionization. The relatively high pay and good working conditions of developers, the stereotype of geeks as loners and the general decline of unions in the U.S. are all commonly cited reasons. But maybe unions are failing in tech because they’re not addressing the real issue: giving… Read More

  • Dropbox Now Helps Team Admins Get Everyone To Turn On Two-Step Verification

    Dropbox Now Helps Team Admins Get Everyone To Turn On Two-Step Verification

    When you’re managing a collaborative space for your team at work or a group of folks working on a project, you know that security is extremely important. Dropbox knows this, too, and launched its two-step verification process for all users in August. Read More

  • Should Employees Be Fired For Using Their Job-Provided Laptops To Look Up Porn?

    Here’s a fascinating privacy debate for y’all to chew on this Friday afternoon. A public official in Australia was sacked after it was discovered that he had searched for “knockers” on his work-provided computer. The computer had been running monitoring software, Spector360, that took screenshots every 30 seconds, so it found him looking for “knockers”… Read More

  • Office Kid: Fake child, real excuse to leave work

    Anyone who’s had to deal with co-workers in any capacity knows that kids trump all office-related priorities, leaving those of us without kids to do most of the heavy lifting while working parents leave for five hours every day to chauffeur their little, jobless a-holes to the emergency room every time one of them sneezes. Read More

  • Shock report: Workers buying their own laptops, cell phones

    If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time on the road, and a laptop and cellphone are vital to your work. I’m fortunate enough to have a job that takes care of the hardware issue, but many aren’t so lucky. Some people who travel have to buy their own equipment, and some people aren’t happy about it. But there’s a question there. What should an employee reasonably… Read More

  • This Just In: People like Facebook and YouTube

    Almost 40 percent of 18 to 24 year-old office workers said that they would consider leaving their jobs if their access to Facebook and other popular web sites was blocked from their work computers. The survey was given to 1,000 office workers and included other sites as well, YouTube being one of them, according to vnunet.com. The survey by IT services firm Telindus found that 39 per cent of… Read More

  • Building your productive workspace: Yes you can!

    Let’s start with the basics here for CrunchGear’s Productivity Week; your workspace. Everyone’s work area should be an exercise in functionality and each one will undoubtedly be as unique as a fallen snowflake or the DNA test results that cleared you of all those murders back in ’99. That being said, let’s take a look at my personal workspace as I share some… Read More

  • On the subject of dovetailing skill sets…

    Just came across this gem of a Craigslist post in my RSS reader. computer/gardening help (Cambridge) Harvard academic requires help at home/home office. Approximately five-10 hours a week to help with computer (creating an address book; digitizing photograph collection); and simple gardening. Located four blocks west of the Square—near ART and Cronkhite Center; flexible hours. Salary to… Read More

  • AMD introduces 'Business Class' technology

    AMD is targeting the small- and medium-sized business pools with its “Business Class” platform, to be sold by a handful of AMD’s partners, including Dell, Acer, Fujitsu, HP, and Lenovo. What’s interesting is that AMD’s taking an open approach, so systems will be available with graphics chips by ATI, whom AMD purchased in mid-2006, but will also support… Read More

  • Got any suggestions for dealing with IT bullies?

    Eric Spiegel’s got an interesting article about an IT bully at his previous place of employment along with three tips about how to deal with IT bullies. The first tip is to try to establish a conversational relationship — connect with the other person on a non-work level. The second tip is to wow this person with a flash of IT brilliance — gain a little geek… Read More

  • Fodder for your "I need a bigger monitor" argument

    At my previous place of employment, I found myself in a puzzling predicament. I’d been given an underpowered desktop machine hooked up to a 17-inch CRT monitor and told to get to work managing projects and updating stories for highly-trafficked news web sites along with various other tasks involving a plethora of open desktop windows. I quickly became that guy at the office —… Read More

  • Slack off all day with World Golf Tour

    If I still worked in an office instead of out of the home — where I’m mere feet from an Xbox 360 and a Nintendo Wii — I’d probably play this game all day long. Actually, who am I kidding? I’d have to get up and walk to the other room and turn on the TV and the consoles and load the games. This game is right in front of me, right now! It’s a simple… Read More

  • Ha ha work is funny

    http://www.glumbert.com/embed/baddayoffice glumbert – Bad Day at the Office Yeah, I know it’s stupid and probably staged, but I’m a sucker for office fighting. Read More

  • I want convenience and accountability for Christmas

    I don’t want to play the “peace on Earth, goodwill towards men” card but I would like the following five things, which I think would benefit other people besides just me. 1. Mandatory Online Cancellation Policies If a company lets you sign up for service and manage your account online without talking to anybody, it should be mandatory that they let you cancel the service… Read More

  • Breaking: Technology makes it easier to get to pr0n at work

    According to a survey by the American Management Association, you’re looking at porn at work. Yes, you. And, lo and behold, it’s because the technology we use every day makes it easier. Cellphones, laptops, and other portable devices are making it harder to crack down on habitual porn users. It’s quite shocking. In related totally obvious tech news, Apple releases products… Read More

  • InFocus' New IN12 Ultraportable Projector

    Oh boy, I can’t wait for the next bi-monthly strategic planning meeting. That’s when I get to whip out my new InFocus IN12 mobile projector with “extraordinarily adjustable 1.4x zoom lens.” Read More

  • Working At Rockstar Makes You One Cool Dude

    NOT! But it’s always fun to see the inner-workings of all your favorite companies. Jeff, who used to work for Rockstar Games, recently posted a gigantic manifesto on his time spent working for the company. It’s a great read full of interesting tidbits, though some of the stuff is predictable. Here’s a snarky excerpt: Working there also really did buy the rock star treatment… Read More