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The whole FB mentions in this thread reminded me: one of the better decisions I made last year was to get off Facebook. Don't miss it and I'm not that person in the office who checks FB every 20 seconds (FB has been replaced by P9 now). Given the open workspaces, I can easily tell the people who have a FB addiction problem. Plus there's no awkwardness about coworkers adding me or asking me to add them. "I'm not on Facebook" is so nice to say now.
 

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The whole FB mentions in this thread reminded me: one of the better decisions I made last year was to get off Facebook.
I used to work in the Fed Govt. Employees were regularly reminded that the computers at our desk were Govt property, and that employee's use of them was monitored. For each employee, they had records of every site visited and how much time was spent at those sites. We could be fired for visiting porn sites, doing stock transactions, etc. Private sector businesses have the same right to monitor employee's use of their computers. My wife used to work at a university, and a co-worker in her dept was fired for visiting porn sites.

I'm not suggesting that anybody here visits porn sites. But a lot of people have no idea how thorough their computer usage is being monitored. Be careful about how much time you use the computer for personal use during business hours.
 

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I used to work in the Fed Govt. Employees were regularly reminded that the computers at our desk were Govt property, and that employee's use of them was monitored. For each employee, they had records of every site visited and how much time was spent at those sites. We could be fired for visiting porn sites, doing stock transactions, etc. Private sector businesses have the same right to monitor employee's use of their computers. My wife used to work at a university, and a co-worker in her dept was fired for visiting porn sites.

I'm not suggesting that anybody here visits porn sites. But a lot of people have no idea how thorough their computer usage is being monitored. Be careful about how much time you use the computer for personal use during business hours.
If you ignore the fact that studies have proven that taking small breaks (which includes browsing social/news sites) improves productivity, you can remote desktop into your personal computer for the purpose of browsing the web and not be tracked by your IT dept...
 

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I used to work in the Fed Govt. Employees were regularly reminded that the computers at our desk were Govt property, and that employee's use of them was monitored. For each employee, they had records of every site visited and how much time was spent at those sites. We could be fired for visiting porn sites, doing stock transactions, etc. Private sector businesses have the same right to monitor employee's use of their computers. My wife used to work at a university, and a co-worker in her dept was fired for visiting porn sites.
Yep, I had friends who worked for Uncle Sam tell me they couldn't use their work machines for doing homework as any tax-payer could request details on what the computers were being used for (ergo the tracking). It's much harder to have tracking in the private sector, especially the software industry because people will go work elsewhere. That and most companies don't mind reasonable use as these jobs aren't "8-5 and done". Keeping an eye on e-mail on weeknights/weekends/working 50-60 hours not because you get paid for it but because you believe in it / needs to get done / etc etc = how life is, anyway.
 

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If you ignore the fact that studies have proven that taking small breaks (which includes browsing social/news sites) improves productivity, you can remote desktop into your personal computer for the purpose of browsing the web and not be tracked by your IT dept...
Or just setup a proxy (any decent 3rd party service or an SSH tunnel to a computer of your choice). Or just find another job.
 

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Or just setup a proxy (any decent 3rd party service or an SSH tunnel to a computer of your choice). Or just find another job.
Or use your smartphone or ipad. The bigger point is that when using your office computer, your boss doesn't have to catch you red-handed; all he has to do is walk down to the IT dept. That's how my wife's co-worker got caught.

The Feds I worked for had other rules. It was against regs to use a USB flash drive; as it was discovered in Afghanistan that the local help (office cleaners, etc.) were copying files onto flash drives. To prevent that, all computers were reqd to have passwords, and the "no activity timeout" was controlled by IT, and it was not long. And IT disabled any spare USB ports. The computers had a standard program load, and it was against regs to add any personal programs.
 

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Hey, BLUZPWR--you may have thought you're the only one with your color combination but your car has now been turned into a Minichamps toy model. 'Thought you might be interested. Go to . . .
Porsche Cayman Coupe 2012 987 981 Blau Blue New Minichamps 1 18 | eBay
Cool - Thx for the tip. I had been thinking of looking for a model.
Actually, when the 981C first came out, the PCNA press fleet had a car with the same combo. Automobile and/or R&T used that car for their first test review.
 

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I currently work for the government. My laptop has security on it that blocks all social media, porn, and private email websites. This already prevents the unlawful use while at work. My government iPhone on the other hand does not.
 

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Cool - Thx for the tip.
You're welcome. A bit hard to look at that toy and not think of your car.:)

I had been thinking of looking for a model.
Actually, when the 981C first came out, the PCNA press fleet had a car with the same combo. Automobile and/or R&T used that car for their first test review.
Ironically, just like the real thing, the model is A) terrific, and B) overpriced.:hilarious:
I had an MGA (back when you could get a good used one for $500--which is what it cost me) with the red leather interior. 'Just loved it!
 

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You're welcome. A bit hard to look at that toy and not think of your car.:)


Ironically, just like the real thing, the model is A) terrific, and B) overpriced.

I had an MGA with the red leather interior. 'Just loved it!
I did a web search and found that Minichamps makes several 981 (same model in different colors), but the blue/red is in pre-production and isn't in stock right now. Re your "terrific" comment - is that based upon your actually having seen Minichamps models?

The blue over red combo isn't that unusual outside of the Porsche crowd. I saw about ten of them at various places during Monterey Car Week last summer. Red in black is a little more common. Red in silver is the most common.
 

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Yes, I'd like some proper feedback as well please re: Minichamps models (construction, color, feel). Those things average for $120 US for the 1:18 on E-bay and I'd like to know if anyone here has bought one.
 

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I'm afraid I had Minichamps confused with Maisto, which is cheaper but I think very good given it's lower price. About Minichamps I'm afraid I must plead ignorance.
 

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Download the AdBlock plugin for your browser (I use Chrome). It works really well to keep annoying ads off your screen (cough, cough P-9), but I didn't realize it would also selectively block things like avatars and other offensive images. Thanks for the tip Easy.

Now I'll never have to look are those ripe melons (Capt Picard & Vin Diesel ) again!!!! JK

Hint - seems you may have to close and open your session for it to take permanently.
NOOOOOO....Not Jean-Luc!

After all he's done for the cause:


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Pfft only 3 videos per post? What is this? 1997? The year of Porsche commercials with Patrick Stewart?


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and to finally and completely derail, the thread, Engage...

 

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How to Deal with Very Curious Strangers

Good day!

I received my CGTS last friday and have put on about 400 miles since (meaning I've gone through two gas tanks :drivingskid:). I knew my young age matched with driving such a beautiful car was going to be a bit of a sight to see. Apart from the "that's a good looking car! What is it?" question, I've ran into 7 individuals who've asked how much I paid for it. I'm not ashamed to admit more than half of it was gifted to me as an early graduation present from my parents (I go to a Service Academy so there's no tuition), but I kind of find it too personal of a question for strangers to ask. This is all new to me so I'm sure all you old folk could help:taunt:
Thoughts?
 

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Re: How to Deal with Very Curious Strangers

Good day!

I received my CGTS last friday and have put on about 400 miles since (meaning I've gone through two gas tanks :drivingskid:). I knew my young age matched with driving such a beautiful car was going to be a bit of a sight to see. Apart from the "that's a good looking car! What is it?" question, I've ran into 7 individuals who've asked how much I paid for it. I'm not ashamed to admit more than half of it was gifted to me as an early graduation present from my parents (I go to a Service Academy so there's no tuition), but I kind of find it too personal of a question for strangers to ask. This is all new to me so I'm sure all you old folk could help:taunt:
Thoughts?
Repeat Verbatim: "You know what they say, if you gotta ask..."
Optional: You put on your sunglasses, engage PSE and drive away.
Really Optional: Cigar (doesn't have to be lit)

OR or or..

"I married an extremely well to do 80 year old lady"

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"You know what they say about driving it like you stole it?" <Wait 2 seconds> "I stole it"

Or rotate those responses around.
 

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Re: How to Deal with Very Curious Strangers

I think I'll stick to the cougar story :hilarious: that's pure gold!!!
 
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