Join Date: 05-10-2003
Location: Seattle, WA - USA
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Back in 1995 (in the early days of the net) I was working at Hewlett-Packard as a 'Scheduler' (programmer responsible for making sure every production process ran in the proper order... across about 20 pieces of heavy iron). We consolidated the datacenters and since I was the least senior member of the team I was placed in 'Excess' (HP's term for lay-off candidate). So I slowly lost all my job duties but they wanted me to search for work (in our outside the company) on their time. No problem.
One afternoon I was chatting some some friends back-east on a pre-cursor to ICQ and was sent a blind link to check out. Dumb-arse sent me a link to Playboy. I properly thanked him and we went about our conversation.
Next morning I was met at the door as I carded in with security and my manager. They walked me to my cube where I was instructed to shutdown my equipment and surrender all company ID and pack my personal belongins. I was on administrative leave.
Making a long and ugly story shot, that singe link showed in on the firwall logs and alerted other members of the department. A HUGE hullabaloo went up. It took me over a week to clear my name but by that time the damage was done.
HP ened up paying me a nice severance package to just go away, which I hapily did. A small portion of that money bought my first motorcycle, but that's not the point. That was 1995 and they were monitoring access VERY cloesly then.
Things have only become more liberal (yes, I know.. shock but it was those 'free thinkings' and the 'sexual harrassment lot' that started all this. Funny thing is, the gay guy just down the isle from me could have half-naked men on a calendar in very plain view but I could not have a bikini or similar in mine. Regardless.. lawsuits were rare then.. so think about how companies view this now.
So anyone that sends or posts and image or link that is of possibly objectionable material could be contributing to the loss of someone elses job. Yes, I know the argument you are thinking already 'Well, they should be working and not surfing.' True.. but at least have some consideration of the exposure others must deal with RE such NWS matters.
Being self-employed has many dangers and pitfalls but one of the perks is NOBODY is looking over my shoulder. This is my equipment, my network and my time. YMMV.