Tuesday, July 12, 2016

confession time

Ok so I'll admit I'm pretty techie and have been since my late teens.  One job I had back in 2000, we had an open network.  Companies weren't really using filters yet because the internet was still young.  I was well aware of what a network administrator was capable of monitoring, but there were so many employees and there was never any correction of behavior.  Lots of people surfed, some watched streaming video (which was a huge data hog back then), so it was pretty accepted to surf in the background while you worked.  As the market turned because of the recession at the time, each quarter slowly small groups of people would be let go.  I managed to survive many many cuts, and when I finally did get cut I wasn't surprised, or mad.. But backing up maybe a year before that, it was well understood that the head of the IT department was not very smart, or very aggressive in combating slacking.  I imagine as it became tough for management to decide who to let go out of the small pool, he asked IT to start monitoring everyone's activities as leverage.  One day, the IT manager walks into my cubicle, and hands me about 3 sheets of what they considered "inappropriate websites", warns me to tone things down, and walks away.  The list wasn't porn, mostly news blogs, perhaps other random things that come up in searches.. Annnnd quite a few crossdressing yahoo pages.  Yea, I had the balls to surf to crossdress websites, at work.  Needless to say, those lists were never shared with anyone, but I vowed to not visit "those pages" anymore.

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