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Old 05-27-2007, 08:18 PM   #21
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I know it's wrong to steal company's time, but given the complexity of the problems that knowledge workers have to solve, sometimes furiously typing away at a keyboard doesn't help much, and, besides, very few people can concentrate fully for 10-11 hours at a stretch. I find that a little distance from the problem helps a great deal after I have spent enough time banging my head against the problem, so reading a forum or sending some personal emails definitely provide that needed distance. I certainly wouldn't surf for pr0n at work though. (I have it on a memory stick.)

However, even for non-pr0n personal PC use, I would still bring my laptop and my own Verizon card. You might as well write your email at work on a big placard and carry it through the company's halls. It's that secure. The same goes for your web postings. Don't you think that your boss would weigh your desire to FIRE if the choice for promotion comes down to you and someone equally qualified but is not on the FIRE track?

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Old 05-27-2007, 09:01 PM   #22
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While many companies can and do monitor your traffic, they don't generally monitor it actively. As in, they collect the data for when they get a complaint, so they can cover their asses. It's a waste of resources to have someone sitting in an office watching what other people click on.

But yes, I feel that my line of work requires that I sometimes distance myself from my work. I've never seen the point of "looking busy" when I very clearly am trying to let my subconscious work on a problem.

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