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Clay Denski
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      11-09-2004
I have a question for those of you who use AIM (Aol instant
messenger). I use it at work, for work. My boss uses it too, as do
others. PRoblem is, whenever I get up to use the bathroom, I lock my
computer (ctrl-alt-del then lock) so nobody gets in and plays pranks,
but when I do that, AIM pops up on my bosses computer the message
"Clay is Away". He doesn't have his messenger set up to NOT show
those notifications. When I get back from using the bathroom, or
whatever, it sends out another popup. This seems to me a privacy
problem. Locking my keyboard should NOT force a broadcast of "I'm
away". Yet there is no setting I can find in AIM to turn that off.

Is there another IM I should use that would still be AIM compatible?

Help!
 
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nemo outis
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      11-10-2004
In article <(E-Mail Removed) >, http://www.velocityreviews.com/forums/(E-Mail Removed) (Clay Denski) wrote:
>I have a question for those of you who use AIM (Aol instant
>messenger). I use it at work, for work. My boss uses it too, as do
>others. PRoblem is, whenever I get up to use the bathroom, I lock my
>computer (ctrl-alt-del then lock) so nobody gets in and plays pranks,
>but when I do that, AIM pops up on my bosses computer the message
>"Clay is Away". He doesn't have his messenger set up to NOT show
>those notifications. When I get back from using the bathroom, or
>whatever, it sends out another popup. This seems to me a privacy
>problem. Locking my keyboard should NOT force a broadcast of "I'm
>away". Yet there is no setting I can find in AIM to turn that off.
>
>Is there another IM I should use that would still be AIM compatible?
>
>Help!



There may be many solutions to your problem, but let me suggest
one "brute force" one.

Go into your network connections and "disable" it before walking
away from you desk and re-"enable" it when you return.

FWIW I have had good success with this method to prevent any
number of squealing programs from "phoning home" when I was
doing something I preferred not to call attention to.

Regards,

 
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Leythos
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      11-10-2004
In article <C6fkd.170317$%k.40267@pd7tw2no>, nemo (E-Mail Removed)
(nemo outis) says...
> >Is there another IM I should use that would still be AIM compatible?


I use Yahoo and it lets me setup if I want users to know what I'm doing
- if I'm on-line or not. Just disable where it tells users that you are
on-line.

And why do you care if the Boss, or anyone, knows if you are not at your
desk - don't you work for them? Don't they supervise you? Do you spend
too much time away from your desk that you are concerned they might know
about it?

Don't make so much out of it - I know companies that require the call
center people to enter codes for talking on the phone for support,
taking a break, going to the bathroom, talking with another support
person and being unable to access a phone, etc.... be glad that you
method is automated.

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donnie
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      11-10-2004
On 9 Nov 2004 15:37:37 -0800, (E-Mail Removed) (Clay Denski)
wrote:

>I have a question for those of you who use AIM (Aol instant
>messenger). I use it at work, for work. My boss uses it too, as do
>others. PRoblem is, whenever I get up to use the bathroom, I lock my
>computer (ctrl-alt-del then lock) so nobody gets in and plays pranks,
>but when I do that, AIM pops up on my bosses computer the message
>"Clay is Away". He doesn't have his messenger set up to NOT show
>those notifications. When I get back from using the bathroom, or
>whatever, it sends out another popup. This seems to me a privacy
>problem. Locking my keyboard should NOT force a broadcast of "I'm
>away". Yet there is no setting I can find in AIM to turn that off.
>
>Is there another IM I should use that would still be AIM compatible?
>
>Help!

######################
I never used it but look into Trillian.
donnie.
 
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donnie
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      11-10-2004
On 9 Nov 2004 15:37:37 -0800, (E-Mail Removed) (Clay Denski)
wrote:

>I have a question for those of you who use AIM (Aol instant
>messenger). I use it at work, for work. My boss uses it too, as do
>others. PRoblem is, whenever I get up to use the bathroom, I lock my
>computer (ctrl-alt-del then lock) so nobody gets in and plays pranks,
>but when I do that, AIM pops up on my bosses computer the message
>"Clay is Away". He doesn't have his messenger set up to NOT show
>those notifications. When I get back from using the bathroom, or
>whatever, it sends out another popup. This seems to me a privacy
>problem. Locking my keyboard should NOT force a broadcast of "I'm
>away". Yet there is no setting I can find in AIM to turn that off.
>
>Is there another IM I should use that would still be AIM compatible?
>
>Help!

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Something just occured to me. Could your boss have placed a script on
your machine to notify him? Are you the only person to whom that is
happening?
donnie

 
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nemo outis
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      11-10-2004
In article
<(E-Mail Removed)>, Leythos
<(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
...sniip...
>Don't make so much out of it - I know companies that require the call
>center people to enter codes for talking on the phone for support,
>taking a break, going to the bathroom, talking with another support
>person and being unable to access a phone, etc.... be glad that you
>method is automated.
>



Do such companies pay for their employees getting facial barcode
tatoos or do the employees have to pay for them out of their own
pockets?

Regards,

PS Do you just report on corporate fascism or are you an
active advocate for it?


 
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Timothy Goddard
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      11-10-2004
"donnie" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message

> Something just occured to me. Could your boss have placed a script on
> your machine to notify him? Are you the only person to whom that is
> happening?
> donnie


If his boss had installed a scipt like that on his computer, why would his
boss then let him know about it? At least, that's the way I read his
original post.

This will simply be a 'feature' of the program that the programmers couldn't
imagine anybody wanting to disable.

I would hardly call this a _privacy_ issue. Have you ever seen those
magnetic whiteboards where a little coloured marker shows whether you're in
the office or not and when you'll be back? This is very similar and isn't
exactly very invasive.


 
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Leythos
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      11-10-2004
In article <bEfkd.168392$nl.135211@pd7tw3no>, nemo (E-Mail Removed)
(nemo outis) says...
> In article
> <(E-Mail Removed)>, Leythos
> <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> ..sniip...
> >Don't make so much out of it - I know companies that require the call
> >center people to enter codes for talking on the phone for support,
> >taking a break, going to the bathroom, talking with another support
> >person and being unable to access a phone, etc.... be glad that you
> >method is automated.
> >

>
>
> Do such companies pay for their employees getting facial barcode
> tatoos or do the employees have to pay for them out of their own
> pockets?


I think they inject a small microchip under the neck-skin, like they do
dogs, to track them around the building (and through K-Mart scanners)

> PS Do you just report on corporate fascism or are you an
> active advocate for it?


I just know a chap the works for a place that requires it, and the OP's
post reminded me of it, that was all.

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Mike
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      11-10-2004
nemo outis wrote:

> PS Do you just report on corporate fascism or are you an
> active advocate for it?


*******s! If you were paying someone to do a job, you'd be prety ****ed
if they spent a inordinate amount of time doing something else.


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Pete
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      11-10-2004
On 9 Nov 2004 15:37:37 -0800, (E-Mail Removed) (Clay Denski) wrote:

>I have a question for those of you who use AIM (Aol instant
>messenger). I use it at work, for work. My boss uses it too, as do
>others. PRoblem is, whenever I get up to use the bathroom, I lock my
>computer (ctrl-alt-del then lock) so nobody gets in and plays pranks,
>but when I do that, AIM pops up on my bosses computer the message
>"Clay is Away". He doesn't have his messenger set up to NOT show
>those notifications. When I get back from using the bathroom, or
>whatever, it sends out another popup. This seems to me a privacy
>problem. Locking my keyboard should NOT force a broadcast of "I'm
>away". Yet there is no setting I can find in AIM to turn that off.


That is no 'privacy problem' at all. You're at work. Just say 'brb', lock
your computer, and be done with it.


>Is there another IM I should use that would still be AIM compatible?
>
>Help!


ICQ.

Regards,

Pete.

 
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