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Thursday, August 02, 2007

The Bag Of Tricks

To add to the challenge(s) of IT department in managing enterprise systems, the WSJ has come out with a well thought out list of useful hints for employees on getting around the corporate network.
These are the top the top 10 secrets our IT departments don't want us to know. How to surf to blocked sites without leaving any traces, for instance, or carry on instant-message chats without having to download software. Ten Things Your IT Department Won't Tell You is full of advice for the office worker who wants to outwit thecontrols that enterprise managers impose on fellow workers.
Among the tips:
• How to send giant files (Answer: Through any number of free online services)
• How to visit the web sites your company blocks (Answer: Use a proxy site or Google's translation service)
• How to store work files online (Answer: an online storage service!)
How to look like you are working( Answer : Hit Alt-Tab to quickly minimize one window (say, the one where you're browsing ESPN.com) and maximize another (like that presentation that's due today).
It may well be time now for reiterating corporate network usage policies. I did not expect WSJ of all in the media to come out with an article like this – may be a precursor of what’s bound to come with change in ownership?

Note : A lot of friends have written to me asking if am not going to blog, as there are no updates for the past several days. The answer is you will see regular updates moving forward. A combination of circumstances created so much pressure on time coming in the way of blogging last couple of weeks.

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