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Windows Solitaire: "A Monster Of Unproductivity"  
User currently offlineWSOY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1405 times:

Says the creator:
When I wrote Solitaire for Microsoft, I unleashed a monster of unproductivity onto the world," Wes Cherry, author of Microsoft Windows Solitaire told Sophos. "I bet there are millions of bosses out there who hate me. If I had a penny for every hour that has been wasted playing Solitaire in the office, I could hire Bill Gates as my golf caddie.

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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1394 times:

Absolutely true.

The better employers know this and won't even give the employees machines with the executable on them. Kind of hard to run a program that doesn't exist.


User currently offlineAirbusA346 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 7437 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1384 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 1):

True, you can even pay Dell to remove them from machine before they are delivered.

You can choose for things like games, network tools and other things, but you can only choose one of them not all or even two, just one.

Tom.



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12163 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1361 times:
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Quoting TedTAce (Reply 1):
The better employers know this and won't even give the employees machines with the executable on them. Kind of hard to run a program that doesn't exist.

Yeah, my work computer is one of those. I can't barely do anything here, including surfing lots of webpages for one reason or another.

My old employer took away solitaire, but didn't realize that you could start it by typing sol.exe in the run window  Wink



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User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4529 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1358 times:

Quoting WSOY (Thread starter):
Windows Solitaire: "A Monster Of Unproductivity"

The same could be said for Airliners.net  biggrin 

Robert



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User currently offlineLYRFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1351 times:

Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 4):
The same could be said for Airliners.net

Exactly! :P


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1337 times:

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 3):
My old employer took away solitaire, but didn't realize that you could start it by typing sol.exe in the run window

That's why:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 1):
The better employers know this and won't even give the employees machines with the executable on them


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12163 posts, RR: 36
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1335 times:
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Quoting TedTAce (Reply 6):
That's why:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 1):
The better employers know this and won't even give the employees machines with the executable on them

Yeah, Solitaire isn't much fun anyways. I prefer Java or Flash games online.....which are also blocked here...grrr....



911, where is your emergency?
User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4845 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1287 times:

Most government of Canada employees are masters of Solitaire and Minesweeper. They would be even better if they showed up more. I had a friends at Fisheries and Oceans who once didn't show up for three days and nobody said anything.

YOWza



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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1271 times:

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 7):
which are also blocked here

There are always workarounds,, you just need to be willing to get the guys in IT drunk enough to give them to you  Wink


User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1216 times:

I had a co-worker that ended each lunch break with a game of Solitarie might go 15-20 minutes into her afternoon. Never understood why a government agency would have that game on their computers. Anyways never looked fun to me.

User currently offlineMelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1563 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1140 times:

Quoting AirCop (Reply 10):
had a co-worker that ended each lunch break with a game of Solitarie might go 15-20 minutes into her afternoon. Never understood why a government agency would have that game on their computers. Anyways never looked fun to me.

My employer (Australian Government agency) has always had solitare, minesweeper, etc removed from their machines. If you are caught playing a Java or Flash game, or even if you're found to have them stored on your network profile during a sweep of your files, then that's pretty much grounds for dismissal under our IT use policy. Not so much for the loss of productivity but for running the risk of introducing viruses into the network. Our network is one of the largest in the world, with around 23000 terminals. Emails from friends outside are frequently blocked by the gateway due to images, excecutables, and swear words, it's almost paranoia.



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