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Windows Solitaire: "A Monster Of Unproductivity"

Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:00 pm

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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RE: Windows Solitaire: "A Monster Of Unproductivity"

Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:15 pm

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.
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RE: Windows Solitaire: "A Monster Of Unproductivity"

Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:28 pm

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.

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RE: Windows Solitaire: "A Monster Of Unproductivity"

Wed Jan 31, 2007 9:30 pm

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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RE: Windows Solitaire: "A Monster Of Unproductivity"

Wed Jan 31, 2007 9:36 pm

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

The same could be said for Airliners.net  biggrin 

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RE: Windows Solitaire: "A Monster Of Unproductivity"

Wed Jan 31, 2007 9:47 pm

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

Exactly! :P
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RE: Windows Solitaire: "A Monster Of Unproductivity"

Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:07 pm

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
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RE: Windows Solitaire: "A Monster Of Unproductivity"

Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:10 pm

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....
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RE: Windows Solitaire: "A Monster Of Unproductivity"

Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:06 am

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.

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RE: Windows Solitaire: "A Monster Of Unproductivity"

Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:23 am

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
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RE: Windows Solitaire: "A Monster Of Unproductivity"

Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:47 am

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.
 
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RE: Windows Solitaire: "A Monster Of Unproductivity"

Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:38 pm

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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