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What a dickhead my manager is! He called me in for 'a quiet word' this afternoon, and tried to tell me that from this day forward, I would have to limit my private use of the Internet to 15 mins. a day! Bloody cheek! I told him where to stick his rules & regulations...but I do hope I'll have some money left in my bank account after New York because now I definitely want a home computer as a contingency plan... I had to wait all day till he'd gone before I could upload my GotR-pictures. Spoilsport!


May. 18th, 2004 08:03 pm (UTC)
Hmm, maybe things are different in the Netherland, but it doesn't seem like your boss is being all that unreasonable. Here employers are well within their rights to restrict, even disallow entirely, the personal use of company equipment and bandwidth. Corporate policy regarding Internet access varies, and I'm lucky in that the company I work for doesn't mind people doing a bit of surfing as long as it doesn't cut into work time and isn't wildly inappropriate. For example, I'd never read NC-17 fic or download MP3s at the office, because that's the kind of thing that could easily get me sacked. Fortunately, I have a laptop and broadband at home, otherwise I'd go quite mad ;-)

It's a shame, but I can't see the GotR pictures :-( I'll try again tomorrow!
May. 19th, 2004 08:16 am (UTC)
Sorry about the pictures and the bandwith issue...I've been working with computers now for over 10 years and I still don't understand how they work. I'll re-post the pics as soon as possible.

As to the question of Internet access from work: I'm in exactly the same position re: corporate policy as you are; I just happen to know the rule better than most of the other employees as I was part of the senior management/employees committee that drew it up a few years back. So it's not up to He Who Shall Remain Nameless to try and restrict it in any way, as long as I take care to surf only when it doesn't interfere with my usual tasks. Hmmm -- I think there may be some room for improvement there...