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2004.06.29    

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Okay, for whatever reason, I am reminded of stories relating to my IT work. Hee:

THE PORN SURFER
Or why you should never surf porn at work

One Thursday we installed a firewall because of various software issues. My partner in crime and I discussed it and decided to turn on the logs to see where people were going whilst still keeping access open. Fair enough. He leaves Thursday night, not to return until Tuesday (his day job). So here I am, the only one in the building who knows we’re monitoring website access. With access to the logs. You get where this is going, right?

I have it set up so that every time someone accesses a website the firewall deems dicey, I get emailed. So the emails start coming in. Gambling sites, dating sites, humor sites, porn sites… escort sites… shemale sites… gay porn sites… and I have the static IP addresses so I know EXACTLY who’s going where.

I’m starting to get severely squicked out, sitting alone in my office with no one to share this with. And I’m apparently surrounded by men who surf the web all day. And go to some questionnable places.

So Friday’s over and the weekend commences. And then, sadly, ends. I get into work and check the logs. Now keep in mind that there are only a few people who work on the weekends. Two, in fact.

One of them surfed porn sites—pretty tame—and one of them surfed hardcore gay porn. He’s married with four kids. Although, let’s just say I wasn’t surprised.

So I kept the web open and casually monitor access throughout the day. By the end of it, I had called up my partner, completely disgusted, and turned on the filter. I couldn’t deal with thinking that everywhere around me men were looking at naked chicks.

No one was ready to admit that they were being blocked. It took hours for someone to be brave enough to ask me what was going on. I have no idea if anyone knew that I was monitoring it, but a few guys looked pretty sheepish around me for awhile. I still have the logs.

I will always have the logs.

And the IP addresses.

Speaking of offenders, I have a story about one of the biggest:

CLEAN OUT YOUR INBOX, KIDS
Or How to Lose Any Hope of a Severance Package

A few years ago, a co-worker of mine was “let go”. Mainly because he couldn’t design his way out of a Print magazine. Before he was axed, I was instructed to look through his emails for anything weird. Which made sense. This guy was a money-grubbing little troll. So I start to go through his emails and found out that he never threw anything away. I had to look through 4000 emails, both sent and received, dating back years.

And what, pray tell, did I find? Oh, not much. He had been running another business instead of working for us. And it appeared to take up most of his time at work.

Not only that, but he had also been soliciting escort services whilst at work. Not only THAT, but he had saved (and I still have) an email sent to a few escort services to arrange a “date”, explaining that it was a surprise birthday present for a friend who would be “pleasantly surprised”. Only—here’s the kicker—the address he gave was his own. HA!

The other highlights: an email to a middle-aged couple in Duluth looking for a threesome. That was a classic. Also a series of emails back and forth between his girlfriend. She had kissed another guy and they broke up for a bit. Plenty of angry emails. Although the exchange that took the cake was a quick, “Hi, honey. I have a sore on my lip. Do you have herpes?”

Yeah, he did.