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Old 04-19-07, 11:36 PM   #1
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Response from boss when I said I was going to start commuting...

1. you cant do that
2. you're crazy
3. (this really pissed me off)... "that's neat"


Really pissed me off he was so disinterested. I was askign for a locker in the bathroom for me to keep shower stuff and an extra set of scrubs in. He put a keylogger on this computer so I'm sure I'll hear about posting this in the AM.
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Keylogger?? Is your boss your friend?
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Keylogger? wtf. Time for the old "laxatives in the boss' coffee" shtick.

As for his lack of interest, who cares? You're doing it for yourself.
If his lack of interest reflects on an unwillingness to accomodate you or even an attempt at frustrating you, then again laxatives are at least a comforting response.

"that's neat"
"Yeah, so's your mother"
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Old 04-20-07, 02:10 AM   #4
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That's ****ed up. You'd think people in health care would be supportive of bicycle commuting.
And a keylogger? Where the hell do you work? Oceania?
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My boss is disinterested in how I get to work. Of course, she is located in Wisconsin and obscenely busy. Plus, I work in a tech geeky type of place where just about everyone is off kilter in some way or the other. Heck we do not even have a strict time to start or a requirement to be at work (working from home).

It would be more disconcerting if your boss tried to forbid it. Which would be difficult unless your job description had a requirement for a car.
Personally, I would not let it get to me. People's opinions are just that.. opinions ...correct or incorrect.
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My manager tries to forbid me to commute every time I have an accident, which used to be a lot. Not because he was an ass but because he genuinely feared for my life. It was... weird.

BTW: It sounds hilarious if your boss said all that in 1 sitting...
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You need a new job.

I couldn't care less about your boss's opinion of commuting, but if they trust the employees so little that they run keyloggers, then that is one sucky place to work.

Is it a hardware or software keylogger? If software, and if you can get admin access to the computer, you should be able to disable it. If hardware, use the "Virtual Keyboard" (I think it's under "accessibility options" -- gives you a keyboard window where you click keys with the mouse, I.E. you can bypass the keyboard for important things like dissing your boss).

[edit] Thank you Nico for pointing out my typo .
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I could care less about your boss's opinion of commuting
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Old 04-20-07, 06:17 AM   #9
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Don't worry. That particular bastardization annoys me, too.
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You need a new job.

I could care less about your boss's opinion of commuting, but if they trust the employees so little that they run keyloggers, then that is one sucky place to work.

Is it a hardware or software keylogger? If software, and if you can get admin access to the computer, you should be able to disable it. If hardware, use the "Virtual Keyboard" (I think it's under "accessibility options" -- gives you a keyboard window where you click keys with the mouse, I.E. you can bypass the keyboard for important things like dissing your boss).
it's a software one. HE didnt change the code to open the password screen from teh normal ctrl + alt + shift + some letter so I just went over the whole keyboard untli I found it.
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Don't worry. That particular bastardization annoys me, too.
ironic someone named ax0n posted on a thread about the field I work in. I do sleep studies and also EEGs
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...I just went over the whole keyboard until I found it.


Your boss doesn't sound very nice. Mine comes in to check on me on snowy days and says things like, "You did ride! Impressive!"
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My company is owned by a bank and resides in the financial services sector. I would be a fool to not expect key logging and other forms of monitoring. Besides it is their equipment. That and I signed a long electronic usage document.
Now if they were monitoring me surfing on my cell phone....
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My boss thinks I'm nuts to ride in on my bike. Oh well, he goes to the gym in the morning to work out in a room full of sweaty people while I get outside and have a nice ride in. I can't stand going to the gym. I get bored with it too quickly but cycling I never seem to tire of.

Still, he never gives me any crap about it and I can park my bike in my cube.

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My boss (company owner) was said "OK" and I was happy, he also didn’t give me any problems with parking the bike in my office (sweet!). then last week his wife is in the office, and sees the bike. She says, "I like your bike, how far do you ride?" so I tell her its only 4.5 miles and she says "that’s great, keep it up. She then tells me that she wished her husband would take care of himself too..." I find out later that she works in health care (some dept manager??) and walks 20 minutes to work every day, how sweet, I know I'll never get gruff for riding and being occasionally late, wet, ragged...
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I work with older ladies, when the weather is cold/rainy/unpleasant they offer rides and condolences.
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My old boss (same company, different owner now) found out I was going to be commuting during the winter and *picked up the tab* for my Nokian Mount + Ground 160's.

Yours sounds insufferable. Can you do me a favor? Leave your keylogger on and type:

Everybody on bike forums thinks my boss is an ass

Thanks
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My company is owned by a bank and resides in the financial services sector. I would be a fool to not expect key logging and other forms of monitoring. Besides it is their equipment. That and I signed a long electronic usage document.
Now if they were monitoring me surfing on my cell phone....
You're right, I cant argue with that. I do tether my sprint phone to my tablet pc most of the time, but it's annoying to not just be able to use the office computers to surf craigslist or something.
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1. you cant do that
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3. (this really pissed me off)... "that's neat"
What response would you expect? This is what I hear from about 90% of people who find out about my commute.

I don't take an interest in anyone elses' commute and don't expect them to take an interest in mine. Many do take an interest and ask questions, but getting to work should not be considered a remarkable experience.
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My boss thinks I'm nuts to ride in on my bike. Oh well, he goes to the gym in the morning to work out in a room full of sweaty people while I get outside and have a nice ride in. I can't stand going to the gym. I get bored with it too quickly but cycling I never seem to tire of.

Still, he never gives me any crap about it and I can park my bike in my cube.
I'm using cycling to improve my strength training, among other things. I wish any of the bosses of any of these labs trained, cycled, or did anything really. Their choice I know, but it makes me wish I worked somewhere else to not have hardly anything in common with the people I work for and those I work with.
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What response would you expect? This is what I hear from about 90% of people who find out about my commute.

I don't take an interest in anyone elses' commute and don't expect them to take an interest in mine. Many do take an interest and ask questions, but getting to work should not be considered a remarkable experience.
I should have better stated in my post it was all his rationale for not putting up a fight to the owner or med director to get me a locker. His disinterest in my mode of transport makes him not want to help me out with getting at least a small corner to put my stuff in. I completely agree he shouldnt care otherwise, unless I got a contact high everytime I rode down the bike trail under the bridges with all the stoners.
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Sounds like an apathetic \ lazy person with a deficient personality to me.
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What response would you expect? This is what I hear from about 90% of people who find out about my commute.
I expect a prompt and highly erotic sexual encounter when I tell someone I bicycle commute.
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