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Doing the Laptop Drive of Shame

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the monday-monday-monday dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 252

netbuzz writes "If you bring your work computer home with any regularity, chances are good that you've done the Laptop Drive of Shame. (Oh, c'mon, admit it.) It's happening more than ever ... and costing more than ever, too, what with the price of gas and all." I'll spoil it for you — they mean leaving your laptop at home. Yay, Monday news cycle.

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Unfunny (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24179911)

Stupid unfunny slow news story. Not laughing 'cause it's like a lame stand-up-comedian-dont-you-hate joke. Get yer tomatoes out everyone.

Re:Unfunny (2, Funny)

OS24Ever (245667) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180039)

reminds of the last unfunny news cast where you stood outside an apple store and asked the people in line if they'd ever seen a naked woman.

Re:Unfunny (2, Funny)

Applekid (993327) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180177)

reminds of the last unfunny news cast where you stood outside an apple store and asked the people in line if they'd ever seen a naked woman.

That's only unfunny because they probably HAVE. Now, repeat the experiment in front of a GameStop....

Re:Unfunny (3, Funny)

deathlyslow (514135) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180285)

reminds of the last unfunny news cast where you stood outside an apple store and asked the people in line if they'd ever seen a naked woman.

That's only unfunny because they probably HAVE. Now, repeat the experiment in front of a GameStop....

Don't forget to append "in person" to the question.

Re:Unfunny (4, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180239)

...stood outside an apple store and asked the people in line if they'd ever seen a naked woman.

Of course not, silly. It's an Apple store. Now, had you said naked man...

Good GOD!!! (4, Insightful)

WED Fan (911325) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180139)

Good God, editors, it's bad enough someone would submit this story, but you guys let it through?

Can we mod the editors out of office?

Would it be possible to add modding to the published articles? Can we prevent this submitter from ever submitting a story again?

Re:Good GOD!!! (4, Insightful)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180449)

Good God, editors, it's bad enough someone would submit this story, but you guys let it through? Can we mod the editors out of office? Would it be possible to add modding to the published articles? Can we prevent this submitter from ever submitting a story again?

I wholeheartedly second this. This is an horrifically bad article. It would be good if it were possible to mod articles. Something like:

-1 Slashvertisement
-1 Dupe
-1 What-on-Earth-was-Taco-thinking-Has-he-not-had-enough-coffee-yet?

etc...

The folks over at whatever magazine website TFA was from have just seriously missed a golden opportunity. Rather than convert the slashdot effect in to new readers, this article was so bad that they've just made a lot of people avoid ever visiting their site again. Way to go guys!

Re:Good GOD!!! (4, Funny)

WED Fan (911325) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180619)

Further, its just a warmed over I forgot my insert, I have to go back home:

  • Badge
  • Store keys
  • Report
  • Pants (I once arrived at work without my pants. Imagine a 20 minute commute, and I didn't even notice I was missing my pants. Hell, neither did the other people on the bus. (It was the Bay Area.)

Re:Good GOD!!! (1)

Talderas (1212466) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180849)

I suggest we initiate the Defenestration of /. In honor of the second Defenestration of Prague, we toss the editors into a cart full of horse poo.

Wow (5, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 5 years ago | (#24179915)

This is the first time I wish I had been rickrolled instead of getting that awful article.

Re:Wow (3, Funny)

_Hellfire_ (170113) | more than 5 years ago | (#24179973)

netbuzz writes

"If you bring your work computer home with any regularity, chances are good that you've done the Laptop Drive of Shame [youtube.com]. (Oh, c'mon, admit it.) It's happening more than ever ... and costing more than ever, too, what with the price of gas and all."

I'll spoil it for you- they mean leaving your laptop at home. Yay monday news cycle.

Shorter version... (2, Funny)

Saint Fnordius (456567) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180827)

"Sometimes I forget things and have to go back to get them. Now I leave my work laptop at home, and people laugh at me when I have to go back home to retrieve it."

It's not even news. It's just a pale, pale attempt to do Andy Rooney type fluff columns.

So yeah, I now regret reading the whole thing. It was a Rickroll that was so lame it didn't even have Rick Astley in it.

thats why I dont do it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24179935)

I leave my laptop chained to my desk at work.. Im tired of lugging that damned thing back and forth.

-db

Re:thats why I dont do it! (4, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180255)

Well, it would be easier to lug that damned thing without the desk. Cut the chain.

Sometimes... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24179951)

On purpose, to avoid Monday.

boy did i misinterpret that (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24179953)

I thought it had something to do with donating your porn laptop to the less fortunate or something. Well, it probably would have made a better arrticle.

Fortunately (4, Funny)

Rik Sweeney (471717) | more than 5 years ago | (#24179959)

I don't live that far away from work, so if I ever forget my laptop it's not too much of a trek. To be honest I'm more likely to "forget" my pass and then I have to go and temporary one from the lovely girls in premises (I'm not stupid you know).

Seriously though, I usually just put my laptop bag, with the laptop inside it (the most important bit) across my front door so that I have to pick it up to open the door. Obviously this only works if you're the first person out the door in the morning...

Re:Fortunately (1)

RMH101 (636144) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180339)

+1 Obvious-but-brilliant for the bag across the door idea!
These days if I leave my laptop at home I tend to just turn round and work from home.

Don't do that. (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24179965)

Don't bring your work computer home. It's unsafe (unless you are very cautious) and it removes the separation of work and recreation. If you're doing it to use the computer for private purposes, buy your own. The price has gone down a lot and owning your personal computer reduces liability issues. Besides, if any of your spare time computer activities ever becomes valuable, there won't be the issue that it was produced with company equipment and therefore belongs to the company.

Re:Don't do that. (1)

jandrese (485) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180065)

Putting work data on a personal laptop often carries a lot of risk as well. Also, it's not always practical to buy a copy of your work applications for home use (who wants to install something like Opnet on a home machine), especially if the application has some sort of exotic license checking scheme (or even just flexlm).

If you do bring your work machine home regularly, then there is no excuse for not installing a product like Pointsec on it, and have some sort of off-machine backup solution. Frankly, laptop hard drives are flaky enough that you'd better have that backup solution anyway.

Re:Don't do that. (1)

residieu (577863) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180129)

You missed the point. You don't put work data on your personal laptop. Your personal laptop is your personal laptop and stays at home. Your work laptop is your work laptop and stays at work. Since your work laptop stays at work, you don't do work at home.

Re:Don't do that. (1)

RMH101 (636144) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180363)

So why have a work laptop? Have a cheaper desktop instead.

Re:Don't do that. (3, Insightful)

compro01 (777531) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180429)

Because your workplace is not at a fixed location? Not all of us sit at a desk all day.

Re:Don't do that. (4, Insightful)

RMH101 (636144) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180515)

...that's kind of my point. Laptop = flexibility, including ability to work from home. This doesn't have to mean unpaid overtime: I appreciate being able to WFH when I want and having the flexibility to work where and when I want to. My point is that suggesting a work laptop never comes home isn't ideal for most people.

Re:Don't do that. (1)

magarity (164372) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180737)

it removes the separation of work and recreation
 
No it doesn't; since they've issued me a laptop but denied VPN access the only thing I can do if I lug the thing home is play video games. Needless to say without admin rights to install anything it stays cabled locked to the desk all the time. Straight out of User Friendly, I swear.

Never been a problem for me... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24179981)

I'm so tied to my computer that I've never left it at home by mistake. I forget my wallet or cell phone a few times a year, but my laptop is safe.

Terrible post... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24180003)

Go home you fanboys!

Better that than the Laptop Flight of Shame... (1)

Airw0lf (795770) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180005)

I'm sure there have been more than a few business travellers who have flown across many time zones only to realise they've left their laptop behind...

Re:Better that than the Laptop Flight of Shame... (2, Funny)

Wiseazz (267052) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180101)

Wouldn't that more likely be the Fedex next-day-air mail drop of shame?

I haven't done that with a laptop, but I have done it with marketing material I was supposed to bring to a conference. What did they expect? I'm a programmer... They should be glad I show up to work with a full compliment of clothing every day, much less remember to bring their pack of branded security badge holders and 8.5 X 11 fliers of lies and shame.

Re:Better that than the Laptop Flight of Shame... (2, Funny)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180519)

A couple of weeks ago I changed an on-site router for one with a better firewall. No-one had the admin password for the old one so I setup the new one from scratch without any reference point. I would normally leave the old router on site 'just in case' but I managed to 'tidy it up' and bring it back to the office.

Guess what, a few hours later someone from the site was calling because a piece of neworked kit (a stock management scanner) could not connect to its remote ordering server.

To cut a long story short, my colleague drove the old router to Portsmouth (UK) - about 30 miles - and it was put on a hovercraft over to the Isle of Wight, where it was picked up by one of the site staff!

That must be the hovercraft of shame!?

Re:Better that than the Laptop Flight of Shame... (1)

Amouth (879122) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180191)

we do training classes - where the guys have to take their laptop and a projector.. i can't tell you how many times they leave the cords for the projector at home.. they remember the projector.. but they will pull the cords out of the bag and stick the projector in their luggage and leave the cords at home.. and of course the call me and ask what to do...

sometimes i wish they could see the expressions i am making when they call me.....

Tele-commute home (1)

ashley77 (1270556) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180017)

Why not just Tele-commute back home for the day. I do this on a daily basis with very usable results using RDP over an SSH tunnel.

If you're working for yourself this is actually the safest way to ensure your data is secure as it doesn't leave you home. I encrypt the critical stuff as well just to be sure.

Re:Tele-commute home (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24180121)

Do you mean from home? It is kind of difficult to telecommute back home without a computer, and hell if you can telecommute so easily why leave home in the first place or second as the case may be?

Re:Tele-commute home (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180531)

Do you mean from home? It is kind of difficult to telecommute back home without a computer

Nah, he means you use your desktop in the office to remote connect back to your laptop at home. Or maybe he's just, you know, being sarky.

The old guard needs to go away. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24180165)

Why not just Tele-commute back home for the day. I do this on a daily basis with very usable results using RDP over an SSH tunnel.

If you're working for yourself this is actually the safest way to ensure your data is secure as it doesn't leave you home. I encrypt the critical stuff as well just to be sure.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of asshat managers who want their employees in the office.

Also, when you're not in front of the boss all the time, he doesn't really see your contribution, so when review time comes, you won't get the points that the folks who are there will.

Re:Tele-commute home (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180579)

Why not just Tele-commute back home for the day. I do this on a daily basis with very usable results using RDP over an SSH tunnel.

That doesn't help if you've already unplugged the laptop in preparation for bringing it to work. All of your fancy protocols won't help if your laptop is powered off and sitting on the kitchen counter, unless you've got some sort of Wake on Wifi capability.

Do what I do... (1)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180025)

Just keep driving. I've forgotten my laptop before, and if I worked as a company where forgetting one's laptop got one fired, I'd have been gone long ago for REAL mistakes, not just lapses in memory.

Got Fired Over This (4, Interesting)

sesshomaru (173381) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180029)

Ok, not entirely over this but it was likely a big part of the reason. See I had this horrible job where they gave me a laptop specifically so I could work for them, for free, in my own time. Of course, they wanted me to take it home every night.

.

Well, during the "probationary period" I forgot it at home twice and had to do my hour commute home and my hour commute back. After that, I started leaving it at work. I think I talked about getting VPN set up so I could just log in from home rather than lugging the laptop around. Of course, I didn't last much longer at that particular job (Thank God), so it was kind of academic anyway.

I'm an absent minded guy so I figure out various tricks when I need to remember things and not lose things. However, it takes a while for me to set that kind of thing up.

Re:Got Fired Over This (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24180355)

I wanted to chime in on this, I now use the probationary period for myself. I have quit several jobs with no notice on the last day of the probationary period, that IS what it's for. I don't list those on my resume. If they do come up I state I left during the probationary period as I did not feel I was a good match for the company. I don't expect a good job to be an easy find, and the low hanging fruit are usually the rotten ones

Re:Got Fired Over This (2, Insightful)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180461)

I'm an absent minded guy so I figure out various tricks when I need to remember things and not lose things. However, it takes a while for me to set that kind of thing up.

What the non-absent minded don't understand is that it takes a while for absent minded people to remember to set up the memory tricks. There are often more important things to think about.

Re:Got Fired Over This (1)

sesshomaru (173381) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180895)

Yes, Memento is one of my favorite movies for this reason. Of course, it's an extreme example, but a lot of stuff in that movie just resonates with me.

Charger (1)

lekker biltong (1117517) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180037)

That's nothing.. it's even more shameful when you leave your laptop charger at home and you have to freakin drive 35km back home to go and fetch it just after you faced the heavy traffic (which have to face again).

Sorta... (3, Insightful)

phobos13013 (813040) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180041)

First of all, shouldnt this be on idle.slashdot.org [slashdot.org]... since its a time-waster and all?

That said, I don't have to worry about leaving laptops since I rarely take one home. However, being a government contractor, I do use a CAC which allows me access to my laptop. Leaving that at the house is effectively like leaving my laptop at the house. There have been numerous occasions where I have left my card at the house and had to the "drive of shame". Within the last two or three months, though, I have been riding to work, so in that case I have to do the "ride of shame".

Never happened to me (1)

slashflood (697891) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180051)

I guess it makes a difference if you're walking or driving. On the other hand, I 'lost' my laptop several times in various bars/clubs after a couple of afterwork drinks. Fortunately, I always managed to get it back.

Re:Never happened to me (1)

Idbar (1034346) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180225)

I think it would make a difference also, that if by commuting with your laptop you could use the carpool lane too.

I walk to work (-1, Offtopic)

JoeCommodore (567479) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180103)

You insensitive clod.

No, really, I walk to work:
http://www.portcommodore.com/gallery/walkhome.jpg [portcommodore.com]

I've been there... (1)

Chysn (898420) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180107)

Sure, the article's not funny or enlightening in the least, but I've been there. I've never managed to get all the way to work without my laptop, but I've gotten a few miles before the D'oh moment.

Nowadays, I hang my laptop bag from the doorknob. Seems to do the trick.

Re:I've been there... (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180485)

Nowadays, I hang my laptop bag from the doorknob. Seems to do the trick.

Doesn't that make it a bit susceptible to passing thieves?

Do what I do. (4, Interesting)

RandoX (828285) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180147)

Decline the laptop, and the Blackberry, and the pager, and the company cellphone... If it's that important, call me at home and I'll drive in. It never has been, though.

My coworker (with the Blackberry) regularly gets called for trivial things. Like: Where's that log printout? Hmm? You put it on my desk, you say?

Re:Do what I do. (3, Insightful)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180753)

Sounds like your coworker just lacks self control and/or assertiveness. I find having a laptop and mobile email to be liberating, rather than the 'electronic ball and chain' that many seem to think.

See, I know how to NOT answer every email immediately unless it is truly urgent.

You are lucky you work somewhere that gives you any choice at all though. If one of my employees refused a mobile device when it's been decided his or her job should require one then they'd be looking for a new job really fast. Then again, I also respect that they have lives and don't send them trivial requests after hours and expect them to answer right away.

Been there done that several times (1)

bizitch (546406) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180179)

The reason I got a laptop in the first place is because it was relatively quiet - so quiet in fact I forgot it at home several times

Solution?

Got a basic/stock "business class" PC - a basic one that's not all pimped out and overclocked

does the job and it's quiet now too ...

Badges? We don't need no stinking badges! (1)

Bigbutt (65939) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180203)

I snagged an extra charger and even docking station so I didn't have to muck with plugging everything in to my kvm at home.

But I haven't left my laptop at home (yet). I have left my badge at home a couple of times. First and second times they make a temp for me to use. Third time I'm charged some amount ($50?). Fourth and subsequent times, I have to go home to get it and I get a talking to by my manager :rolleyes:

So far the two times I've left it at home have been because I have something to do first thing and I wanted to make sure I got to work on time.

And while I'm trying to get work to consider some telecommuting, I did work at IBM and telecommuted for a year. I guess I don't have that sort of personality as it became somewhat tense. It's hard to set up interpersonal team connections over the 'net (we were spread across the states). Add in the generally toxic environment and I had to quit. So some telecommuting is good (one or two days a week), I wouldn't want to do it 5 days a week.

[John]

Re:Badges? We don't need no stinking badges! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24180481)

I snagged an extra charger and even docking station so I didn't have to muck with plugging everything in to my kvm at home.

But I haven't left my laptop at home (yet). I have left my badge at home a couple of times. First and second times they make a temp for me to use. Third time I'm charged some amount ($50?). Fourth and subsequent times, I have to go home to get it and I get a talking to by my manager :rolleyes:

...

They expect you to PAY them so you can get to go to work?!?!?! Fuck that shit.

Good God man, that's got to be a really shitty place to work.

I hate stupid ass rules like that. There's no reason for a rule like that. Only a total jackass mis-manager would even think of something like that.

Re:Badges? We don't need no stinking badges! (1)

Bigbutt (65939) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180693)

Couldn't say about the mis-manager part but this is the best place I've worked at for many years. I can deal with a little stupidness from time to time considering I was at IBM.

The funny thing is, most of the team has left because it used to be even better. But coming from lots worse (IBM), I compare this to when I moved from the DC area to Denver. A breath of fresh air. You don't know what you have until you don't have it any more. And you don't know how bad it is until it gets better.

[John]

2 in 1 (1)

reydelamirienda (892327) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180229)

Here's how: When you and your machine arrive home, park your car keys squarely on top of your laptop case. Now you're not going anywhere without both of them.

Cool! Now that way I can have my laptop and my car both stolen at the same time!

Lame or not... (1)

swilde23 (874551) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180257)

Slow news day or not, I find myself doing this at least once every other week. I swear, I really am losing my mind.
Although, I don't think I have ever shown up with no clothes on...

Drive of shame? not really (1)

JasonWM (991689) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180265)

I don't know about some of you, but on a slow day I've used this to my advantage! OOOOPS!! I forgot the lappy at home! Nevermind the fact that it might take 2-3 hours for me to get it on this beautiful summer day. I might even get to spend some kid free QT with the wife while I'm at my house "frantically searching" for my data..if you can pick up what I'm layin' down

I'm not wearing any underwear (1)

MrKaos (858439) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180287)

My laptop bag is my brief case, it's where I put my phone, wallet, diary, car keys and sunglasses, it's just inconceivable for me to forget it.

The worst thing to leave at home is my lunch, thats when I put my car key on my lunch in the fridge. I have however left the power supply at home and on occasion my phone, now that stings - you have to weigh up the distance traveled + lateness vs inconvenience of not having phone - sometimes quite liberating.

Speaking of liberating, once I forgot a change of underwear and only realised it half way through my lunch time workout - kinda weird but unexpectedly comfortable. Now locking your car keys in the car at work is a major annoyance (if you have an old car like me) so I keep spare car keys, a spare phone charger and a spare shirt at work, pretty handy. I'm considering leaving a laptop power supply at work too.

I am however getting more comfortable with no undies.

here-eth ends the rambling.

Re:I'm not wearing any underwear (5, Funny)

mattgoldey (753976) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180555)

"it's where I put my phone, wallet, diary, car keys and sunglasses"

I think the word you're looking for here isn't "brief case," it's "purse."

The real drive of shame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24180289)

is the one you make to work every day, to a job that, by taking your laptop home, you have proven you can do from home. The shame is on the employer.

Don't store your only copy on the laptop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24180317)

I scp stuff between my desktop at work and whatever I'm using elsewhere. More and more my stuff is done with a web based interface. It really doesn't matter if I totally lose my laptop forever, I don't store sensitive files on it anyway.

I can ssh through the employer's firewall because I'm one of the computer geeks. My boss, on the other hand, showed me how he uses an external internet based service to access his various computers remotely. (I'm a bit worried about the security of doing that though.)

What it boils down to: 'I don't need no steenking laptop. (most of the time)'

Broke my streak for this? (5, Funny)

Just Some Guy (3352) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180319)

Being an old and proud Slashdotter, I'd gone many months with R'ing TFA, and somehow I picked this morning to try it the other way.

Yay me.

Here's looking forward to another long stretch of blissful ignorance.

Variant (1)

Dolohov (114209) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180343)

I've never forgotten my laptop, but I have frequently forgotten my laptop power supply. The laptop itself is heavy enough that I notice if it's not in my messenger bag, but if I'm in a hurry and did work at home the night before, I frequently don't notice that the power brick is still on my coffee table.

This morning :-/ (1)

Kevin72594 (1301889) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180345)

Oddly enough, this happened to me this morning. My laptop normally stays in my car for the majority of the weekend but I keep it with me in case I'm needed for anything. This weekend I was helping people move though so I took it out of the car. Got to work at 7:30 or so and realized it wasn't there :-/ Sadly I did not get the option of working at home :(

Re:This morning :-/ (1)

Bigbutt (65939) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180771)

We also have a Satellite card when we're on call. As I was on call last week, I had the card. Of course it's only necessary if you're not going to be at home. So of course this morning I forgot it.

[John]

what if you leave it home on purpose? (1)

spamking (967666) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180391)

Luckily, the only time I've left my laptop at home it has been on purpose . . . .

Re:what if you leave it home on purpose? (2, Informative)

cavac (640390) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180715)

Well, in my case it makes more sense to leave my company cell phone at home. While we have a spare one for IT that works perfectly well, its phone number mysteriously fails to show up in the company phone book and/or transmit the correct caller id....

Rsync (1)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180401)

Meh,

The 'My Documents' folder on my (Vista-based) laptop does an rsync via ssh to a server at work every 15 minutes so I don't have to worry about transporting my laptop to/from work + I can 'pick up' stuff if I 'forget' it.

I use Deltacopy [aboutmyip.com] for the syncing.

Works a treat!

Let me see (-1, Flamebait)

Orion Blastar (457579) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180503)

couldn't find a better news story than the laptop drive of shame joke?

How about research into alternative energy?

How about how Obama and McCain are both screwing us in Congress along with the rest of them?

How about Civilization Revolution exists for the XBox 360, Playstation 3, and NDS but not the PC or Mac?

How about ReactOS just released a new release recently?

Nope? Not news? Doesn't fit that Slashdot liberal agenda?

Re:Let me see (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180647)

How about how Obama and McCain are both screwing us in Congress along with the rest of them?

We discussed that to death last week already.

How about Civilization Revolution exists for the XBox 360, Playstation 3, and NDS but not the PC or Mac?

Uh... dude. That's kind of the ENTIRE POINT! On the PC and Mac we have the far superior Civ 4, we don't need the stripped-down console version. I downloaded the demo for my 360, played for 5 minutes, and realized I'd have infinitely more fun playing Civ 4. Better interface, more facets to the game... I'm not sure why you'd want Civ Rev unless you don't play games on the PC at all.

Other way around... (2, Interesting)

cavac (640390) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180607)

At work i'm one of the sysadmin, and so have a nice fat workstation and a few beefy "test" servers at hand.

But sometimes i bring my personal laptop to work (which, by the way, is my only machine at home that does have a display). Twice in the last two years i left it in my office after my workday. Given that i can't even watch TV without it, i have to return to work to fetch it. Luckily, it's only 2.5km between home and work and my access card is (naturally) a 24/7 one.

Nowadays, i always put my access card into my laptop bag when i took it to work. Without the card, i'm physically unable to leave the office (except in case of fire), so i'm very unlikely to leave my laptop behind...

Central place of work (1)

Sigma 7 (266129) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180659)

Which sane person centralizes their information on a laptop? They have a reliability rate lower on desktops (counting temporary/permanent disappearance, damage, etc.) and are meant only for work away from the central location.

At the very least, they should get a copy of SyncToy (a Microsoft product) that's capable of ensuring the local and remote folders are up-to-date. That insures that if you've forgot your laptop somewhere, you won't be dead in the water.

I've never forgotten my laptop (1)

LS (57954) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180667)

But I've definitely forgotten my power supply, so I have about 2 hours to figure how to make that "drive of shame" without being noticed...

Yay Monday news cycle? (1)

Tim C (15259) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180687)

With all due respect CmdrTaco, if you think the article is a waste of time (as your comment implies), then why the hell did you post it?

I'd like to know.... (1)

Trashman (3003) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180703)

Where do you people who telecommute work? I've worked in few places that depite my having VPN access (b/c I manage systems) there is strict policy of "No working from home." And I don't know anyone personally who works from home.

Top 10 dumbest /. article (1)

HycoWhit (833923) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180735)

really---how did this get through....

The article ends by suggesting you leave your car keys on your laptop bag to not forget your laptop. What about the folks that don't want to look for keys in the morning so they leave them in the car?

Another little hole in the guys logic--if the walk of shame happens on Monday--does this mean the OP goes home on Friday and never uses his car to go out again? Just sits at home doing work on the laptop? Get a life!

My suggestion--leave your laptop in the car. Tell everyone you left the laptop at home. Jump back in the car and head to the lake for the day. Bring a old keyboard with you onto the boat. When the boss calls--turn off the boat, make sure everyone is quiet and talk to him while mashing random keys. When he asks a question you can't answer tell him the link/website/etc is slow and you'll call him back with the answer....

good that I carry my laptop daily (1)

fadir (522518) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180783)

So it's such a routine that I cannot forget it.

Too bad that this doesn't apply for the power supply. Workaround: Now I have a power supply at home and and at work, so I don't need to worry about it. But that also comes with a side effect: Now I'm quite prone to forget the power supply when I have to go somewhere else but to the office as I usually don't need it ... guess I should place a 3rd one in the laptop bag and leave it there.

Shame? (1)

JayPee (4090) | more than 5 years ago | (#24180839)

I occasionally do this on purpose, especially during the warmer months, so that I can go on a nice bike ride to retrieve the "forgotten" laptop.

Nothing shameful about it at all...

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