Monday, April 18, 2011

Ethics & Issues 11-1

Yes,  I believe I work harder when someone is watching. However I think it also depends who is doing the watching and how they are doing it. If they are watching and you are struggling with some problem, they can help you solve the problem.
I think that the Hawthorne Effect had some good points. It said in the text that the study discovered that productivity had improved during observation, whether the conditions were made better or worse. I think that the conditions and the environment also determine how hard people work.
Such observation is ethical to a degree. If you are misusing company equipment in some way, the employers can find out by monitoring you. However if you are doing nothing wrong, then your privacy is being taken away and you feel as though your superiors do not trust you.
If productivity increases during observation, then observation is a good data gathering technique in a system study. By observing employees performing their jobs, employers can know how you work, your work ethic, and how you use company time. Too much observation or too little can hinder the productivity of companies. A  moderate amount of observation would work just fine.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Search Sleuth

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Email messages with the subject lines " Sending You All My Love" "Laughing Kitty, " and " You've Received a Postcard from a Family Member" are inviting. You open them because it is from someone you know or it looked interesting and then it turns out to be a virus. A way to protect your computer from viruses to have antivirus software and update it when it needs to be. Please go to for more information.

T'ai Chi, yoga, and the Alexander technique might offer some relief to computer users suffering from repetitive strain injury. Repetitive strain injury affects muscles, tendons and nerves in the hands, upper back and arms. It can happen because of staying in one place too long without getting up to stretch and take a break from the computer screen. For more information about repetitive strain injury go to

The purpose of a gas discharge arrestor is to divert the extra current from the hot line to the ground line. If the current goes above an accepted level, the heat caused by a resistance cuts off the current. When there is high voltage, the arrestor finds it and stores it  letting it go slowly. For more information on surge protectors and gas discharge arrestors go to

Half of the computers in the business world have antivirus software that has been disabled or was never installed properly. Viruses and worms take advantage of any openings in software and will be even more damaging if not detected early. Virus can wipe out everything on a computer making it impossible to recover anything lost in the viral attack. For more information go to