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Office,Boredom, and You

Posted 06 July 2011 - 07:07 PM

This is my first week on the office and still no work to do yet so I was wondering what could be done to use time? Sure you could say "Post on DIC" but I can only post and comment on limited stuff(Java, Caffeine Lounge) and I refresh every 5 minutes or so like an OCD afflicted person but it gets awfully lonesome when the posts I can participate in are few and far between. I don't want to be the person who has 1000+ posts but is a total noob in everything. What should I do?

Sleep: big no.
Read a book: I'm currently hooked on "A Game Of Thrones" right now but I haven't tested yet on what's the effect of seeing someone reading a novel in a fast paced IT environment. I don't want to get the boot.
Read Tutorials and Enhance Knowledge: I've scoured the tutorials for Java in DIC and is now currently reading through Struts2 tutorials on another site but I don't have Eclipse here and I can't imagine where to start coding a Struts enabled app without Apache Tomcat.
Surf: Aha! Yeah DIC is already open. What are office approved sites? Once that don't say "hey he's wasting time reading manga" or stuff?

Thanks! ^^

Oh and if you know of any other activities please tell.

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Re: Office,Boredom, and You

Posted 06 July 2011 - 07:18 PM

Porn.

meet everyone else at the office. If someone ask why the hell your not at your desk working you say something along the lines of "it's compiling".

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 07:39 PM

Porn is not an option. I sit in a place where 7 people could easily see my screen and I'm near the hallway/pathway/whatever and this foreigner which I think is a boss here keeps looking at my screen every time he passes by. What sites do you go to other than porn? Sites that could give more knowledge and make me well rounded. I tried io9.com and it works fine. I haven't tried Cracked.com yet for fear that it's blocked.
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Posted 06 July 2011 - 07:59 PM

Going around meeting everybody is not a good idea. You will be thought of as a nuisance, especially if people are trying to get work done. You will meet people in due time.
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Re: Office,Boredom, and You

Posted 06 July 2011 - 09:01 PM

Better yourself in your given field any way possible. Get a Java book (if that's your position) and read it. Ask somebody if they need some help coding. Don't be the guy that's looking at Yahoo news all day and surfing the internet for unrelated information.
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Posted 06 July 2011 - 09:09 PM

Be thankfuk you are getting paid for doing nothing? Lol

If you have nothing to do and want to kiss ass, ask for work or a project, or help a coworker, if that is your job.
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Posted 06 July 2011 - 09:44 PM

I already have a project waiting, and I do help out with some of my coworkers. The problem with reading Java is I've already done lots of reading(most of it from the Java Tutorials in this site) and the only topic I could think of where I need to really improve is design patterns(which I am 0% proficient) and the other Data Structures(Stack,Queue,Linked Lists). I am expected to be a Struts-Spring Java Developer but it's hard to go on reading lots of codes without implementing them(in that I don't have Eclipse and Tomcat in this PC). It's just me I guess. Oh and by the way I don't look at Yahoo News all day, the only site open in my web browser for every hour of my work is DIC. Hahaha. I have lots of java books too in my Live account but I don't know if it would be breach of something in the office(property rights and the works) if I download and read them. That's why I guess I'm looking for more online resources. Right now I have:

DIC: All purpose tutorials and almost all of the basics of Java
RoseIndia: Spring and Struts though the Spring section they have is sorely lacking

That's about it. Anymore suggestions? I'll try opening LifeHacker later and see if a siren would sound. Hope not.
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Re: Office,Boredom, and You

Posted 06 July 2011 - 10:00 PM

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Porn is not an option.

Find a new place to work.
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Posted 06 July 2011 - 10:33 PM

I've always thought about working for sites like pornhub or brazzers because 1, you get paid to watch porn, and 2, there's the chance that you will be in their next video.
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Re: Office,Boredom, and You

Posted 06 July 2011 - 10:48 PM

You get paid to watch porn? Why? How does that work? Me on a video? Everyone I know would likely be shocked when they find me on one. Can't you just get the ladies and not be filmed? Anyway I have a moral dillemma:
It says here that we shouldn't use the net for non work related surfing. And yet everybody is doing it. Right now I've just looked at the screen of a team leader and he is surfing something totally nonwork related. Just because everyone is doing it doesn't mean I should too, right?
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Re: Office,Boredom, and You

Posted 06 July 2011 - 10:54 PM

View PostfromTheSprawl, on 06 July 2011 - 11:48 PM, said:

You get paid to watch porn? Why? How does that work? Me on a video? Everyone I know would likely be shocked when they find me on one. Can't you just get the ladies and not be filmed? Anyway I have a moral dillemma:
It says here that we shouldn't use the net for non work related surfing. And yet everybody is doing it. Right now I've just looked at the screen of a team leader and he is surfing something totally nonwork related. Just because everyone is doing it doesn't mean I should too, right?


Well, one would think that rule was created so that your team isn't looking at cats on the internet while what they should be doing is creating more software. So I would guess that it would be okay to break that rule given that all your work is caught up.
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Posted 06 July 2011 - 11:07 PM

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Re: Office,Boredom, and You

Posted 06 July 2011 - 11:51 PM

As has been said, I'd suggest to try and be productive. See if you can help anyone with their work if you got nothing to do, or poke your superiors about giving you work. If you've just started working, someone is bound to be responsible for you. Definetly don't be seen sitting around reading a book that is not work related. When I started out here I had a couple days with little to do as well, but you really don't want to be seen as lazy, even if you genuinely have nothing to do.

You mentioned needing to use design patterns and knowing nothing about them. That's great. Go draft something up and then implement it. Ask whoever is responsible for you if they'd take a quick look at it and let you know if that's the righ way to do it.

And if you really, really have nothing to do, log on to a forum and tell someone having a panic attack over non-issues to mellow out. ;) (j/k)
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Posted 07 July 2011 - 01:27 AM

Nightfish is my conscience! Currently figuring out the Abstract Factory Pattern. But just in case, are there other sites you go to for personal improvement? Like improving your attitude etc
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Re: Office,Boredom, and You

Posted 07 July 2011 - 04:14 AM

You sound like you have a pretty good attitude already. :)

I feel as though I've developed an addiction to DIC to improve my attitude. Even though I mostly hang out in the caffeine lounge, I still browse the problems people are having, and I can't wait for the day when I can be of more use, so I feel like I learn with more drive.

Watching TED talks can be inspiring. Some of the clever things people come up with are just incredible.

Maybe you should ask someone if you can install Eclipse on your machine. Then, you can look super productive. :3
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