Believe it or not, there are several programs available for download that'll instantly hide all of your open browser or application windows. These programs -- sometimes called a Boss Button -- can be configured to activate when the user presses certain keys or drags his cursor into a certain corner of the screen. What's nice about some of these programs is that you can tell them which applications to close and which to leave open in the event of an emergency. For example, if your boss walks up, you can leave open Excel and PowerPoint, but close AOL Instant Messenger, Limewire, iTunes and Second Life.
At the end of the day, of course, you're not really tricking anybody. If your boss suspects you of fooling around during work hours, all he has to do is ask your systems administrator to open a log of all your online activities. So if you're going to spend half the day tinkering with your fantasy baseball lineup, at least get your work done first. And who knows, your boss might have a boss button, too.
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