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I've been working at home for over 6 years now, and I love it.
Takes some getting used to at the beginning, but I would not have it any other way now.
We use Microsoft Teams and you can mute people, chat threads, and other channels so that you are not bothered. You can set your status to "Busy" and go about your work. Answer chats/messages at your leisure.
Basically, you have to tell certain people to bugger off....in a nice, professional way.
I am usually heads down coding for 6-8 hours a day. I answer questions in the morning for 30 mins and at the end of the day for 30 mins.
I only let certain people interrupt me during the work day, all others need to schedule a meeting to speak with me (approx. < 15 mins tops).
Now that I am working at home all the time, why do I have a screen saver lock on my work PC. Is my cat going to compromise the systems ? I saw where someone had put a mouse in a box with a motor to keep the screen saver from engaging -- seems too hard. I also saw an app for the iPhone called Mouse Mover. Does anyone know if this works ? I can't plug an iPhone into a work computer, but Keyboards and Mice are OK.
My best experience of unauthorised access was when I had to call tech support to fix something (no idea what it was, now), the guy logged into my laptop, fiddled around a bit, then went off to get something.
While he was gone, I quickly made myself a device administrator.
Happy ending: I never had to call tech support again.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
This had been recurring problem where I work so I wrote my own screen save controller and disabling the screen saver is one of its options. This was really easy to write - there are only a few API functions that are used to control the screen saver. There is bound to be something similar available at this site already.
"They have a consciousness, they have a life, they have a soul! Damn you! Let the rabbits wear glasses! Save our brothers! Can I get an amen?"