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Ethical issues of using employee monitoring software

Employee monitoring software has become commonplace. Many apps take monitor screenshots, capture keystrokes and mouse movements, monitor active applications and visited sites and, in extreme cases, can even take pictures using webcam. It seems to be fair to track what your employees do when they are being paid for their time. After all, if they exchange their time for money, it seems fair for the employer to know what they are paying for. So, why does it still feel morally inappropriate in some cases? The question is far from being just theoretical. If a wrong decision is made, a company may suffer from lawsuits, experience a backlash and overall productivity drop (opposite from what was intended) from their employees or suffer damage to the company’s image. Let’s review in more detail what employee monitoring practices can be considered valid and what should be avoided.

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An easy way to backup your MS SQL Server database

If you use Microsoft SQL Server to store and process your data, you are probably in the market for a convenient backup and restore tool. In this post, I’d like to share a very nice tool for backup and restoring of your MS SQL database in “three clicks”.

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Data extraction using iMacros plugin for IE

In this video i share how you might automate data extraction using the iMacros plugin for IE browser.

The iMacros plugin for IE has the most visual interface compare to equal iMacros plugins for FF or Chrome browsers. Yet, the same macro might be run at the iMacros plugins at any of the browsers. A data extraction is only one of the niches the plugin is of use, see the short description of all its usage here. The code of the macro from the video above you might see down here:

VERSION BUILD=8021970
TAB T=1
TAB CLOSEALLOTHERS
SET !EXTRACT_TEST_POPUP NO
URL GOTO=http://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange
/prices-and-markets/stocks/indices/summary
/summary-indices-constituents.html?index=AIM1
TAG POS=1 TYPE=TABLE ATTR=CLASS:table_dati EXTRACT=TXT
SAVEAS TYPE=EXTRACT FOLDER=c:\iMacros FILE=table.csv
TAG POS=1 TYPE=A ATTR=TXT:Next
WAIT SECONDS=2
TAG POS=1 TYPE=TABLE ATTR=CLASS:table_dati EXTRACT=TXT
SAVEAS TYPE=EXTRACT FOLDER=c:\iMacros FILE=table.csv
TAG POS=1 TYPE=A ATTR=TXT:Next
WAIT SECONDS=2
TAG POS=1 TYPE=TABLE ATTR=CLASS:table_dati EXTRACT=TXT
SAVEAS TYPE=EXTRACT FOLDER=c:\iMacros FILE=table.csv
TAG POS=1 TYPE=A ATTR=TXT:Next
WAIT SECONDS=2
TAG POS=1 TYPE=TABLE ATTR=CLASS:table_dati EXTRACT=TXT
SAVEAS TYPE=EXTRACT FOLDER=c:\iMacros FILE=table.csv
TAG POS=1 TYPE=A ATTR=TXT:Next
WAIT SECONDS=2
TAG POS=1 TYPE=TABLE ATTR=CLASS:table_dati EXTRACT=TXT
SAVEAS TYPE=EXTRACT FOLDER=c:\iMacros FILE=table.csv
TAG POS=1 TYPE=A ATTR=TXT:1