Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Report on employee ethics during recession; also tips for restoring Windows (does everyone need to know how to do it?)

Tech Republic has a couple of very interesting blog posts this morning, somewhat unrelated to each other.

The most alarming post is “IT ethics and the recession.” It’s by Michael Krigsman with link here. It goes on to present comparisons of survey results of IT employees in the United States, Britain, and the Netherlands on some questions. One was, if you knew your company had a “hit list”, would you try to get your hands on it? Another was, if you were laid off, would you take corporate data with you? The results, especially for US employees, are rather startling. The web page offered an ad for business ethics training, at this site named prosaically enough.

Back in February 2003, I actually wrote a multiple choice certification quiz on business ethics for Brainbench. This posting would certainly feed more material for possible questions.

Another interesting post this morning is “Three Critical Things to Do Before Reinstalling Windows,” a seven minute video by Bill Detwiler and ITDojo, available from this blog link. It’s based on a “10 things to do” report by Al Norton, and focuses on Windows Vista. But it’s interesting to note how much work is involved. This includes saving user logons, virus scanning and backing up data on network shares or external drives, saving all application product keys (or using Jelly Bean Key Finder) and managing restores points. After a reformat of a hard drive and reload of the operating system, all service packs must be reinstalled, as well as all application drivers and user data. There is really a tremendous amount of work, yet IT geeks keep saying that all computer users ought to get good at doing this, as a kind of boot camp issue. There are a number of reasons why a machine hard drive reformat and reload could become necessary, including malware or registry corruption (from viruses), which sometimes causes various devices to work no longer, and slow or poor machine performance. (It seems that HAL problems are usually software and don't result in full rebuilds.) Will some employers want most job applicants in the applications areas to prove they know how to do this? Loot at the “10 things” list – it’s

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