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Does Skype have an auto-answer feature that only activates for certain users calling in?

I couldn't find it, but I assume it either exists or will soon. With that feature I could dip in and out of meetings all over the world just to gather fodder for Dilbert. Just plug in my Skype user ID and leave Skype open.

I imagine Dogbert as my image for the account. You'd be sitting at a meeting with your laptop or smartphone on, Skype open, and suddenly Dogbert would call in and automatically connect. My video would be off. All you need to do is let me listen in.

The downside is that you could get fired for exposing confidential company information. But think of how cool your story would be. Totally worth it.

Over the course of my cartooning career, the comment I hear most often from readers is "You must have a spy in my office." I always wished that were true. And now it seems technology has made that an actual option.

... time passes...

Okay, I decided to go ahead and set up a Skype ID called Dogbertiswatching. Add that to your contact list and Skype me if you're in a particularly ridiculous meeting. I'll usually be looking for comic fodder between 6:30 AM and 8:30 AM Pacific Time. But please don't expect me to be chatty because I'll be working. I'll just send a "hi" message and listen in.

And start lining up your next job now. You might need it.

 
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Apr 28, 2013
you've got it buddy... my stuff is usually customer service stuff with old people trying to use a computer. Hope that's OK.
 
 
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Apr 26, 2013
Shortcut intro to the wonders of modern video meetings:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48MkJJgidnE

(2 min video)

 
 
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Apr 26, 2013
Most cell phones can be set to auto-answer and no ringing.
 
 
Apr 25, 2013
Only Catbert is this evil. Dogbert is merely self centered and self involved.
 
 
Apr 25, 2013
In my previous job (a big advertising agency) a lot of the meetings were surreal. I started to record them, because it was so ludicrous. Sadly, I don't have the recordings any more.

A VP was always on his iPhone, misheard everything, and we had to rehash things over and over for him... He'd space out while we were repeating things. Analysts refused to document stuff, and offered a verbal "streams of consciousness" to developers during meetings in lieu of business requirements. Our string of QA testing staff pretty much refused to work with the admittedly faulty product, and the one we didn't fire had "survived cancer" so the company let her suck-at-her-job indefinitely because her ordeal had been some big bonding thing for someone (years before I got there). My boss instructed me to lie to clients and other parts of the organization. We intentionally delivered products that didn't work. Sometimes people were drunk -- they served alcohol during the day (i.e. company perk), and lots of people had liquor stocked in their offices.

Worst place I ever worked. Honestly, give or take a nasty bit of politics here and there, every other place I've worked was pretty sensible and pleasant.
 
 
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Apr 25, 2013
Is this like wikileaks but only in a hilarious way?
 
 
Apr 25, 2013
@Phantom II

[Also, most business meetings are fifty-five minutes of boring drivel with perhaps four minutes of value and maybe one minute of what you would be looking for. If you have been lulled into a near-sleep state from listening to the boring part, you risk missing the tiny jem of idiocy that would make a good Dilbert strip.]

Hmm....Scott is a seasoned veteran from the cubicles and should know what to expect there. So if you're right then so am I and Scott has lost touch with what its like.
 
 
Apr 25, 2013
I don't know, Scott. I can see you getting fifty meeting requests at a time. How do you pick which one to listen in on?

Also, most business meetings are fifty-five minutes of boring drivel with perhaps four minutes of value and maybe one minute of what you would be looking for. If you have been lulled into a near-sleep state from listening to the boring part, you risk missing the tiny jem of idiocy that would make a good Dilbert strip.

I once again (I know, you're tired of this) bemoan the death of the DNRC newsletter. I'm sure you will recall the 'Tales of Induhviduals' that was part of the newsletter. I'd say that calling for more 'Tales of Induhviduals' might be more productive and less a waste of your time.

Perhaps you could ask for those of us who participate in your blog to send out emails asking for ideas that would make a good Dilbert strip be sent to your email address.

Just an idea.
 
 
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Apr 25, 2013
Since you asked for feedback a few blogs ago - this is my favorite blog entry (of yours), ever.
 
 
Apr 25, 2013
This post deserves a disclaimer....
 
 
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Apr 25, 2013
...Or someone could send you a recording of their meeting. Then you wouldnt be limited to meetings that happen when you're available.

Will be interesting to see how many folks risk their jobs doing this for you. Keep us informed.
 
 
 
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