APRIL 1, 2012 VOLUME 5 ISSUE 1 (past issues)
Ping Pong Table Removed, Occupy 33-07.1 Movement Erupts
The first floor of the 33-07 building has become the scene of an internal
occupy movement protesting the recent removal of a ping pong table formerly
stationed there. Residents of the first floor had complained of the noise
generated by ping pong players and a lengthy email thread ensued,
discussing the removal of the table and what it would do for employee
morale. Ping pong table enthusiasts argued that the nearby cafeteria, ATM
machine, and conference rooms had generated just as much noise.
Myers Briggs Profile Added to SecureBadge
In addition to name and US person status, the SecureBadge has now been
extended with employees' personality profile. The four-letter Myers Briggs
code will allow employees to better relate to one another and enable
managers to assemble teams based on compatible personalities.
Siri Interfaced with CORE
An announcement was made Wednesday that a revolutionary Siri interface was added to the CORE network emulation tool, allowing experimenters to speak network topologies into an iPhone and watch them virtually come to life. The interface currently allows specifying node types and how they should be connected, IP addresses, and services that should run on each node. Future voice activated commands include the auto-generation of PowerPoint slides based on a demo topology, and automatic Excel file charting for results.
LEAP to Conclusions Fundraiser Mat
The EO&T LEAP program began selling its LEAP to Conclusions mat to
fund-raise for the 2012 program due to budget reductions.
The mat is placed on the floor and features different
conclusions written on it
that one can leap to.
Boeing+ Social Networking Site Unveiled
A new Boeing+ social networking site has been launched in direct competition
with inSite. Instead of the profile-centric experience that inSite provides,
users can share internal content to their news feed by clicking a +1 button
now found on many internal web pages.
Security Stickers Mandatory for all Smartphone Cameras
Boeing security began issuing security stickers for covering the lens of all smartphone cameras. A 10-minute trainer instructs employees on the operation of the new sticker.
Quad Charts Reduced Entirely to Colors
In order to meet the increasing need of managers to quickly review projects, the IRAD quad chart summaries have been reduced to four color-coded quadrants. Although the project title still remains, the upper-left "graphic" quadrant will now feature solid colors, such as green where a detailed, catchy graphic once was, blue if the graphic was some kind of OV-1 having lightning bolts, purple for graphics that were technical equations or graphs, and so on. The bottom left formerly held the program nickname and description, now has color hues depending on whether or not the project had a clever acronym, included recent technology buzzwords, etc. The budget and schedule quadrant can be numerous shades of green depending on how much the project plans on spending and how many deliverables are scheduled for December 21.
ETS App Created but Blocked by IT
The Employee Timekeeping System released a convenient app recently for Android phones, but its usefulness has been called into question after it was subsequently blocked by Boeing IT. "It's a security risk for employee-owned smartphones to connect to company networks," commented IT Access Review Board member Jerry Hanamith, "even to clock in at the end of a shift." Because there are no SmartBadge readers available for mobile devices, and as all other logon methods have been sunsetted -- including passwords, Z-tokens, and gold cards --it seems that the newly-released app may soon be pulled from the Android Market.