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Gaming At Work? Secret Panic Button!

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Your fingers are pounding on the board at such a speed it sounds like a single note, your score's flying towards your hi-score, a bead of sweat runs down your brow as you twist those blocks in to the perfect spot all the while keeping an eye out for the boss. BAM another four rows with a long brick, the BEEP BEEP BEEP sounds like victory as the wall crashes down, along with your previous record.

You've already got the next set lined up, you slam a square brick in to place when you see it - your stomach drops, your skin prickles and you imagine the scenario playing out already, all in a nanosecond, the wiley old man has seen all your tricks, no shortcut can save you now.

You calmly reach over and tap on your biscuits. The browser's closed, your spreadsheet on the cost analysis report for the filing system of the accounting department is sitting there, as uninteresting and soul crushing as ever, but you know, you know that you've shattered your favourite score, enjoyed honing your tetris skills on their time and you aren't caught.

You too can live this life now!

This little button is essentially an Alt+F4 button, you can use this technique to make any button or buttons you want and it'll work on any computer* you need it to with no installation.

You can read more stuff like this on my website - including my Blog which makes as much sense as I do. 

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*This is true, though PS/2-USB adapter may be needed.  
 
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Step 1: Materials etc.

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You'll need: 

 - An old keyboard, this one donated to my CAPS LOCK KEY BADGE after it broke from being in the dishwasher
 - Tin Foil 
 - Glue
 - Scissors
 - Bits of wire - use single core if you have it - I grabbed an already chopped USB cable to scavenge wire and stranded is far trickier for this
 - some card
 - A crisp packet/biscuits pack/envelope - an appropriate hiding vessel


lbrewer423 years ago
And someday when you are paying workers to do their job - will you fire people who use this at work?
MaXoR lbrewer423 years ago
I was thinking the same thing... I guess some people really don't realize what roll they play in a company, or that their job is still important.

Good side to that is, if you're gaming all the time that you need a panic button, then you likely don't have the throughput to keep the job anyways for a extended period of time.

I just don't get why this ible couldn't have said "Never get caught watching porn" or something like that, at least then people wouldn't be getting the idea it's a good practice to game at work.

Good ible, horrible application in my opinion
killerjackalope (author)  MaXoR2 years ago
Just saw this comment, well the last line mostly. I was going to go down the porn route instead but I wanted to write a fun intro and going in to detail about that probably would've been kinda nasty... Plus family site, so...
killerjackalope (author)  lbrewer423 years ago
Aww hells yeah!

I'd let them simmer and be like how did you know? Then just login in front of them...
for macs it's command + F3
Or cmd + Q.
that quits it if you just wanna hide it then press cmd f3
xavec2 years ago
hilarious!
mgalyean2 years ago
This is entirely meant to be positive and constructive. While I understand the lightheartedness of your post, I'll bet there is someone in your area who'd love to actually do what you are paid to do and not play games instead. ;^) Someday when running a biz of your own and trying to find good help you may understand what I'm getting at. Not trying to be mean, but several months of unemployment have changed my outlook on people "pretending to work". It isn't a matter of not getting caught, it is a matter of either earning your paycheck, or getting it through a confidence scam and who/what you want to see in the mirror. When your job goes to India or China you will have plenty of time to think on what you could have done differently. This is entirely meant to be positive and constructive and to save you and those readers who could damage their incomes some grief.
killerjackalope (author)  mgalyean2 years ago
It is entirely lighthearted, I don't work in an office in fact I work for myself at the moment, certainly slacking at work is a bad thing, especially for your job security - at the moment I'm job hunting for something for some extra work (a steady paycheck is hard not to miss) and I won't be playing games at work...
Deus3 years ago
if you make a foot pedal out of it, it will be even more hidden. Great Instructable though
killerjackalope (author)  Deus3 years ago
Yeah it's been mentioned a lot in comments - my thought is that sticking it under the desk as a knee button would also be good...
But if you needed to hit it with your knee wouldn't your boss ask why you just spasmed and banged under your desk???
killerjackalope (author)  leiamme2 years ago
It doesn't need to be hit hard, granted if you freak it's just going to look really weird... Not so much suspect
nice
aseaheru3 years ago
doom? what if someone trys to clean it up? also, what if you hit it by mistake?
several companys make foot pedles that can be programed so when you hit it, a command is sent.......
pdub77 aseaheru3 years ago
This site is about building and making things. You can buy everything under the sun, or you can make it, which is way more fun. And that rhymed, so It has to be true! =)
aseaheru pdub773 years ago
good point
killerjackalope (author)  aseaheru3 years ago
About half the pedals I've seen need installed - also this is made from a dead keyboard which most people can find easily so no money down.

The not needing installed and being a standard keyboard to the computer means that it's more likely to work in work too...
pdagrizley3 years ago
I applaud you for being so clever
killerjackalope (author)  pdagrizley3 years ago
Thankyou good sir...
I was wondering. Why was it in there?
killerjackalope (author)  casey321b3 years ago
In where?

Dishwasher question - keyboard was sticky because I spilled beer, so I put it in the dishwasher...

Biscuits, because I had a pack of biscuits on my desk...
I would have just used some soap and a sponge. They have to say "dishwasher safe" for a reason.
killerjackalope (author)  casey321b3 years ago
Most keyboards can survive a run in the dishwasher, I threw it in with normal dishes so I probably but it on too strong a cycle, ruining the film contacts a bit...

The circuit's fine...

I couldn't be bothered taking every key off. Also plenty of stuff is dishwasher safe that doesn't happen to say it...
You could have just taken off the plastic as a whole. Just take the screws out of the back and only put the plastic in.
killerjackalope (author)  casey321b3 years ago
Well usually the keyboard survives so I didn't see the need to bother...
Assuming you've taken out the circuitry.
berky933 years ago
I made an autohotkey script once that, when I pressed f6, hid (not just minimized, but removed the taskbar icon of) my browser and my games and switched to microsoft word. Pressing f7 brought it all back. Worked like a charm
killerjackalope (author)  berky933 years ago
Nice one, but then you don't get to eat a packet of biscuits :p
true. Next hardware project I solve using a software based solution i'll be sure to reward myself with some.
killerjackalope (author)  berky933 years ago
Now that's a plan...
ONE BUTTON TO FOOL THEM ALL!!
killerjackalope (author)  Luckybutterfly3 years ago
Ha epic...
Dude5673 years ago
You could make a knee switch from a DPST switch
killerjackalope (author)  Dude5673 years ago
Indeed, would be a good way to make a more permanent version...
here's a crazy idea, try not playing games at work. it's always worked for me.
camp6ell3 years ago
Two words: [ALT][TAB]
killerjackalope (author)  camp6ell3 years ago
You could do this with alt tab instead if you wanted - closing's just the safer option in a lot cases, since the program will still be in the taskbar...
Vyger3 years ago
Anymore most business networks have remote monitoring built into them. What that means is that the person who is in control of the network can call up your desktop remotely and see displayed on his screen what you are doing. If you look like your changing your screen every time somebody walks by chances are good they will start monitoring you. Big brother is watching. (cover your web cam with electrical tape if you have one. )
I did the IT consulting for a school district for several years and I even had the ability to shut down workstations from my house by remotely loging onto the server, running a utility that told me everything that was still running and issue a shutdown command to turn it off. It saved a lot on the power bills and eventually convinced teachers to shut down at the end of the day.
Never forget --- If its not your computer its not private, don't forget that and you will stay out of trouble.
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