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StealthSwitch - Desktop cloaking device

May 05, 2005 at 05:57 PM

The StealthSwitch promises instant computer privacy. Simply by stepping on the switch beneath your desk you can conceal that solitaire game you were playing or that inappropriate website you were viewing.

StealthSwitch uses patent pending technology to instantly and completely hide applications with a press of the footswitch. The applications are not just minimized... they are made completely invisible. No more minimizing applications, turning off the monitor, or re-booting when someone enters your office or cubicle. With a simple click of the foot switch, you can instantly hide the current window, hide all open windows, or hide all open windows except certain windows.


Sounds like a decent idea until you realize how truely horrible of an idea it is.

First of all, any place with a company culture crazy enough to make you want to buy this is never going to give you the administrator rights you need to install to make this work. Plus, they'll probably be tracking what you're doing using more effective methods than to hope to catch you doing something when they walk up. And even if you got the thing installed and working, just possessing the device is very incriminating. There are eseentially only illegitimate reasons to own this, and if your boss catches you with one that sounds like a pretty solid reason for dismissal to me.

(via Engadget)

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1 Woo said...

Yeah that's what I was thinking. Still for home use it makes sense. Lord knows I don't want the wife and kids catching me look at porn.

Posted on June 13, 2005 at 05:18 AM

2 Brian said...

Today's Woot features the StealthSwitch for $20. The regular price on the company's page is $40 so if you're at all interested you should check it out ASAP.

Posted on June 13, 2005 at 12:51 PM