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Make Facebook look like a spreadsheet and keep the boss at bay

You're at work in a cubicle where everyone, including the boss, can get a clean look at your screen, but you want to get in some Facebook time. How are you going to do it without getting busted? Try this trick.

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Go to HardlyWork.in (how appropriate) and click on "Gimme dem spreadsheets" then enter your Facebook login info to install a clever application that makes your Facebook account look like a spreadsheet. Now you may have seen other hacks like this that quickly put a non-functional spreadsheet on your screen with a keystroke, to hide whatever you were doing. But this spreadsheet is different because it's an almost fully-functional version of your Facebook account.

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You can load new posts, view your wall and see recently tagged photos. If you hover over your comments, likes, names and links more information displays in a pop-up window. If you hover over names, photos, videos and links you get thumbnail previews. There's even a share button and you can search for friends using the spreadsheet formula field. Boss coming? Hit the space bar to bail and bring up a spreadsheet with "real" data.

comments.pngThis is a clever idea and it works well enough, but there a few caveats. First, the spreadsheet still displays in a web browser window so if someone looks closely they easily can tell you're not really working in Excel. You can put your browser in full-screen mode and that helps facilitate the illusion. Secondly, if you're a Mac user the spreadsheet is displayed in a Windows OS environment so that could be a quick giveaway too. As long as you don't have someone standing right over your shoulder, these things probably won't matter and you can Facebook away, undetected.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 11:57am]

    

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