The pandemic forced millions of people to change their working habits, moving from the office to the bedroom and only seeing colleagues over Zoom.
But while many of us struggled to adapt to the ‘new normal’, one man managed to make it work to his advantage.
An unnamed IT specialist recently revealed that he was able to make his $90,000 (£65,603) a year job fully automated.
Seemingly his official job involves handling digital evidence for trials, uploading data to the Cloud and managing it for a law firm.
So when everyone was sent home, he came up with a way of reducing the workload even further, but this time there was no one there to check on him.
“I set up a remote workstation, tunnelled it to my house, and that’s when the real fun began,” he said.
“In about a week I was able to write, debug, and perfect a simple script that performed my entire job. It essentially scans the on-site drive for any new files, generates hash values for them, transfers them to the Cloud, then generates hash values again for fidelity (in court you have to prove digital evidence hasn’t been tampered with).
“I clock in every day, play video games or do whatever, and at the end of the day I look over the logs to make sure everything ran smoothly… then clock out.”He then added: “I’m only at my desk maybe 10 minutes a day.”
“I’m doing exactly what they hired me to do, all of the work is done in a timely manner, and I get to enjoy my life. Win win for everyone involved.
“Plus, I’ve already decided that if they ever try to get rid of me I’ll just get rid of the script. I’m running it on equipment that I own so if they lose me, they lose the work.
“Creating my own job security.”
Coming back down to earth – well almost, Margaret Mills reported on the Essex link with James Bond – 007.
It seems that a Colchester man, Richard Chopping, was the man behind the illustrations used on many books and publications pushing the “BOND” image.
Listen here to what Margaret had to say about this individual: –
I look forward to having your company again next week,