Sunday, November 13, 2005

Why Technology?

It's the name of my company -- Y Technology -- and also a good question to pose now and then.

I worked briefly at a company that used a hand scanner, partly for security, but chiefly as a time card. The technology worked well enough, identifying me correctly on the first attempt almost every time. The implementation, however, was flawed: the hand scanner stood between our desks and the restroom. It was company policy to scan in and out when you arrived in the morning and left in the evening, and also for lunch. This policy was later changed to include bathroom and cigarette breaks(!).

It's no secret that some people don't wash their hands after using the restroom, which made slapping your palm on the scanning surface a good way to spread all sorts of germs. It was also a good reason not to eat lunch at your desk.

The solution to this problem was decidedly low-tech. I carried around a small bottle of Purell Hand Sanitizer.


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