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March 23, 2006

The New York Times has one explanation for why bosses may have seen more than the usual number of workers with Excel spreadsheets open last Thursday and Friday., which is broadcasting the tournament over the Internet for free this year, included a " Boss Button" that when hit, replaces the video and sound of the basketball game with an Excel spreadsheet until the coast is clear.

Steve Snyder, general manager for the website, tells the newspaper that Boss Buttons have been around for years.

"It used to be an old thing from the solitaire days," Snyder says. "When PCs started appearing in offices, it was baked into the games. We thought if we do it right, it will be fun, and it works and captures the attention of our users."

Snyder says that while workers may think they are successful in hiding the fact they were watching March Madness on their employer's computer, he doubts it fooled many bosses.

"If people feel like they are fooling their bosses, they are stretching it a little bit."

Source: New York Times

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