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One of my employees is spending a lot of time just browsing the web and talking on Google Talk. I'd like to get a quote of exactly how much time is spent doing these things. We want to have a lax environment but he's abusing it and I'd like to have some solid information.

He's using Ubuntu Linux, how can I monitor this?

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Take a look at Wireshark, it should be in the default repositories.

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Hrmm... I installed it but I don't see any devices for me to capture.... not even lo or eth0 :-\ – Webnet Dec 22 '10 at 19:16
Guess you should run it as root. – cYrus Dec 22 '10 at 19:48

writing a script to grep tcpdump for certain keywords would give you an idea. But for that you would need to run it locally.

Also have you confronted your employee about this?

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It's not actually my employee, I just thought I'd get better results that way. It's my co-worker that my boss has asked me about his performance. I'd like to get some facts because I honestly don't pay much attention to what he does cause I'm so focused on my own work. – Webnet Dec 22 '10 at 18:43
IMO you should talk with your employer about your coworker and not try to spy on them, that may reflect badly on you. – madmaze Dec 22 '10 at 22:03

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