There’s an app to tell you what song is playing on the radio, and a few to help you stick to your diet. We have apps to find where the best sales are and so many apps to find coupons for Cheerio’s. There are apps to find where we are going, apps to get us there cheaper, and apps to entertain us once we get there. But for all these apps, there are a few that, sadly, are missing. Here are the ones we most want to see added to Google Play and the App Store.
Warning: Systems are Under Siege!
If we just had a few hours heads-up when some goofball was about to launch a DDoS attack or infiltrate our email servers with a new virus. It could even be really cool and screech an alert like, “Danger, Will Robinson!”
Heads Up! That Server is About to Crash
Ugh, the dreaded hardware malfunction. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were an app to let the IT service desk know before a server went down or another PC crashed? Just enough time to run a quick backup, that’s all we ask.
Look Out! Boss on the Way, and He Doesn’t Look Happy
If our smartphones can read bar codes and translate text, why can’t they detect the boss stomping down the next hallway over on a rampage? Perhaps it wouldn’t give us a chance to escape, but it would at least give us enough warning that we weren’t glancing at our Facebook feed or updating the old Twitter status when he rounded that corner.
You Left Your ID Badge in the 3rd Floor Bathroom
Where is that darned ID badge? What did I do with the car keys? Where have I left that thumb drive this time? If only we had an app to help find all those things we misplace during the day — running from one workstation to the other trying to un-jam printers, unplug all the personal coffee makers from the UPS units, and help managers set up their new tablets. Just one little finder app, is that too much to ask?
It Ain’t Worth it Today: Just Call in
Why isn’t there an app to let us know that the day is just going to be too much, and it’s better just to stay home. Maybe all the users skipped their coffee this morning, or the boss’ dog destroyed his couch, or the coworkers decided it’s time to plan Suzie a baby shower — whatever the reason, we just need an app to let us know when today is simply not the day to show up for work.
Attention: The Desk Plant is Dying from Lack of Sunshine
They say something living on your desk can perk your spirits when you’re stuck in an office all day. But so far, you’ve killed two African violets, three “low-maintenance” cacti, and a peace lily. Shouldn’t there be an app to tell you when a plant needs more sun, a smidgen of fertilizer, or perhaps just a bit less watering? So. Many. Dead. Plants.
Um … You Aren’t Wearing THAT, are You?
Who hasn’t shown up to work in one black sock and one navy sock? Haven’t we all accidentally paired a brown sweater with a pair of gray pants, or sat down at the desk only to realize you’re still wearing your slippers? There should definitely be an app giving us a heads up when we are simply not dressed for a successful day.
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