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Shutdown your computer, cleaners are lurking

It’s late and you are at work. Is time to take the bus and go home, but your computer is processing a huge amount of ultra-confidential data (of course, this only can be done on Linux :P). You’ll miss the bus if you don’t run now, but you don’t want to shut you computer down and lose a lot of time repeating all the process tomorrow.

The problem is that if you don’t shut down the computer, the cleaners, that are coming at 22:00 to clean the office armed with their brooms and cloths, could access all the data in your computer (as we all know, cleaners are actually high level hackers). So, what can you do?

Don’t worry, just run the next command and your PC will shut down one minute before they come into your office:

shutdown -h 21:59

If you know how long it will take to finish the process (let’s say 60 minutes), run this command instead:

shutdown -h +60

Finally, if you are too paranoid, you can halt your computer immediately by running this one:

shutdown -h now

Hey! And don’t forget to lock the door!

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