Viral opportunity

Wednesday, 27 August 2003, 2:28 PM EST

I love the smell of computer virus in the morning. It smells like opportunity!

But not victory.

Opportunity in the sense that it gives me an opening to heckle anti-virus services over another idiot's "solution" -- a notification that a forged message not from you contained a virus.

"The e-mail message you sent to [Bloor@Stenchcorp.com] contained the virus SoBig.F."

How helpful! A security feature, designed by someone who knew computer viruses forge addresses, which adds to the deluge hitting the mailbox. So, if by some freak of nature you weren't getting enough copies of SoBig to entertain you, you had bounce messages caused by a dimwitted geek's plan to stop it taking up the slack.

For Microsoft, last week also meant opportunity.

Blaster opened the door for an advertising campaign which admonished us to "Install antivirus software and ensure it's up-to-date" and "use [Windows Update] to get and keep your PC up-to-date."

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