Virus Alert Objections from the Left Coast

Robert Skinner (
Thu, 30 Dec 1999 11:38:24 -0500

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Many apologies to those who were/are offended by this admittedly
off-topic post. As the virus warning came from a vendor that provides
the anti-virus software for the company I work for, and has proven
itself valuable in defending a couple of thousand work stations there,
it seemed like a good idea at the time. wrote:
> Looks like trend Micro's sales must be down.. They need a scare to move some
> product.. Then again how do we know it was them? Not by the message..

[Actually, the message contained all the data required to verify the
content, which I did before forwarding it - in fact, before taking any
action at all. SOP, as I have to deal with dozens of hoaxes each
month. /]

> Fear not viruses.. Your software has enough dead ends and spaghetti code to
> crash your computer regularly into the new millenium..
> I am kinda tired of this kinda scare tactics.. I get about 3 a week now..
> SF

[I can appreciate your viewpoint, and share it to some extent. Unless
there is some substantial and immediate positive feedback from the
Left Coasties about the documented virus notice that I posted, I won't
bother "" listees on the subject of documented
viruses, computers, and the like. It's too much like work.

Robin Miller wrote:
> Subject: Virus Alert - VBS_TUNE - A FAST SPREADING WORM
> Why am I getting this on a West Wight Potter e-mail list? Aren't there
> enough other places where people who still use Windows instead of Linux (or
> Mac) can learn about the latest Windows and/or Outlook security breach?
> - Robin "roblimo" Miller
> day job: Managing Editor,
> "News for Nerds. Stuff that matters."

[In response to proponents of LINUX, MAC, and other good desk-top
operating system alternatives, note that MS pretty well owns the
desktop at this instant. I don't like it any more than you do, but it
is the current reality. You set your sails and course based on the
way the wind blows, not the way you wish it did. /]

Robert Skinner,, Rockville, MD 20850
'87 Potter 15 HMS #1618 "Little Dipper"