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November 5, 2003 @ 09:11 pm ๐Ÿ”— Post Link

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Amusing. I just received an e-mail from support at etccomputer with the content of my blog entry about them in it. No comment was made. Curious. I didnโ€™t say that the service itself was poor, it was HOW it was delivered that left a lot to be desired. I donโ€™t expect to be ignored or ridiculed when I have made an honest mistake and I trying to learn from it. There is more to selling computers than just fixing problems and getting product out the door. You deal with people first and foremost.

To be fair, they did fix the problem which was mine not theirs and the computer runs great.

250K Bounty by M$!

Ahh yesโ€ฆ It was bound to happen. From a ZDNET article :

โ€œMicrosoft to offer bounty on hackers: Microsoft will announce today that it will offer two $250,000 bounties for information leading to the arrest of the people who released the MSBlast worm and the SoBig virus. Itโ€™s a bit of I told you so, as I predicted in August that governments and corporations would begin offering bounties to those who help bring serious cybercriminals to justice. โ€

A few comments from the ZDNET public forum:
โ€œMakes Sense. Itโ€™s way cheaper than fixing Windows!โ€
โ€œIf Microsoft were to create a simple computer OPERATING SYSTEM instead of a whole computing โ€˜environmentโ€™, and then build all their toys on top of that, they could have a secure operating system. But until they get the * OPERATING SYSTEM * going securely first, the rest of the fluffly-pretty-stuff-dumb-users-can-use that Microsoft likes to market as โ€˜part of the operating systemโ€™ will NEVER follow in a secure fashion. Basics come before extravagance โ€“ not the other way around!โ€

โ€œPS โ€“ Not even Thursday yet, and already two new Windows only virus have been announced today โ€“ Torvil A and Torvil B โ€“ how long until the next rolled up Microsoft patch? Plenty of time to get your windows box infested. Iโ€™m sure. I would advise all the Microsoft shills to update their patches NOW, so they donโ€™t get caught out, and find themselves unable to post pro-Microsoft propaganda later in the weekโ€

โ€œIf the protocols were tested in Open Source they could have been tested and fixed, also if MS wasnโ€™t in such a hurry to get the products out the door maybe things like that wouldnโ€™t happenโ€ฆโ€

ETC. article trimmed in 2024.

Clearly the ramifications of this will have to be watched. Way to go M$! More great PR!

Update: link is 404. Curious my zdnet links all had double .com.coms. Hmm.

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