Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Would you buy a used car from this man?

On a recent Sunday morning when Lew Tucker's Dell desktop computer was overrun by spyware and adware--stealth software that delivers intrusive advertising messages and even gathers data from the user's machine--he did not simply get rid of the offending programs. He threw out the whole computer.

Tucker, an Internet industry executive who holds a doctoral degree in computer science, decided that rather than take the time to remove the offending software, he would spend $400 on a new machine.

Now, without belittling the plagues of spyware, viruses, worms and other assorted nasties that infect Windows-based computers, you're going to tell me that an "Internet industry executive" (he's the president of Salesforce.com) with a doctorate in comp sci can't manage this task? Cripes, I manage that for an entire network and all my computers at home! It isn't that difficult. At home, it doesn't even cost me a cent and takes a few minutes a month to update definition files. (And of course, losing Internet Explorer helps.)

If anyone wants the magic incantations, comment here and I'll write a brief tutorial and post it.

I just wonder if I'm the only one who would not be quite so comfortable using his company's services after reading this?

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