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Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 2:28 am

Also found via Google: MS-Word is Not a document exchange format. Quite a useful rant, and something I entirely agree with; too many times I’ve gotten an e-mail through the campus listserv in which the content was only available as a Word or WordPerfect document, despite the fact that the attachment consisted almost entirely of plain, unformatted text.

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Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 1:49 am

Since I’ve been ranting so much about e-mail viruses lately, I figured I’d link to this EWeek article I stumbled across via Google: Idiocy Imperils the Web.

Instead of a headline like “Dangerous Fizzer Worm Attacks the Internet,” how about “Thousands of Morons Open Obviously Virus-Laden E-mail Attachments”? I kind of like it. It has a light, comedic feel similar to headlines found at The Onion. But as Homer Simpson would say, it’s funny because it’s true. Stories like that should embolden smart users so that, instead of accepting their co-workers’ incompetence, they will feel free to mock and ridicule these Typhoid Marys of the computer world.

Of course, another columnist wrote a very similar rant, this one for Wired, over two years ago. Some things never change, do they?

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