Wednesday, April 1, 2009


My sister called me after work and asked me what I was going to do about the big virus that was due to infect computers all over the globe on April 1.

"What virus?" I asked her. "Is this some April Fool's joke?"

"Haven't you heard it on the news? They've been talking about it all day." She proceeded to tell me how this particular computer virus had all of the IT people at her workplace up in arms, working on preventative measures all day.

Then she asked me, "Should I unplug my computer?"

"Unplug your computer?? What for?"

"I heard that the virus will get into your computer even if it is turned off."

"Who told you that??"

"Someone told me that a while ago."

I get so annoyed when misinformation like this gets passed around, and even moreso when people believe something that makes no sense. "How can anything get into your computer if it is turned off?" I asked her.

"Well I don't know, that's what I heard."

"They don't know what they're talking about!!" I also get agitated, haha.. "A virus has to get processed in order to work and if your processor isn't on, nothing can happen. Even if it is on, just don't click on anything you shouldn't click on."

I don't think she believed me. I'm sure that after we hung up she went and unplugged her computer. What people should do is send around a helpful e-mail telling everyone if they really want to be sure, then unplug everything in the house and switch off their fuses. Make sure their doors and windows are closed and locked, too. And spray Windex on everything.

After talking with my sister, I did check out the internet to see what the scoop was about the virus and discovered that indeed it has done some damage. But like Y2K and the worry over the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, it has been exaggerated beyond all reason.

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