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04/09/2005 Archived Entry: "I Can Save Us All by David M. Brown"

David M. Brown has a charming and useful article entitled "I Can Save Us All: When Computers Do Bad Things to Good People." It opens, 1. Never Forget: The Computer Is Your Enemy. It is out to get you. Any way that the computer can find to destroy your life, the computer is going to do. That's why it always seems so "productive," so "easy to use," so "able to do many things simultaneously." The computer is luring you into a sense of complacency. Just when you're thinking, "Aha, I've finally mastered this computer thing, I have finally spent all the man-years I've going to spend learning how to protect it and myself from viruses, adware, spyware, data loss, theft, fire, little kids with yo-yos and water pistols, etc.," up will pop a chink in the armor that will be your downfall. To prevent this you must be vigilant, constantly monitoring your computer through narrowed Clint-Eastwood-like eyes, always on the lookout for that one little trick up its sleeve that until now you had not suspected and about which nobody ever bothered to tell you. Don't ever relax in front of your computer. Be tense. Be worried. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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