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Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Feb 2, 2004

Why technical writing is best left to technical journalists, Netcraft monitors SCO, and February's VB magazine

There is yet another great rant on the ZDNet website. Josh Mehlman rants specifically about an article in the Sydney Morning Herald, but his complaints are equally applicable to the vast majority of opinion pieces about MyDoom written by pseudo-technical journalists. Can we really blame him for taking issue with an article that describes MyDoom as a product of 'an ideological war [involving] combatants from the strange new alliances and belief systems spun out of the Internet revolution'?

Netcraft has furnished us with a visual representation of how MyDoom is affecting SCO and Microsoft. At the time of writing, SCO's website is down, whereas Microsoft appears largely unaffected - possibly due to the fact that the only visitors to SCO's site these days are journalists and lawyers, while Microsoft has a business to run that requires a constant web presence. After all, 'is a weapon of mass destruction'.

The February issue of Virus Bulletin magazine is out, and you can get a sneak-preview here. There's a summary of the Windows NT 4.0 comparative review online, as well as Joe Licari's comment piece looking at the growth of Instant Messenger software in otherwise secure networks.

Posted on 02 February 2004 by Virus Bulletin




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