Feeds

Network Associates teams up with Nostradamus

Our man Tim Richardson witnesses the world end and he's not happy about it

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

Opinion If you believe all the twaddle about Nostradamus and his notion that this weekend will see the end of the world as we know it, then you need your head examined. But, in a strange kind of way, this great prophet of doom and gloom was almost right -- he was just out by a couple of days, that's all. You see my world nearly ended today. I've just spent the best part of six hours trying to fumigate a rather vicious little bug from my PC. Not my old steam-driven thing at vulture HQ -- no, no, no -- but my own personal "personal computer" at home that cost me a flipping fortune on the tick. And all because I caught the PC equivalent of the clap from some PR bunny at Consumers International who sent me a press release full of open sores and pus. But don't you worry -- being an IT hack does have its perks. Those nice people at Network Associates will always send me a copy of their excellent anti-virus software if I ask them nicely enough. The best bit of all is that I won't have to pay a thing. And do you know what? They did send me a copy of McAfee VirusScan Platinum -- but it was out of date. It couldn't touch my nasty little infection. Using the anti-virus software they sent me was like rubbing butter on a pustule when what I needed was a good dose of antibiotics. So instead of clearing it up in half-an-hour I've spent most the day speaking to tech support and downloading mega files from the Net -- and I ain't happy. Not happy one bit. Still, it's all fixed now -- I hope. I should at least be grateful for that. I suppose I should be also thankful that I'm just a hack. After all, just imagine if this episode had happened to someone with a proper job, an important job -- could you imagine the trouble that would have caused? ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years
Man jailed for dodgy cinema recording of Hollywood movie
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Scale data protection with your virtual environment
To scale at the rate of virtualization growth, data protection solutions need to adopt new capabilities and simplify current features.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?