Japanese call on deities to discipline wayward PCs
Anti-virus software usually does the job, but if malicious code gets through then it can bring your PC to its knees. So a Japanese shrine’s resorted to a rather more unorthodox way of keeping laptops safe.
"Bless this laptop..."
According to a report by website IOL, the Kanda-Myojin Shinto shrine has begun allowing “the faithful” to bring their laptops into the holy temple in order to have their laptops "blessed".
Priests are said to use centuries-old ceremonies to ask the gods to protect supplicants' PCs.
The shire's located, unsurprisingly, near Akihabara – Tokyo’s technology quarter. So it’s possible that the priests and PC sales reps have a deal going whereby you buy a laptop and instead of purchasing the extra warranty, you buy “religious protection service” for it instead.
Well, Anything is better than Gateway's warranty!!!!
there's a sound technical reason to sacrifice a couple of chickens or the occasional goat, preferably by the light of a full moon, from time to time! mainframes, of course, require something more.
"C'mon. Who the hell in IT HASN'T thought, at one time or another, that computers are possessed of malicious spirits who want only to destroy your will and send you gibbering out of the computer room?"
Me, for one.. I'm that IT Manager you're talking about of course.
IIRC that some temples in Dehli...
Offer a service where you can text your prayer to a priest and he performs Puja on your behalf.
Not Surprised with this Shrine
I visited this shrine back in May, and yes it is under 5 minutes walk away from Akiba. The reason Kanda Myoujin may have started offering this service is it's traditionally been a place to pray for success in business. I watched as suits would wonder up to the shrine, pray, then head off to their business meetings.
Hm I wonder if next time I'm there I'll be able to get a wireless signal (and also find the shop that sells the ginger flavored sake).