and let me be the first
To hoist a salute to you. Thanks for making my Friday what it should have been.
"So let me get this straight," the Boss says, looking at his email to the PFY's latest masterpiece. "You're proposing a software... amnesty?" "Yes," the PFY answers. "And what's a software amnesty when it's at home?" "It's a chance for people to turn in software they don't use any more," I explain. "So maybe you bought a …
Another class example of how to take a stupid situation (a corporation buying crap software that no-one really wants to use, usually caused by management being clueless dimwits) and turn it into beer.
It works especially well because the manager is walked straight into doing something even more stupid than usual by extending what, at first, is a good fix for the original problem.
Perfect. I will be suggesting that scheme to one of our JIMs^H^H^H^H sorry, idiot PHBs, after "lunch" today.
I do believe my Friday has just been made, thank you Simon. I'll have to remember this little scheme and see how I can get it implemented here /rubs hand evilly.
@AC 16:43 - The first rule of the Backup Exec club is you DO NOT talk about the Backup Exec club.
We here in the states sometimes refer to $$$ as "bucks". I believe that across the pond (and 8 hours away) they refer to £££ as "quid".
Yes, it took me a while to get used to it. Thankfully, all our bills are the same size.
Love those pictures of previous presidents and other elder statesmen past.
Endpoint protection? So Symantec's selling condoms now? Or chainmail underwear?
I work in a facility where we have three different CAD packages that rotate in and out of popularity. I also have sealed copies of NT4 and Adobe 4.0 to add to the pile... They're right next to the "business card scanners" and included software.
One security conscious individual was complaining today that they purchased "a bundle of four internet protection software apps", and now couldn't browse the web. In a bid to get more protection online, they entered their debit card details, at a site kindly brought to their attention by an email from a nice stranger, with a warm, fuzzy sounding name. After which it was so "secure" that the myriad of firewalls and blockers were letting nothing in or out.
Anyway, the user could not see why these security programs and other enhancers shouldn't all happily run, at the same time as each other, and those that came with their PC. Nor that the biggest security risk was themselves happily clicking on links in unsolicited email and reaching for the debit card.
Where's that overly-helpful clippy when you need him to say: I see you're opening an unsolicited email. I see you're clicking on an obvious tracking link in an unsolicited email, to a website with a suspiciously-long-hypenated-name-you-do-know-what-that-means-dont-you? now you're confirming your gullibility level for future peddling, I see you're giving your card details to mbcontacts, of which most accounts on the web allege he's a fraudster. Would you like me to a) fetch the vaseline? b) unlock your front door while you're at it c) ...
This is what I found installed, and of them all the ones which could be enabled, were. AVG; Security Solutions Antivirus; Norton Security Scan; Security Solutions Antispyware; Norton Internet Security; Zone Alarm; HP ProtectTools Security Manager; PC Booster; Registry Repair; Error Repair Professional; PeerGuardian 2; ZangoSA
If you reach the last item, which "lets you watch videos online free", maybe, the old lady who swallowed the fly, was based on reality.
Tux, 'cause he's replaced one more internet security racket riddled Windows install today. Though it was hard to resist the "let me just fetch my payment card from my coat pocket, i see another scam email i can't resist clicking on coming".
yes. once worked at a shop that audit showed we used pcanywhere with only 30 licence copies out of 120. So big panic 100 extra copies bought not just the licence; thus lots of boxes.
Turns out another department had the spare licences and some of the clents we did the work for had both host and remote licences also. Turns out we were over 200% covered with licences.
Later on of course most of the connections went ISDN anyway.
First, that people could mis-read a good story that badly.
And second, that no-one took them to task for doing so and then voicing their inability to follow a plot.
This was not "the first company funded pubtime".
It is the first pint funded by that 100 quid they just got.
It drives me nuts that the sheep complain when they don't understand what they just read.