April 26, 2002
I thought I was supposed to be anti-idiotarian

Well, this was a fun afternoon at work. The comm group booted my port off the network because I have a Win2K server which wasn't properly secured. Today it became one of many machines across our enterprise that came down with a bad case of the Nimda worm.

Yeah, I know. I'm an idiot. Go ahead, get it out of your system. I won't be offended.

I'll mention that I am not the only person responsible for this server, which is running some beta software. Nor was mine the only vulnerable machine, as the global outbreak would attest. The "everybody else does it" defense isn't particularly compelling, but it's all I've got.

It's times like this that I'm glad to be out of user support. This sort of crap always seemed to happen on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons. You wanna test your stress level, it's a great way to do it. I'd sometimes feel like the Lloyd Bridges character in Airplane! - "I sure picked a bad day to stop sniffing glue." Whatever else you can say about project work, my pager almost never goes off.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on April 26, 2002 to Technology, science, and math