February 18th, 2006

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Is that a Mac OS X virus - or the classic Unix joke?

As Macs become more popular, they become more of a target for hackers (old-school bragging rights and new-style theft both go best with a big pool of targets), but Apple's dismissal of the Oompa Loompa trojan reminded me of the old joke about the Unix virus (read the mail, forward the instructions to a friend and then format your hard drive): they say it "requires a user to download the application and execute the resulting file".
full steam ahead

A Song of the Weather


While it’s been rather nice and sunny in Putney today, I think more of the folks we know are getting a typical February. So courtesy of Flanders and Swann, here’s a cheerful ditty about the English weather.


January brings the snow,


Makes your feet and fingers glow.


February’s ice and sleet


Freeze the toes right off your feet.


Welcome March with wintry wind -


Would thou wer’t not so unkind.


April brings the sweet spring showers -


On and on for hours and hours.


Farmers fear unkindly May,


Frost by night and hail by day.


June just rains and never stops,


Thirty days and spoils the crops.


In July the sun is hot.


Is it shining? No, it’s not.


August cold, and dank, and wet,


Brings more rain than any yet.


Bleak September’s mist and mud


Is enough to chill the blood.


Then October adds a gale,


Wind and slush and rain and hail.


Dark November brings the fog -


Should not do it to a dog.


Freezing wet December then:


Bloody January again!


(January brings the snow


Makes your feet and fingers glow).