Scott Hanselman

A Poor Man's Computer Virus

May 24, '04 Comments [10] Posted in
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I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry.  It cracked me up though - today in my Inbox:

Hi, I am a Portuguese virus, but because of the poor technology and lack of money in my country I am not able to do anything with your computer. So, please be kind and delete an important file on your system and then forward me to other users. Thank you.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Monday, May 24, 2004 6:55:41 AM UTC
It was an Irish virus when I got it. We had best watch, it may mutate!!! :)
nakedCode
Monday, May 24, 2004 7:40:51 AM UTC
3rd world??? What an ignorant....
European
Monday, May 24, 2004 7:42:29 AM UTC
It was a joke!
Monday, May 24, 2004 8:01:50 AM UTC
BUENOS DIAS!!
JOU HAVE YUST RECEIVED A MEHICAN COMPUTER BIRUS!!!!!
SINCE WE ARE NOT SO TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED
IN MEHICO, DIS IS A MANUAL BIRUS.

FIRST SEND THIS E-MAIL TO EVERYONE JOU KNOW,
THEN DELETE ALL THE FILES ON JOUR HARD DRIVE.

TANK JOU FOR YELPING ME.

JULIO MANUEL GARCIA - HACKER PRIMERO
JULIO MANUEL GARCIA
Monday, May 24, 2004 12:59:47 PM UTC
Although I was not the one who sent you this joke, it was probably some other Brazilian. Brazil's pass-time #2 (right below soccer) is telling (unfair) jokes about our good friends, the Portuguese. I think each country has its own version of these jokes, targeted at some other country.
Sergio Pereira
Monday, May 24, 2004 10:26:04 PM UTC
Augh! Your low-tech virus somehow made it past all my virus checking software and appeared on my screen!

Next, on Fox, when memes attack...
Rocco Martin
Monday, May 24, 2004 11:53:26 PM UTC
Doh! Now I have to reformat! That virus wiped out half of my files and now I can't boot!
Thursday, May 27, 2004 11:57:36 AM UTC
Very funny
Thursday, May 27, 2004 3:29:38 PM UTC
Nice.
Friday, May 28, 2004 7:39:46 AM UTC
Portuguese virus? Low Tech? Only a fucking moron would tell that about my country´s technological devellopment... Tell me, are you from colombia or something like that? Because there is where the techy world is, for sure...
Asaf
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