It is doubtful that there is anyone reading this who does not remember Steven Spielberg’s iconic cinema moment “E.T., phone home.” That was three decades ago, and today it is “PC, phone home.”
I imagine a scene that could have taken place in some corporate boardroom of a company that manufactures hard disks. Present at the meeting were the CEO of the company, head of the marketing department, and an engineer. The exchange could have gone something like this:
This week I thought it might be a useful exercise to examine some of the constantly changing terms information technology people and others use to name bad software. In vernacular usage, the word “virus” has become a catch-all for any and all kinds of bad software, yet the word virus does have a specific and more restricted definition that sets it apart from other terms.