If you’re old enough to have worked on computers in the early 90s, today is a special day.
Michelangelo was probably the first, globally (mis)reported viruses, which was set to activate today, March 6th.
TV and cable were still the form of news for most, and once â€œBig Televisionâ€ picked up on this fairly benign thing (It’d make your life difficult, but unlike most nasty viruses, it only wiped your partition table, but didn’t destroy your data- unlike everything else since).
Norton, , and many others dogpiled onto this, offering a free AV tool to remove Michelangelo for some free press. You couldn’t go ANYWHERE to get away from hearing about it. John McAffee said something similar to 5 million computers would be infected (and most users devastated) by it. In the end, it ended up being a couple thousand.
Much like the Y2K bug, there was plenty of press, incredible misinformation, and far, far too much hype.
Replacing capacitors with batteries is not going to end well, even if you try to align the numbers, er.. somehow. It’d certainly make the package smaller, especially when you throw things away after they go bang.
That’s about half what I paid for managed hosting just a few years ago! Being a KVM, that means the entire virtual system is yours- whatever OS you want (not just a Linux setup with an ancient kernel, as is the case with OpenVZ). They’re supporting FreeBSD and OpenBSD out of the box.
The administrative interface is very rudimentary, but it already allows you to (sub)group them for different tasks. Brilliant.
I was always a fan of Hetzner’s hosting, but their network topology is a little strange (and it still is). I’ll probably post a few â€œthis is how you make it workâ€ notes.