Date: Wed, 18 Oct 1995 20:51:33 EDT
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: Apology about virus
Natalie points out concerning
The Good Times virus is evidently a hoax. Sorry if I worried anyone
The Good Times Virus alert is part of net tradition -- along with the
Neiman-Marcus cookies, little Craig Shergold collecting cards, and the
FCC modem tax. It's kind of fun to watch these hoaxes popping up year
after year after year.
The only problem is that of the boy who cried wolf. It's one thing to read
that anecdote about the $250 (or $500, or whatever) Neiman Marcus chocolate
chip cookie recipe for the umpteenth time (complete with free "valuable"
recipe, which I keep meaning and then forgetting to try); at least there's no
danger of accidentally disregarding a REAL anecdote about being charged $250
for the recipe, especially now that everyone in the civilized cyberworld KNOWS
enough not to ask for the recipe for the scrumptious cookies they were just
served at N-M (if indeed they even HAVE cookies there). But what if there's a
REAL virus someday? We're all so used to the hoaxes that no doubt we'll just
tune out the warnings. Oh well, time to stop babbling.