An Open Letter to Microsoft

Microsoft-borne worms and viruses are a boon to IT workers!

Paul Heinlein
First published on August 20, 2003
Last updated on September 28, 2004

Note: I first published this letter to the Portland Linux/Unix Group mailing list.

Dear Messrs. Gates and Ballmer,

I know that many people grumble about the worms and viruses that have frequently exploited features and vulnerabilities in your widely used Windows operating environment and Office productivity suite.

Personally, I don’t use Windows or Office, so I’m unfit to comment on the grumblings of end users.

As an IT professional, however, I don’t understand the cynicism and eye rolling among my colleagues. They’re always grumbling and forever pointing out that Macintosh and Unix systems aren’t vulnerable to these attacks. My opinion is that all those worms and viruses are to be welcomed, for a number a reasons:

Surely there are other things that could be added to this list, but you’re busy men, and I shouldn’t take up too much of your time.

Again, as an IT professional, I encourage you to keep up the good work. Others may grumble about the waste of time and productivity, but I know who’s buttering my bread!

Thank you.