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How detached from real people are we as Webmasters
I went out this evening after fixing the SQL worm on our network!

 12:01 am on Jan 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

Going out this evening, feeling good after getting our network back online after the SQL Slammer worm, I realised just how detached from ordinary people you can become as a Webmaster.

No one had heard of the worm and no one was intersted. I felt really wierd thinking one of the biggest attacks on the internet has just taken place and 99% of people don't realise.



 12:16 am on Jan 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

There is a weirdness to it. I cared. Everyone else did/could not give a sh## :). I chose not to mention it to my freinds.


 12:31 am on Jan 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

When it affects them they will. Had it been during the week I hate to think how many support calls we would have taken despite hosting all clients on linux.

I have a great respect for MS but they need to be taken to task and be forced to automate patches.

Some here will realise just how dangerous some of the "vulnerabilities" are.


 12:46 am on Jan 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

I chose not to mention it to my freinds.

Now that is a sensible policy!


 2:58 am on Jan 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

Let me start off by saying my domain stayed up and running thru the entire event last night. I attribute that primarily to the preventative measures taken by my host server.

No mistake many folks didn't realize it happened or the significance of it. Some folks just don't seem to care.

I feel if the event had taken place thru the week....well, the effects we all felt would have been much, much worse. Yikes! Mighta made Code Red a 'flash in the pan' in comparison to the potential this event had. Imagine if had happened Monday morning moments before the opening bell.

Like some, I am amazed at how many machines were not patched. It just boggles my mind that given the historical 'slip-shodyness' (sp.) of Microsoft, that so many had not regularly sought out possible vulnerabilities and patched them.

MS has had that patch up since June '02 and there are those who would say MS failed by not making updates automatic. On the other hand, some would think it's up to me to make sure the fuel tank in my car is topped off, or that the brakes are up to par before I head down the Interstate for vacation.

While that may not be the best analogy, I feel far too many people fail to take this technological medium seriously by assuming patches and other measures should come to them.

Let me clarify that I am not sitting here wagging my fingers at those who got caught with their collective pants down, because I'm not.

No matter what product or service you use or buy, the final responsibility falls on the individual user...whether we like to admit it or not.

Look how many people still don't have firewalls or viral protection despite all the problems in this area. Helloooooo!

There is no question in my mind that far more individuals will be taking their machine and it's capabilities much more seriously today....than they did yesterday.

Hindsight is indeed 20-20.

As for my friends? Well, in this particular case maybe ignorance really is bliss. :)



 6:47 pm on Jan 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

I heard about it on the radio this morning... wow. Spend a weekend remodeling the house, and miss all the excitement. I suppose I'll find out if we were affected when I run the server logs for the weekend...

Must admit also, after being offline all weekend... I feel a bit detached from myself. ;)


 7:16 pm on Jan 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

If you think you're in your own world as a webmaster, designer/sem, or IT professional, you should try the netherworld of independent webzine publisher and/or affiliate.


 7:28 pm on Jan 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

Divorced male seeking female companionship.

Must be able to endure long periods of technical communication and understand what it is that I do for a living.

Must be able to adjust to once a week or maybe even twice a week get togethers. If getting together at your place, an Internet connection is mandatory.

Must be fully versed in latest industry trends.

I could go on and on about the disparity differences between our world and the rest of the world. ;)


 7:31 pm on Jan 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

>no one was interested

It was front page news in the local paper.


 7:34 pm on Jan 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

Yep, front page news and a top story on CNN, MSNBC, etc. on Saturday morning. Along with, on MSNBC at least, the now-almost-mandatory speculation that it could have been a "terrorist attack."


 2:59 am on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

I'm so detached that I'd read everything that could be found about Slammer, but said to my sis Sunday morning, "Superbowl? That's TODAY?"


 3:42 am on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

What are real people?

Do they have a separate IP


 3:53 am on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

Do they have a separate IP?

No, they have shared IPs, WE have separate IPs. ;)


 3:09 am on Jan 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

But then again Mike Some of us have many more than one IP LOL nice to see you Mike


 7:02 am on Jan 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

the wife thinks I'm having an affair here..:)


 7:06 am on Jan 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

All of these companies being messed up from a worm.. The media gets to me, it portrays it as some super huge thing that is to blame on some virus writer when this issue has been noted like someone said earlier since like June 02. I can't wait to see the companies state their losses because of this - and all i gotta say is its the darn -heh- system administrators fault for not following up with things.

:) As far as being deattached from the world, all my people who are around me are family or are friends techie related somehow, the other ones i dont see that often anyways so by the time i see em its old news :P~

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