This post is about my reaction about Jigs the computer geek who discovered the Motherboard Virus and tried it on his friend Clark’s computer. One word: what a douchebag.
Now, he did quite a few offenses. First, he tested the virus without Clark knowing. That means that he just sneaked in and got Clark’s PC without the latter knowing. Strike one for violation of privacy. Next, unless Clark is part of a very small portion of the population, his PC is protected by a password. If not, well, maybe he should be aware of the security risks of not having one. If he has, but he hadn’t told Jigs, this is strike two for privacy intrusion. Well, cracking the password would just be a piece of cake for Jigs, of course.
And most especially, he installed something in the PC. Now, if this was something good, like Photoshop CS6 or Microsoft Office 2016, the other two offenses would be excusable, but of all the programs, he chose to install a virus! And out of all the viruses that he could have installed, he chose the most powerful virus since the existence of man. Okay, maybe it’s a little exaggerated but still it’s a big deal.
Now assume that I am Clark. Sheez! My motherboard is broken! I should go to Jigs. He’s the only one I know who can probably fix this. But I have a feeling that this cannot be fixed anymore.. Okay whatever, I will still go to Jigs. I’m sure he knows what to do. Maybe suggest a good motherboard brand, perhaps.
Then assume that the two meet, and this time I’m Jigs. Oh.. Fudge. I was right. It is indeed the motherboard virus. But I destroyed Clark’s motherboard. I should confess.. But if I confess he might be angry and our friendship might be over.. But he needs help. Okay I’ll tell him.
And so, Jigs should tell the whole story to Clark since he deserves to know the truth. Clark might be outraged, but Jigs should do something to compensate. I can suggest a few: (1) Jigs buys Clark a motherboard or a new PC altogether, (2) since Jigs is the computer buff, he should help Clark ensure his security and privacy by putting a password in his PC and possibly install an antivirus. Aside from doing Clark those things, he can also (3) do something to spread awareness about the Motherboard Virus so that there would be no more victims. Here comes the tool to execute that: the internet.
(4) Jigs shouldn’t do it again. It’s wrong to destroy human relationships by mere technology, although that is exactly what is happening right now in our society. Though it’s another matter for next time…