Ansible uncovers more details about the origins of The Eye of Argon by Jim Theis, often described as the worst science fiction story ever penned.
Theis was interviewed for a subsequent issue of OSFAN. He was 16 when he wrote the story in 1970, receiving a derisive award from fellow club members:
OSFAN: I am personally proud of your story for OSFAN10, in the sense, that it is more than I could have done. Also the fact that when they were kidding you about it, you took it so well. I think you should be given a pat on the back for such good sportsmanship. You showed real character.THEIS: I didn't know that. I mean, it was easier than showing bad character and inviting trouble.
I would like your comment on firewalls and virus scanners.
Simply, do you think firewalls could be effectively used without virus scanning. Seems to me, as a novice, that there is redundancy because a constantly updated virus scanner rarely, if ever, actually never, identifies a virus. So my impression is that the firewall is so efficient that it virtually negates the value of the virus scanner.
Would a perceptive person notice the effects of a subtle virus by a change in performance and therefore not need to run a scanner and a firewall because they would address the performance change when it arises?
I should add that I rarely allow for java applets or activeX controls when visiting websites/pages.(whatever the apps. and Xcontrols actually are.) I also use some "host file" trick which keeps my spam to virtually nill. I use no auto-update features that I'm aware of and run a couple of freeware scanners that look for spyware and browser hijackers. I also erase/compress my dat. files regularly and my swap files(again, whatever they are?). So maybe I have limited my system so much as to make it less functional but less vunerable to viruses...?