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The Netmask of the Red Death

Tell us a scary story for Halloween!


Alright. A long time ago, probably like 1997...


If that virus gets to our systems, we're finished! Build a firewall and cut off our network from the Internet!

...there was a terrible computer virus called The Red Death...


Our servers are safe, but without the Internet we're all really bored. You must do something!


Wow, great costume!

So they decided to have a costume party.


Dressing up as a server infected with the Red Death!?! How dare you wear such an offensive costume!

But one guest had a most disturbing costume...


Remove your mask immediately so that I might fire you!


Ahhhh! The Red Death!

Behind the mask was no frog, but the intangible Red Death itself!


And so all the network became infected, and the company died.


That really wasn't very scary.


You want me to tell you about the Dot-Com Bubble?

This is my amphibian adaptation of The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe. The moral of the story is that no computer, network, or business can be completely safe from malware.

Poe may not have intended for his original story to have a moral, but many believe it to be that no person can ever escape from death and decay. The last line sums it up, "Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all." Maybe you should read the whole thing today before you go out begging for candy.

Published Monday, 31 October 2016

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