Re: Good Idea?

From: R.H. Cotterell (
Date: 10/20/01

From: "R.H. Cotterell" <>
To: "Aaron Laudi" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 22:17:48 -0300
Subject: Re: Good Idea?
Message-ID: <3BD0A68C.1266.57E2C@localhost>

Short answer. yes, it will work. You can also commence with a . or two (period
or dot sign). BTW, this is old hat. :-)


Aaron Laudi's e-mail of 17 October 2001 13:40 stated:

>Does this make sense to you guys? One of my users sent it to me. It sounds
>good in theory.
>Subject: Good Idea
>I received a computer trick today that's really ingenious in its simplicity.
>As you may know, when/if a worm virus gets into your computer it heads
>straight for your email address book and sends itself to everyone in there,
>thus infecting all your friends and associates. This trick won't keep the
>virus from getting into your computer, but it will stop it from using your
>address book to spread further, and it will alert you to the fact that the
>worm has gotten into your system.
>Here's what you do: first, open your address book and click on "new contact"
>just as you would do if you were adding a new friend to your list of email
>addresses. In the window where you would type your friend's first name, type
>in !000 (that's an exclamation mark followed by 3 zeros). In the window
>below where it prompts you to enter the new email address, type in
>WormAlert. Then complete everything by clicking add, enter, ok, etc.
>Now, here's what you've done and why it works: the "name" !000 will be
>placed at the top of your address book as entry #1. This will be where the
>worm will start in an effort to send itself to all your friends. But when it
>tries to send itself to !000, it will be undeliverable because of the phony
>email address you entered (WormAlert). If the first attempt fails (which it
>will because of the phony address), the worm goes no further and your
>friends will not be infected.
>Here's the second great advantage of this method: if an email cannot be
>delivered, you will be notified of this in your InBox almost immediately.
>Hence, if you ever get an email telling you that an email addressed to
>WormAlert could not be delivered, you know right away that you have the worm
>virus in your system. You can then take steps to get rid of it!
>aaron laudi
>webcast technician -- stylus strategic communication
>t 514-288-8613

Richard H. Cotterell <>

Two quotable quotes: By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest. -Confucius, philosopher and teacher (c. 551-478 BC)

I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room. -Blaise Pascal, philosopher and mathematician (1623-1662)