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Worming my way in

Two reasons for a couple of weeks without posts.

Firstly I enjoyed a week of winter sun over half-term, Goa if anybody's interested. First time I've had a winter sun holiday and think at my age it's just the thing. Secondly the Council's computer systems have continued to be plagued with problems in the form of two worms which have been very resistant to attempts to eradicate them. The worms seem to be completely without purpose other than to stop things working but fortunately they now seem to be under control and systems are slowly returning to normal.

There are 2 responses to “Worming my way in”

  1. Elaine Bowker Says:

    We are absolutely confident that the disruption caused to services in recent weeks will start to lessen over the next week as we are now absolutely winning the battle against the Conflicker worm/virus. We are working 24/7 to eradicate the problem, ably assisted by Microsoft’s best engineers. I apologise for the more severe disruption to date, and thank everyone at the Council for your help and patience during what has been a difficult time for us all.

  2. Leslie Fletcher Says:

    It may well be that, as Sir Richard says, "worms seem to be completely without purpose", but they do point up the shortcomings of Microsoft software.

    There is a straightforward way of avoiding these problems in the future - change to open source software, particularly the Linux operating system. Its design minimises the risk of infection and there has not yet been a single widespread Linux malware threat of the type that Manchester City Council's Microsoft system currently faces.

    Going over to Linux would fit well with Manchester's radical past. Liberal licencing grants users the rights to study, change, and improve its design through the availability of its source code. The resulting skills enhancement brings mutual benefits, promotes efficiency through insistence on open standards and avoids breakdowns in service delivery. Moreover, it is only through adoption of open standards that public administrations can properly discharge their responsibility to preserve documentary cultural heritage in a format accessible by all and prevent the degrading of data caused by the incompatibilities which are endemic to proprietary software.

 

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