REVIEW: "Viruses Revealed", Robert M. Slade/David Harley/Urs Gattiker
- BKVR.RVW 20011013
"Viruses Revealed", Robert M. Slade/David Harley/Urs Gattiker, 2001,
%A Robert M. Slade rslade@..., rslade@..., p1@...
%A David Harley harley@..., macvirus@...
%A oh, yeah, and Urs Gattiker, too
%C 300 Water Street, Whitby, Ontario L1N 9B6
%I McGraw-Hill Ryerson/Osborne
%O U$39.99 905-430-5000 +1-800-565-5758 fax: 905-430-5020
%O (the authors are from Canada, the UK, and Denmark, but do we get
%O prices in CDN$, pounds, or kroner? Nooooooooo. Of course, you
%O could order it from Chapters.ca for C$63.95, but it'll take two
%O weeks for them to get it ...)
%P 700 p.
%T "Viruses Revealed"
The International Institute for Fashion and Other Really Nasty Things
today announced the winner of the 2001 Award for the World's Ugliest
Book Cover. "Normally, we wouldn't announce a winner until next
spring some time," said Frederick Krueger, the Institute's president,
"but with the release of `Viruses Revealed,' there really isn't room
for any competition."
Spokespeople for Osborne/McGraw-Hill would not speak for attribution,
but one did admit that they were pleased with the award. "We said we
were going for `bold' and `eye-catching,' but our real target was to
produce that sick-to-your-stomach flu feeling, to give people a real
virus queasiness. It's nice to know we succeeded."
Security specialists were equally quick to comment on the contents of
the work. "What a thick book!" said David Chess.
"Da- I mean, darn it, where are the taxonomies?" said Winn Schwartau,
author of "Internet and Computer Ethics for Kids." He also promised
to give us his *real* reaction "as soon as I get rid of the best of
"I think more time should go by between Slade's books." - Larry
"How come my work didn't get mentioned?" - sarah gordon
"read it" - A. Padgett Peterson
"Should be `reviled'." - PGN
"A mythic work! No, sorry, that should be `mythical'." - Jeff Crume
"Why are these guys misusing my name?" - Gene Spafford
"Makes a great doorstop." - Tom Sheldon
"Oooh, a foreword from spaf!" - David Chess (no relation)
"Fills an unneeded gap." - Fred Cohen
Misinformation about semi-recent viruses can be found at
http://www.osborne.com/virus_alert/, while marketing hype is available
at http://victoria.tc.ca/techrev/vrupdate.htm and
http://sun.soci.niu.edu/~rslade/vrupdate.htm. Some real links can be
found at http://www.sherpasoft.org.uk/viruses-revealed/.
copyright Robert M. Slade, 2001 BKVR.RVW 20011013
rslade@... rslade@... slade@... p1@...
"If you do buy a computer, don't turn it on." - Richards' 2nd Law
"Robert Slade's Guide to Computer Viruses" 0-387-94663-2 800-SPRINGER
"Viruses Revealed" 0-07-213090-3
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