Guest post by Latifah Adeleke, PR Intern for InterviewStream and senior Journalism major at Baylor University
I’m not sure how a virus can be appreciable, especially for those of us who have actually had the misfortune of coming in contact with one (be it digital or microbial). Nevertheless, Oct. 3 has been allotted for Virus Appreciation! But if viruses aren’t your thing, here are some tips to steer clear of them in either form:
Protect yourself and protect others (especially as the weather cools and we begin to spend more time indoors)
Protect your computer
There’s nothing like a good virus to make you really appreciate the technology enthusiasts. Oct. 3 also is national Techies Day! If you’ve been lucky enough to never lose a computer to a virus take this time to appreciate the techies who made it possible. Here at InterviewStream, our technical support team is our lifeline. We live in a day and age where technology is ubiquitous and most of us are very well acquainted with a computer, but to be a true techie you must be quantified by the following definition:
“Techie is a term, derivative of the word technology, for a person who displays a great, sometimes even obsessive, interest in technology, high-tech devices, and particularly computers. Some techies express a disregard for any technology that could possibly be considered obsolete, even if the technology or process in question might only be considered obsolete within the techie community. Consequently, techies are also often early adopters. With the increased spending power of techies, a few media outlets exist that cater solely to them, most notably Wired, Slashdot, and, while it existed, TechTV. Geeks or nerds are often also considered to be techies; however, the reverse is not necessarily true and more people who would not be considered “geeks” are becoming techies, especially with the advancement of technology in recent years.” (http://www.gone-ta-pott.com/national_techies_day.html)
To celebrate you don’t need to catch a virus or hack through a fire wall, just thank a fellow in-office IT person or your favorite techie to show some appreciation for the good they do, their immense knowledge and the under appreciated talents they have then maybe, just maybe, when they design a malicious computer virus for all the people who called them nerds, they will exclude your IP address.
You can also look for new technology to get acquainted with in celebration of Techies Day to join the movement and become a techie yourself.