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Nov 14, 2001, 14:03 (32 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)
"There will probably be no .comment column the week after the first negligence suit is filed against a firm whose negligent action is the use of Microsoft software when they should have known better, with the result being a client's confidential documents having become public.

It is difficult to type when one is laughing oneself into a total thoracic muscle cramp. And I'm not sure I'll be able to get it out of my system in a week.

But seriously, folks . . .

I got to thinking about this when I learned that a law firm I know is about to embrace Outlook as its email client. One need to have paid only very little attention over the last couple of years to know that if one wishes to keep a secret, one does not want it ever to pass through Outlook or to reside on a machine where Outlook is ever used. (The firm gets its IT services from an outside outfit, which typically means someone for whom it was an MSCE or the Army, and the Army said no. There are exceptions, but in my experience there is not a dimmer string of bulbs on the planet than that made up of MSCE certificants.) It will be no particular surprise to hear that confidential client documents have hitched a ride out of the firm on some SirCam variant."

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