VNC as spyware on TV

Steve Bostedor steveb "at" tshore.com
Fri, 29 Jun 2001 17:47:06 +0000


Ahh, who listens to NBC for anything technical worth a cent anyways?
Consider the source.

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From: owner-vnc-list "at" uk.research.att.com
[mailto:owner-vnc-list "at" uk.research.att.com]On Behalf Of Ernie Oporto
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2001 8:01 AM
To: vnc-list "at" uk.research.att.com
Subject: VNC as spyware on TV


This morning's Today show on NBC about spyware mentioned VNC as a
freely downloadable spyware tool.  My first reaction was "awww dammit,
these morons are screwing up their info again".

Upon hearing this, I thought about how the web site really doesn't do a
lot of marketing into saying exactly what it is that VNC does other
than display a desktop.  It goes into too many details right away,
which the average person will skim over as their eyes glaze, so that
the only thing I can see them coming away with is "you can view remote
desktops".

As an introduction page, http://www.uk.research.att.com/vnc/ should be
more of a benefits page with gloss and hype and "This will help you
handle all those servers", "connect to your remote desktop while on
vacation", "road warriors can control their office desktops while on
the other side of the planet", and that sort of thing.  Why not add a
warning about non-tray icon versions or at least something along the
lines of the "this is a tool, and like all tools may be used for good
or bad" common sense that most people seem to lack.  That current page,
still useful could be moved off to "About VNC" and "News" pages.

Ernie

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