With computer viruses not so uncommon, it’d make you wonder what kind of person would trustingly open a file from a stranger without at least considering the risks. Some of the spam e-mails you get can be quite tricky, as they sometimes include some form of your name or tempting subject lines. But better to be safe than sorry, and with a click of mouse I quickly delete the tons of junk mail that clutter my inbox daily. More on that classic mistake another time.
So this next story is ODD in why someone would want to even create a file-sharing network in a public place, especially one in New York. Maybe the idea could work in a city with a name like Podunk — the ghost towns in Oklahoma or Nevada, not the actual one in New York — if at all.
Artist creates off-the-wall idea
An artist has created a file-sharing network with a difference — it consists of USB sticks stuck into walls around New York.
Aram Bartholl says his “Dead Drops” project allows people to share whatever files they want and discover what other people have uploaded.
At present there are five USB flash drives — each containing a document explaining the project — that have been embedded into cracks in walls across the city, though more are planned.
The idea is that people simply walk up to them with their laptop and plug it in… meaning there’s now yet another way to pick up a dodgy virus on the streets of New York.
Bartholl said “Dead Drops” is an anonymous, offline, peer-to-peer file-sharing network in a public space.
“I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessible to anybody in public space.
“You are invited to go to these places to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favorite files and data.”
Do you have any regrettable or ODD experiences to share regarding a computer virus? Do you limit the type of files you open just to play it safe?
But speaking of flash drives, I rarely save anything to them. Don’t know why I choose to clutter my desktop instead with every file I open and save…
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