January 30, 1982

On January 30, 1982, Richard Skrenta of Pittsburgh, PA wrote the first computer virus code. It was 400 lines long and infected Apple II machines. He named it “Elk Cloner”. That’s a shame. He could have named it Elk Boner and become a demigod to the Dark Web denizens. Also, if you ever get a computer virus, you can use Richard Skrenta’s name in vain. He started this crap.

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About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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