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[Editor's note: This column will make sense if you've seen Symantec's latest ad campaign. We've only seen it in print up to this point. Let us know if you find a good URL...]

The continuing saga of the men in yellow

Robert Vibert, Columnist
Wednesday, 6 February 2002

Did you notice the pigeons?

John:
Bill, what is this requisition for 3 parachutes all about???
Bill:
Oh yeah, that's for the new security folks.
John:
The new security folks?? What are you talking about??
Bill:
You know, last month we hired this group of guys in yellow suits to keep a watch over our computer assets.
John:
You mean the guys that were annoying the boss when he tired to use the executive washroom by insisting they accompany him if he had his PDA with him??
Bill:
Them's the folks!
John:
I still don't understand why they need parachutes!
Bill:
Well, you see, our offices are located on the 30th floor, and they require parachutes for the guards who stand on the window ledge once they go above 20 stories.
John:
Did you say "stand on the window ledge"??? Are you joking??
Bill:
Hey, look for yourself. See? Two guys, with yellow suits, dark glasses and a gruff pose.
John:
Right! Next thing you know, we'll have guys wandering around the cafeteria dressed in space suits....
Bill:
Nah, we use Sun for our servers....