Once a year, Dan Savage’s Seattle-based mega-popular and massively syndicated sex advice column Savage Love is run by a stranger who won the privilige in a charity auction.

This year, the winner was Eric Rescorla, a San Francisco computer security specialist, who used his IT skills to issue some advice to a poor soul suffering from an online-porn-lovin’ papa who had no idea how to keep his propensities…um, private.

He says to get some virtualization software so that the dad can “do his porn surfing on the virtual machine, and can even set it to reset itself whenever the virtual computer is restarted, so there’s no need to worry about leaving tracks. It takes a little technical sophistication to get this working, since you need to install Windows on the virtual machine, but once it’s running, any idiot can use it.”

He recommends VMware (“because you can download a free version of VMware Server for home use”), or “if you’re running the business versions of XP or Vista, you can download Microsoft’s Virtual PC for free.”

We somehow don’t see VMWare and Microsoft sending out this case study.



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