Downtime: readers suggest their IT villains

In response to Downtime's request for potential villains for a new IT detective show, Computer Weekly has received a veritable smorgasbord of suggestions. Below are some of the top ones, but if you feel yours can make the grade, e-mail: cwdowntime@rbi.co.uk.

In response to Downtime's request for potential villains for a new IT detective show, Computer Weekly has received a veritable smorgasbord of suggestions. Below are some of the top ones, but if you feel yours can make the grade, e-mail: cwdowntime@rbi.co.uk.

John, a senior IT support specialist, suggested "The Amnesiac". This character is not villainous in himself, but his in-built ability to cause chaos on any IT-related system, simultaneously forgetting what or even if he has done anything at all, can keep your average IT gumshoe busy for hours on end.

Another of John's villains is "The Dabbler", who once inserted a CD-ROM into his own PC and now, of course, know all there is to know about any IT system ever created.

Steve, who works in IT procurement, suggested the mysterious organisation known as "The Board", whose morale-sapping abilities reach far and wide.

And Gerald, a datacentre manager, suggested "Backslash Colon", the samurai killer with a bowel complaint.

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