While I was in the city of Xi’an, I lost my digital camera. Whether I lost it or if it was stolen, I am not sure. I’m about 70% sure I lost it.
Anyhow, I ended up losing pictures from about half of my trip (Beijing, the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors). So what did I do? The only thing I could do; I bought another camera and continued to salvage the rest of the trip.
I went to a department store and bought an inexpensive camera that takes decent pictures, and they tossed in a 2-gig SD card. But here’s the problem. I took a bunch of pictures and finished up my trip. When I got home, I popped out the card and popped it into my (virus-protected) PC, and I discovered there was a virus on it that was scanned and cleaned.
So basically, I went to a store and bought a brand new SD card (from Kingston Technology… I’ve never heard of them) and it came pre-installed with a virus on it. Seriously, how low can you get? These types of things are supposed to be clean, but to be honest I wasn’t all that surprised. Ever since attending MAAWG last month I’ve been on a heightened sense of paranoia and I have found that has not been a bad thing.