Archive for March, 2020

This is a bad time for bad jokes

They say that humor can help you with bad stress. But this is not the time for bad jokes.

This picture was done as an attempt at humor in the moment..

But it is not really funny. Absurd?  Yes, but in bad taste.

The contra virus has brought wold-wide fear among most countries of the world. People have become near hysterical due to the constant attention from the media. Yes, I mean the virus.

Now about the artwork abive. It is nothing to do with the current problem. It is not about goats and it is not about milk. No is it about straws. Still, many feel that out food, our farm animals and even plastic straws are somehow related to the fear and anger many now experience.

So now we have to stay inside and put up with the reality.  But is that so hard to do? Is it a good idea to think of anything funny? Yes, that does help. But be careful about telling it to other people.

Why you need ZOOM, not Skype or Face time

Because new Zoom videoconferencing is far better than Skype or Facebook or most of the other videoconferencing applications out there.

This is about videoconferencing.

You’re probably already familiar with either face time or Skype and you probably are thinking about continued use of those time-tested programs. Think again.
Really, Zoom has been around for a while and is just getting better and better. First of all, you can get a free version you can use to test out the features and see if it’s worth your while. The your friends can sign in and hook into your account and share the video conference with a number of people at the same time.
What is nice about the paid version of Zoom is that only one person has to pay for the account. The moderator of the forum should be the one that pays the bill, which is about the same as what you would pay for Netflix or some other streaming service. The low price is very attractive for both business and personal users.
Like other videoconferencing services, you can either focus on the face of one individual or have thumbnails that show you the faces of several. Both all it wants. It will work on android and on your iPad as well as your desktop. Of course, you have to have an Internet connection or to work. Most smart phones now have some provision for a data plan so you can get Internet through your cell phone service. But for many people it’s more economical to have a non-Internet service provider that let you have a local Wi-Fi connection. Your local Wi-Fi connection to the Internet should be much cheaper than using your cell phone data for videoconferencing. Of course, you have to have an Internet plan which in some cases will be more expensive than your cell phone plan anyway.
Either way, zoom is a real good contender for your videoconferencing needs whether it be personal, business or for your club.

Check out this article on USA today.

Tou will like it.


Intel will not fix the flaw

There is yet another security flaw in chops made by Intel.

This bug can be used only if somebody has physical access to the computer.

So what can you do? Either lock up your computer or stop using it for anything. Really. This is not a joke.

At this point I would like to tell you a story to illustrate how serious this issue is. This is based on a true story that was related to me recently, but I’m not going to give the details about when and where and who.
A certain individual was bit by a spider and had to go to a hospital for treatment. Right about that time somebody stole her identity and she lost all the information that would prove who she was and things like that.
As you can imagine, this came at the worst time for this individual. No some people would think that bad things like that only happen to bad people. That is not so. Preferably good people that have very bad things happen to them at the worry worst time. Now the question is, how did somebody manage to steal her identity?

Here is my conjecture. Somebody either snuck into core house or her automobile and Stolte a personal computer. Perhaps it was a notebook computer or laptop. Either way, if it was a computer was an Intel chip it could have been compromised by a skilled hacker with an evil intent. So far there has been no publicized reports of any such things. But it could have happened and something like that probably will happen in the near future.
The number of notebooks and computers that have Intel chips is somewhere in the millions. The issue is not just one generation of chips made by Intel. It has to do with part of the chip called the firmware. This is the code that is started when powers turned on to the computer and it actually precedes the B IOS system. So there’s no way you could patch the B IOS or anything else. It is actually physically inside the chip itself and it becomes active as soon as power is applied. However, to take advantage of this flaw a hacker would have to actually be in front of the computer to introduce some type of malware that would exploit this flaw. Personally, I have no idea how it is done, but the researchers who reported this on Thursday have stated there is no such thing as a workaround that would prevent anybody from doing this if they had physical access to the computer. This means you have to have the computer in a locked room with bars on the windows. Most of us are not going to do that. I know I won’t, because I just don’t have any way of doing that. In fact, I have to leave a crack in one of my Windows so my Internet cable can go outside. You can imagine there are many people that are not able to physically lock up their computers or notebooks.
Can you see what I’m getting at? This means there’s a possibility of thousands or even millions of people having their private information taken from them and it would not be the fault of Google or Microsoft or any of those companies. The issue would lie entirely upon Intel, the maker of the CPU chips. It remains to be seen if Intel can and will do anything about it. My guess is they will do nothing and Intel will eventually lose their market share.
The above is based on information I have read recently and should be considered a personal post made by me on this personal website. I do not represent any organization.