Tag: Friend

‘I Wouldn’t Wish This on Anyone’

 

So said a good friend of mine, speaking to me of the disease which was soon to take away the independence he so much valued.  He has Parkinson’s disease, and shortly after that he fell at home and it took him an hour to get to the phone and call his nearest friend to come get him up. It was a couple of months later that he surrendered and moved into an assisted living facility.  Now he is, most unwillingly, transitioning to a nursing home so he can obtain a higher level of attention and care. He has steadfastly refused to get the jab or wear a mask, so I don’t know how that’s going to fly. Even when I took him to the doctor’s office he was the one without a mask.

I first met him at church, where he was a faithful member. As time went on attendance became more and more difficult for him, and it’s been over a year since he was seen at church.  He’s a good guy and loves kids:  Retired about 20 years ago from his job as Principal of a local county High School. You can guess how many of them think to visit, but he tells good stories about many. Never heard him speak ill of a one, even the troublemakers.

How ’bout that Mirai Botnet

 

Do you remember that thing? It was the panic of the week last fall. Some jerks took large portions of the internet down for a couple hours. Everyone was in a tizzy for a bit. Well, the problem is still there. At least now nobody’s in a flail-your-arms panic over it, so maybe it’s worth discussing solutions.

Since there’s very little reason to remember the panic of the day even a week later, let me remind you how this works. A couple years back “Internet of Things” became the fashionable buzzword, so we all went out and bought WiFi enabled toasters. Now you can start toasting automatically when your alarm clock goes off. The fact that your toast will be ice cold by your seventh snooze is a small price to pay for living in The Future! But when you got your FutureToast, you didn’t bother to change the default password (it’s a hassle and if you did you’d forget the new one and what’s the worst that could happen anyway?) Mr. Nefarious Hacker sees that you’ve got a FutureToast, and he can log into it too. With your toaster and the 13,000 other ones that nobody’s changed the passwords on (and the 3300 GarageNoMores, and 4200 BlindsWithScience, and 132 HubCapConnects) he’s got access to a massive number internet connected devices. Mr. Nefarious Hacker can then use them to form punishing denial of service attacks, making the internet useless to the rest of us.

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I’ve finally finished Fallout 4. For certain values of “finished”. I tend to put off the main quest line in games like this because actually following through prevents you from exploring other sections of the game. So I did this and that, and finally pushed through the rest of the story. True to form it […]

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