Virus: Upatre

We are seeing the Upatre virus in the wild today.

This is a good time to remind everyone never to open attachments, even if you know the sender.

If you know the sender, and can confirm with the sender that they intentionally sent it to you, and it passes all the antivirus checks, then you have a much less chance of being infected with a virus.

If you discover that your machine is sending out viruses, please contact your IT staff immediately and follow their instructions.


Critical IE Update includes XP

This should be loaded when you must use IE.  But our advice continues to be use the latest Chrome or FireFox as your primary browser.

Heartbleed flaw is everywhere.

Heartbleed is a security hole big enough to get everyone’s attention yesterday.  We have updated all our hosted linux boxen that were affected, but there are still many vendors who do not yet have patches made available.   If you are one of our maintenance customers, then be assured we will be sure your equipment is updates during your normal visit this month (or sooner if possible).  If you are not, please contact us  and we will do our best to help you as fast as possible.

This is your brain…. This is your brain on?

OK, as someone who used to spend a lot of time selling toys online – and as a father of 2 girls (11 and 13), a child of the 80s, and the owner of a technology company — I found this quite compelling:

Should more girls be engineers?  Sure.  But, should they still wear pink?  Why not?

ABC Afterschool Special….  over.


A Tale of Two King Cakes-Mardi Gras In NY

This is the time of year that I become highly unfocused and slightly annoyed. As a transplant to Saratoga from New Orleans, I feel it is my inalienable right to enjoy myself during the Carnival season, but unfortunately, it’s a time of year that goes relatively uncelebrated here in upstate New York.
Despite what you might see on the Travel Channel, the whole season isn’t just fraternity brothers drinking on Bourbon Street. It’s actually one of the best all-inclusive community celebrations on earth. There’s parades, families costuming, eating great food, and joining together before Lent. You find yourself talking to folks you never met before while waiting for the parades to roll. Real fun, real community.
One of the greatest community memories revolve around king cakes, those round sugary coffee cakes loaded with purple, green and gold sugar. When I worked at a furniture manufacturer, hotelier, restaurant, and contractor uptown (a classic New Orleanian company) there was an elderly bookkeeper named Evie. She was from da’parish (Chalmette) and insisted there be king cake all carnival long. Not only was there to be king cake every day, but she would prefer

you purchase yours from Randazzos, also in Chalmette. Yeah, she was picky, but she was such a classic southern lady and hard to resist. I made the long drive to Chalmette to buy the right king cake when I “got the baby”, meaning it was my turn to buy. Once I bought one from Mackenzies, a since closed New Orleans bakery, and it was cheese filled. I never heard the end of it from dear old Evie. For seven years she reminded me not to buy those nasty things from Mackenzies.
Every year I hear tales told of some places in the upstate area making king cakes, and I wait and try to find one on Lundi Gras. One local bakery will make one if you pre-order, but I’ve yet to figure out when the pre-ordering is, and after 4 years, they still never make an extra or want to tell me when I might need to pre-order to get one. Their loss.
I’ve also heard tales told that some Price Choppers make them, and last night I almost missed it when I was “makin’ groceries”, but saw this on the way out.

A Little Anemic. Must be lack of sun in the North.

Yes, pretty anemic. Not the exciting brightly sugared cake I was looking for, but still. It said “cream cheese” on the package, so I figured it had cream cheese filling. Not Evie’s cup of gumbo, but good enough. This morning, I was so excited for that Fat Tuesday bite, I cut into it, and nothing. No filling, no cinnamon. Just a round hunk of bread with some frosting. Not how I wanted to bring my co-workers into this community tradition.
By 8:45, my hopes were dashed, and the parade photos started rolling in via Facebook. I am working on Mardi Gras and my king cake is a bust?
Enter Rick and Olga Gile. We had discussed the king cake tradition in the previous weeks, and they had mentioned seeing them at Bella Napoli. And there it was, a lovely, beautifully decorated king cake!

Fat Tuesday is Saved!

The frosting was a multi-colored drizzle, a little New York affectation, but the taste was right. The look was right. The dough was hand rolled. At last, Fat Tuesday in New York was happening, and the best part of the carnival season was alive and well in upstate New York!

WSG talks Internet Freedom on WNYT

Internet Freedom

Unless you live in a cave, you heard about yesterday’s “Internet Blackout Day.” Major sites like Google, Wikipedia, Craigslist,Wired and others blacked out portions of their sites in protest of two internet piracy bills, SOPA (Stop Internet Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). The stated goal of these bills is to protect US companies from foreign pirates, like Pirate Bay, who sell copyrighted video and audio.

Unfortunately, the ramifications of these bills could be catastrophic to internet freedom and invention.

Looking at these bills it’s clear that our lawmakers still don’t get the internet, and are working to protect the interests of an ailing entertainment industry. It also makes clear that the entertainment industry needs to re think it’s business model to account for the reality that people aren’t always going to pay for their products and find new ways to monetize, as many independent artists already do.

The protest showed how quickly information can run through the internet. It trickled down even to young kids, as some of their gaming sites also shut down in support. It also makes clear that the internet of today thrives because of sharing.

So, take my content, please. And let’s keep the flow of information free.

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