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Thoughts From Abbott’s Inbox October 8th, 2021

Thoughts From My Inbox

October 8th, 2021

Oreos, Bitcoin, and Fried Chicken

I took today off to get things done; haircut (turns out the barber is on vacation), passport photos (mine expires in April), driver’s license renewal (mine expired in August… oops), physical therapist for a herniated disk (ever try a TheraGun?  Wow!) and grocery store (cooking dinner for friends tonight- Mayan pork on the grill for the entree).  But I had to share all the interesting things that made their way to my inbox this week.  Photo below is of today’s office mates (Sherman, top, and Brooks).



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Security Misperceptions

As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we have resources from around the world providing information for us to share. Sophos came up with a list of their Top 10 Security Misperceptions. Some of these are more technical than others, but #1 is the key;  you are a target, and you are at risk, no matter how small your business is.


Pokemon Oreos

I never understood the infatuation with Pokemon (especially that game a few years back that had people using their phones to find pokemon in random places), and I definitely don’t understand Pokemon Oreos selling for big bucks.  This is right up there with NFTs.



Real Estate

It seems as though my readers have come to expect a weekly real estate listing, and the Park Ave (NYC) option this week wasn’t really to my tastes (plus, the Oriental rugs are strangely worn and the bed in one room is in a very odd position).  So I dug around on ZillowGoneWild on Instagram and found this castle.  Much more to my liking (but I’ve always been a fan of the Armor Court at the Cleveland Museum of Art).





Bitcoin Mining

According to the article, “A single Bitcoin transaction, including the resources needed to mine the coin and to verify the transaction, can total upwards of 1,700 kilowatt hours (kWh).”  And they’re worried about cows creating too much methane.  Anyway, a bitcoin mining company just went so far as to purchase their own power plant so that they can keep up with demand.



Hacker Takedowns

Ever wondered what it looks like when a hacker gets taken down?  The Ukranian cyberpolice have you covered.  No subtitles, but you’ll get the picture thanks to the chainsaws, guns, and cash.  And no, they don’t live in their mothers’ basements any more.

Fast Food Help

Raising Cane’s is having trouble finding workers, as are many in the food service industry.  So, they’re sending their corporate staff to work in their restaurants.  Can’t imagine anything bad happening because of this, but what’s a few minor grease fires?  Reminds me of my old friend who once worked in inside sales at a steel mill.  When the laborers went on strike, he and his white collar colleagues were told to go make steel.


Cell Phone Hackers

“I’ll know more about you than your doctor”, or so says a telco industry leader in response to news that a company which routes text messages for all the big carriers (Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.) was hacked.  It seems that breach was discovered in May of this year, but the hackers had been in the network for FIVE years! Depending on what companies were affected, the number of users affected could be in the billions.

Travel and Tourism

I had to backtrack to figure out why this YouTube link was in my inbox.  Turns out I’d seen it on social media after a friend posted it, and I sent it to myself so I could watch at a later date.  I finally got around to watching the video about the northernmost town in the world (somewhere in Norway).  While I’ve not been to Svalbard, I can definitely vouch for Bergen, Norway, if you ever have a chance.

Been hit by ransomware?  Here are some things you should consider (apologies to the insurance brokers on this distribution list).  Trying to avoid getting hit by ransomware?  Give Ashton a call.



Ashton started implementing the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) five or six years back, but it wasn’t until we started working with Kimberly Dyer of CultureShoc that we really started to see gains.  This past Tuesday was our leadership team’s quarterly Level 10 meeting with Kimberly at which we set our goals and create our plan for the next quarter.  Oddly enough, I had an email this morning from a local organization offering a webinar on the benefits of EOS and Traction, moderated by another local EOS expert.  Sadly, the email wasn’t well put together and I couldn’t share anything here.  So, I figured I’d share a CultureShoc video with you.  If you’re looking to focus your company’s vision and bring accountability to your team, you should give Kimberly a call.  We’ve seen huge results from this, and would be happy to talk to you if you’re interested in learning more.



Don’t forget to save October 19th for the next Ashton Happy Hour.  We’ll be at Forest City Shuffleboard from 5-7p (probably later) for games, drinks, and snacks.  

Hope to see you there!

That’s it from the home office.  Hoping that the weather clears up for the weekend, but I’m not so sure it will.  Planning to play some golf tomorrow, followed by couch time for the Buckeyes and Browns. Hope you have a great weekend and find lots to keep you busy.


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