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Thoughts From Abbott’s Inbox March 8th, 2024

Normally, I compile all of the information in this newsletter over the course of any given week.  For whatever reason, this week’s  was all done this morning.  As such, I really don’t have anything to add in this introductory paragraph, which by now, you expect to see… so scroll down to read about cross country skiing, romance scams, fishing vests, and more.  Enjoy!

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Airplane Mode

When getting on a flight, I wait as long as I possibly can to switch my phone to airplane mode.  And when we touch down, the first thing I do is to turn airplane mode off to see what emails and texts I missed during the flight (I don’t pay for wifi).  I’ve often wondered (but not thought too hard about it) if airplane mode really had any bearing on anything flight-related.  Turns out it’s just the airlines trying to keep some sense of decorum (haha) on flights.  

And for those of you who are sick of getting nickel and dimed for carry-ons, I have an old fishing vest that you’re welcome to borrow for your next trip. And no, the pocket on the back is not for storing fish!

Romance Scams

A retired US Army Lt. Colonel was arrested for sharing classified data on the Russia/Ukraine war with his online “girlfriend”.  Because everyone has a significant other who wants data about military deployments, right?  


This is perfect timing for my former co-worker Jay, who emailed me last week regarding the romance scams his 83 year old father-in-law continues to fall for. Rudy meets “women” on Facebook, claiming to be in the 20-30 year old age range, and likes to send them Apple gift cards to help them pay for health care, hotel rooms, and numerous other things for which you really can’t pay with Apple gift cards.  But Rudy regularly falls for these.  To prove the point, Jay followed up with me two days later regarding a $5K check that his father-in-law had just received from one of these “women”; of course, she wanted him to cash the check, keep a couple grand for himself, and send the rest to her.  Fortunately Jay and his wife intercepted it before Rudy could act.  Remember, don’t trust anybody!

Security Updates

A couple of security updates for you this week, with the first being from VMWare. They’ve been hacked a few times in the recent past so make sure to update and avoid the threat of ransomware.  Apple has updates for both their iOS and iPad platformsand CISA released a variety of tips and tactics for cloud security.

Real Estate

My son lives and works in NYC and let it be known this week that he’ll soon be finding a new apartment. At $3,495/month, this one with a shower in the kitchen seems like a great bargain!  How nice would it be to be able to clean up and make dinner at the same time? If you watch the video embedded in the article, you’ll see a few other great units, as well.  

NIST Security Guidelines

All of the security measures that we deploy across our own network and those of our clients are based on National Institute of Standards and Technology guidelines (specifically SP 800-171). It’s not something we have to do, but it’s the right thing to do. NIST came out this past week with updated guidance (again, this isn’t mandatory for anybody) on how to properly implement cybersecurity measures for business. 

As stated in the article, “Making this guidance actionable will need to be a self-propelled effort from businesses. Guidance is just guidance, until it becomes law. The top-performing organizations will take it upon themselves to move toward a more business-centric approach to cyber-risk.” 

Hot and Cold

Imagine skiing (cross country) 90 kilometers with 16,000 of your closest friends. That’s the Vasaloppet race in Sweden, which just took place for the 100th time.  The race is named after Sweden’s first King, Gustav Vasa and follows the route he took when being chased by Danish soliders in 1521. (If skiing doesn’t do it for you, check out the Vasa ship in Stockholm. We toured it a few years ago, and it was amazing to see a war ship that sunk in 1628 and was salvaged 350 years later).


So, now that you’ve skied your 90K race, you’re probably a little chilly.  Why not have a bowl of Campbell’s grilled cheese and tomato soup?  Saving the hassle of making the grilled cheese is almost as good as showering while you’re making the soup! I have a feeling Nancy will be hitting Heinens this weekend, looking for this new flavor.

Baseball Trivia

I don’t pay attention to BarStool, so I missed the episode this week where somebody spent 36 hours in studio, trying to name the top 10 homerun hitters in MLB history (steroids be damned).  I spent no more than five minutes on this and got seven of the 10, including the two that caused fits for the producer.  Of the three I missed, two should’ve been obvious and the third never would’ve come to mind.  Hint: I did immediately get the two former Indians on the list.  

Anybody have any big plans for the weekend?  We’re playing ‘matchmaker’ for a couple of friends tonight, and I’m hoping to have reason to head to Columbus for a hockey game on Sunday (sorry, Kurt).  Other than that, it’ll be pretty quiet.


Have a great weekend.



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