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Thoughts From Abbott’s Inbox April 19th, 2024

There’s an old saying about “fool me once, shame on you… fool me twice, shame on me.”  I was out for tacos with a fellow technology sales guy/hockey dad earlier this week.  I ordered a burrito but they brought me three tacos.  It’s all the same, just wrapped up differently, so I didn’t argue.  Ate two of the tacos and within 30 minutes had some minor stomach cramps.  Initial thought was that I’d eaten too much,as the tacos were pretty good.  That was Monday.  Tuesday night, I rummaged around the fridge and found the third taco.  Nancy looked at me as she always does and said “Really?  Whatever happens when you eat that, it’ll serve you right.” 12 hours later (Wed. AM), she woke from a deep sleep, laughing hysterically and saying “how’s that taco treating you?”   If anybody is looking for new urban warfare tactics, a less expensive version of lab produced nerve agents, or a new diet plan, I know where to find them.  After sleeping most of Wednesday and having eaten very little since Tuesday night, I’m back at it. Mostly.

 

To that end, our hardware recycling efforts continue this afternoon and tomorrow morning.  If you have old technology hardware to get rid of stop by and see me at our office, and we’ll take it off your hands for you.    

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OJ's Bronco

This one is near and dear to my heart, as I had the white Ford Bronco (pictured above, back in high school) before OJ did.  While the sellers of the famous one are looking for $1.5M on the open market, I sold mine for $3K to a good friend who then drove it back and forth to Alaska on multiple occasions.  Pretty sure neither he nor I would get $1.5M for it, if it were still in existence.  

Data Breach Reporting

If the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has its way, small businesses will soon (end of 2025) be required to report “major” cyber incidents (within 72 hours) and ransomware payments (within 24 hours). The thought being that with more companies reporting this type of thing, more data will be available, leading to better security and defensive measures.  And for all of you who say “My business is too small to be a target” or “Nobody wants my data”, you couldn’t be further from the truth.

Voice AI

I think we’ve gotten to the point that, if somebody calls you and requests money, you should assume it’s fake and call them back at a number you know. Not one they’ve given you. This could be your bank, your kidnapped granddaughter, Amazon,  or the famous Nigerian prince.   

Odd Branding

McDonalds has come out with logo free billboards in The Netherlands… but they smell like McDonalds fries.  And Crocs (didn’t realize anybody still wore those) has paired up with Pringles potato chips for a limited edition shoe.  

Internet Cables

Nothing better to do this weekend?  Here’s a really long article about the ships that fix broken submarine communications cables.  And how important they are for everything we do on a daily basis. 

TikTok

Haven’t heard much TikTok and its ties to China, lately.  Although a new report claims that its efforts to separate itself from its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, are all a charade.  According to one former TikTok data scientist, he regularly sent spreadsheets containing data for hundreds of thousands of American citizens to China.  That data included names, email addresses, IP addresses, and geographic and demographic information of TikTok U.S. users… The goal was to sift through the information to mine for insights like the geographical regions where users watched the most videos of a particular genre and decide how the company should invest to encourage users to be more active. ”  Hmm… sounds like the same thing Google does with all of our information!

Cyber Warfare

Israel was the most targeted nation in terms of cyber attacks in 2023 and “hacktivism” (protestors who are hackers) continues to grow.  As this piece mentions, “Anything that happens in the future, whether it be a military operation or an outcome of an election that they don’t like or somebody says something that that they don’t like — they will be there and there will be a wave of DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks.” 

Robots

As I put this together every week, I click on links and leave browser tabs open for those items deemed worthy of sharing.  Sometimes they sit for a few weeks if I run out of room.  This morning, a piece appeared about a new (not creepy at all) Boston Dymanics robot.  And since I had another item from a few weeks back about a robot ‘dog’ that I’d not yet shared, I thought I’d put them together for you. Just wait until the robots decide they don’t need ‘us’ to control them.

Nancy's Nuggets

Too many tourists in your town?  Call Google and have them take you (or your bus route) off the map.  

 

And while Nancy didn’t send me this one, I know she’ll be interested as Notre Dame Cathedral was one of the high points of our trip to Paris, some years back.  

Well, it looks like we may have a semi-decent weekend.  Good enough for the first round of golf for the season, which means I probably won’t be able to stand up straight on Monday.  Playoff hockey starts this weekend, too, and the Indians hope to continue their strong start.  Lots of good stuff going on, and I hope you have something too.

 

 

Have a great weekend.

Abbey

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