Wednesday, April 12, 2017

TONIGHT @RPI, African American Poet Gregory Pardlo

 
April 12 (Wednesday):  Gregory Pardlo, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
Reading and McKinney Writing Contest Award — 8:00 p.m., Biotech Auditorium,
Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Building, Rensselaer (RPI), Troy


Gregory Pardlo
received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Digest (2014), his second published collection. The Pulitzer committee described Pardlo’s work as “Clear-voiced poems that bring readers the news from 21st century America, rich with thought, ideas and histories public and private.” Poet Campbell McGrath said the poems in Digest “…delight the ear, encourage the heart, and nourish the brain.” Pardlo won the American Poetry Review Honickman First Book Prize for his collection Totem (2007). He is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf.

Sponsored by Rensselaer’s 76th Annual McKinney Writing Contest and Reading; Vollmer W. Fries Lecture; Department of Communication and Media; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Rensselaer Union; Friends of the Folsom Library; Poets & Writers; and the Writers Institute

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Friday, April 07, 2017

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SPAM frauds, fakes, and other MALWARE deliveries...

Studio Agata Grabowska Net appears on a List of Banned Hacker's IP Addresses for SSH Brute Force Password Attempts

 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bike Helmets Save Lives (And Brains!)

Many, many people, for many, many years, have ridden bicycles (and even motorcycles) without ever donning any sort of protective headgear, and never suffered a mishap. But all it takes is one hiccup. It coul dbe cyclist error. Maybe a sudden unseen unexpected pothole. Or an animal running out ahead of your bike. From bump on the noggin to a cut to severe concussion to fatal head injury. Here are a few helpful websites as we coast into Spring!




Friday, March 10, 2017

Your Web Hosting Provider Does Make A Difference!

Your Web Hosting Provider Does Make A Difference

Just like you would not trust just anyone to take care of your pet for the weekend while you are out of town, neither should you assign web hosting responsibilities to just anyone either. This is simply too important a part of your business plan today to give over to a company that does not have a proven track record. Website downtime, for example, can cost you a great deal of money and customers. You need a web hosting provider that maintains the security and integrity of your site at all times, while working to ensure that the site is operational 99.9 percent of the time. In other words, your web hosting provider does make a difference and this is why you should carefully consider your options before choosing one.

Assess Your Needs

With all of the various web hosting and design packages out there, you will want to conduct a careful assessment of your needs before deciding which is best for you. The first and primary concern should be reliability. Read online reviews and talk to others in a similar business as you in order to find out a few of the more reputable hosting companies out there today.

You also want to make sure that the package you choose offers you enough storage space. Do not feel as if you need to get the best and most powerful package right away, but do ensure that you have some room to grow as you are ready. You do not want to find that you need to change web hosting providers later on just because you run out of room.

A Good Web Host Will Grow Alongside You

If you are like most, your business is in a constant evolution. While you might not need every feature known to man today, some of those very online tools and resources can come in quite handy at a later date. This is why a good web host will offer a variety of packages that grow along side. You might not need Wordpress hosting at the moment, for example, but it would be nice to have the flexibility to add that in as you decide to get into more complex online activities.

As you grow, you will also want to choose a provider that offers more professional hosting services that you could never accomplish on your own. This will provide you with nearly unlimited disk space and the possibility of end email address. These features alone can give even the smallest business a big company look and feel on the Internet. As you need them, make sure they are available. Finally, you want to ensure that your web host offers industry leading SSL security. This is a must in today’s virtual world, and your customers will want an assurance that their data is safe for you.

Choose a web hosting provider wisely. This is a decision that will make a difference for your business, so consider the packages that are out there and get the one that provides the most bang for your buck.
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Monday, March 06, 2017

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN RELEASES NEW YORK’S TOP TEN FRAUDS OF 2016



Top Frauds Reported To A.G.’s Office Include Internet, Automobile, Retail And Other Consumer Services, Housing, And Utilities
A.G. Provides Tips To Avoid Scams, Urges New Yorkers To Report Fraud At ag.ny.gov Or 1-800-771-7755
NEW YORK- Marking the start of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today released the list of the top ten consumer fraud complaints received by his office in 2016. Attorney General Schneiderman also offered a variety of tips on how to avoid scams in the future.

“This serves as a reminder: fraudsters are always looking for ways to line their pockets at the expense of unsuspecting consumers,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “The best weapon against scams is an informed consumer – and the law. I encourage New Yorkers to report fraud, and my office will continue its long tradition of vigorously enforcing New York’s strong consumer protection laws.”

For the eleventh year in a row, Internet-related complaints topped the list with 4,605 complaints. Internet-related complaints were closely followed by

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Text Someone Who Has Blocked Your Number

You can do this! (As long as you know the intended recipient's mobile carrier). If you don't have a clue, go HERE then come back!

Send your text via SMS through the email gateway. Substitute the individuals 10-digit mobile number for the word ‘number’ carriers listed below:

AT&T: number@txt.att.net
T-Mobile: number@tmomail.net
Verizon: number@vtext.com
Sprint: number@messaging.sprintpcs.com or number@pm.sprint.com
Virgin Mobile: number@vmobl.com
Tracfone: number@mmst5.tracfone.com
Metro PCS: number@mymetropcs.com
Boost Mobile: number@myboostmobile.com
Cricket: number@sms.mycricket.com
Nextel: number@messaging.nextel.com
Alltel: number@message.alltel.com
Ptel: number@ptel.com
Suncom: number@tms.suncom.com
Qwest: number@qwestmp.com
U.S. Cellular: number@email.uscc.net.


Some carriers are in reality airtime re-sellers. They include:
  • Ting. Carrier: Sprint
  • Republic Wireless. Carrier: Sprint.
  • FreedomPop. Carrier: Sprint. 
  • Scratch Wireless. Carrier: Sprint.
  • MetroPCS. Carrier: T-Mobile.
  • Brightspot. Carrier: T-Mobile.
  • UltraMobile. Carrier: T-Mobile.
  • Net10. Carrier: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Quest For Internet Immortality.


"Is Your Digital Life Ready for Your Death?" A very important question, raised by a leading newspaper. 

Like those who prefer to write their own obituaries, with a little foresight and planning, you can begin writing and uploading future works for the masses. You just want to make certain that things you write will stay relevant over the passage of time.

According to The New York Times: "For the past two decades, most of us in the modern world have gradually shifted our central living space online. That’s 20-ish years of documenting our real-life experiences while also creating entirely new versions of ourselves in countless places online.

These digital lives are basically immortal, so you may as well figure out while you’re still alive what will happen to them after you’re gone.

There are two main things to consider: What will happen to your accounts and what will happen to the data contained therein."

What? TWO main things? NO! There is a third alternative - a choice to stay alive digitally, forever! (Or at least until the servers all crash and burn). 

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Monday, January 09, 2017

What Should I Look For In An Internet Marketing Company?


Once you decide that it's time for your company to invest in internet marketing services, your next course of action should be locating the ideal firm. Below you will find several attributes that you should look for when you start your search for the right digital company:

1. Comprehensive Services.

One of the first things you should look for in a digital advertising company is comprehensive services. Locating an online marketing firm that will provide you with all of the digital services you need will preclude you from having to go to multiple agencies when you need assistance. Some of the primary services you should be looking for in a digital advertising agency include:

• web design and development
• online reputation management
• search engine optimization
• mobile app development
• social media marketing
• content marketing

Also be sure to try to locate a company that offers email marketing campaign services. Companies like Solid Cactus make this service available to ensure that business owners can connect with their target audience in a dynamic, relationship-building manner.

Another form of service that you should look for in a digital marketing agency is public relations services. Many online advertising companies now offer PR assistance, so try to locate a firm that provides the following:

• Rebranding projects
• Crisis communications
• Blog work
• Influencer strategy
• Film production
• Event planning

2. A Great Reputation.


In addition to seeking out a digital marketing firm that offers comprehensive services, make sure you locate a team of experts who have a great reputation. This technique will empower you to obtain your digital advertising services from people who are known for operating in an ethical, upstanding manner. There are several steps you can take to determine whether a digital marketing organization has a great reputation. One is by checking the company's online reviews. If the company regularly receives great feedback from customers, this is typically a good sign that they will offer you excellent services.

3. Fair Pricing.

Another attribute you should look for in an online advertising firm is fair pricing. This step is important because it helps ensure that you don't have to break the bank to obtain the digital marketing services you deserve. Do some internet research to determine what the average prices are for the various digital marketing packages you might be interested in.

Don't Delay: Invest In Excellent Internet Marketing Services Today!

If you want your business to be as successful as possible, know that finding the right internet marketing firm is a great way to help you realize the goal. Some of the attributes that the best digital firms will have include comprehensive services, a great reputation, and fair pricing.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

#MusicMonday ::: Doors Love Elektra Blues Project

(Originally published December 12, 2011) Two bands that have stood the test of time: The Doors (headed by the very influential Jim Morrison) and Love (headed by Arthur Lee). Both light years ahead of their time - o r- is it that the groups were so unique that it made us believe they were far advanced? The Doors created music that just could not be performed by anyone else (save for Feliciano's "Light My Fire" and the 80s band "The Cult" which made eerie-Doorslike tunes). Then there was Love - NObody could emulate Love!


After losing the Lovin' Spoonful, who became fabulously successful, Elektra's Jac Holzman was on the lookout for a breakthrough pop band. Most of the groups based in New York City had been picked over by the record companies with lots of pop experience, so in 1965 Holzman went to L.A. --- On the Sunset strip he discovered the band Love, headed by Arthur Lee. In his autobiography, Holzman said of Love, "Five guys of all colors, black, white and psychedelic-that was a real first. My heart skipped a beat. I had found my band!" Elektra began a new catalogue numbering system with the first Love album [EKS-74001] and for the first time in Elektra history they put a single onto the charts with "My Little Red Book."
In 1967, Love followed their first album with "Forever Changes" [EKL-74013] which is absolutely incredible, a masterpiece of a record - vastly underrated - that ranks near the top as one of the best recordings ever made.



I was introduced to the album by my high school chum Mike Laiacona. (Pictured at left with guitar legend Les Paul)

In May, 1966, Jac flew to Los Angeles to meet with Love, who were playing at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go. Their opening act was a group which Arthur Lee had a high opinion of, and Lee suggested that Jac sign them to Elektra. Jac initially was unimpressed with the group but went back several times to see them perform. On his fourth visit, Jac realized that this was no run-of-the-mill rock band and decided to sign them. The group was the Doors.

Jac wanted Paul Rothchild to produce them, but when Rothchild flew to L.A. to hear them, he told Holzman he was nuts for signing the group and that he (Rothchild) did not want to produce them. Finally, Jac told him, "Paul, I never thought I'd say this to you, but you owe me. You've got to do this band. You are the only person for the job." Rothchild reluctantly agreed. The group was taken to Tutti Camarata's Disney studios to record their first album, which took about a week.

Elektra issued "Break on Through (To the Other Side)" as the first single from the album, and it received modest airplay stalling at number 106. They immediately issued the second single from the album, "Light My Fire". The version on the album is seven minutes long, and Jac insisted it be cut for AM play. The Doors said it couldn't be cut, but Rothchild edited the song to about three minutes and then played it for them. They all agreed to issue it. In June, 1967, "Light My Fire" reached the Number One position in the pop charts, becoming Elektra's first #1 single. The album was just as successful, and in the last 30 years the Doors have sold over 45 million records. [Source+]

Other artists in the Elektra stable included The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Tim Buckley, Judy Collins and The Incredible String Band.

The Blues Project was on Verve, another "folk label" - and around the same time Love and the Doors were on the radio, college stations were playing the BP cover of Donovan's "Catch The Wind" which was recorded during a live performance.

The Blues Project had a connection to Elektra: during 1964, the label released a compilation album of various artists entitled, The Blues Project. One of the featured artists on the LP was a young Danny Kalb, who was paid $75 for his two songs. Not long after the album's release, however, Kalb traded his acoustic guitar for an electric one. The Beatles' arrival in the United States earlier in the year signified the end of the folk music/Hootenanny movement that had taken North America by storm during the early 1960s.

Kalb's first rock and roll band was formed in the spring of 1965, playing under various names at first, until finally settling on the Blues Project moniker as an allusion to Kalb's first foray on record. By September 1965 the band was a top draw in Greenwich Village. Members at the time included Danny Kalb on guitar, Steve Katz also on guitar, Andy Kulberg on bass and flute, Roy Blumenfeld on drums and Tommy Flanders on vocals.

The band's first big break just weeks later when they failed a Columbia records audition. The audition introduced the band to session organist Al Kooper, who started out as a session guitarist, but that summer, he began playing organ when he played on the "Like a Rolling Stone" recording session for Bob Dylan's album, Highway 61 Revisited. Kooper-the-organist joined the Blues Project and began gigging with them, and within a very short time, the Blues Project was signed by Verve Records, and recorded their first album live at the Cafe Au Go Go in Greenwich Village over the course of a week in November 1965!

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