Thursday, January 29, 2015

Shared Connected Devices

Like it or not, more of our stuff is being assigned IP addresses. Someday soon you'll be able to email your oven to switch on and text your front door to open precisely at 5:00. You'll hop in your car, type "home" on the touchscreen, and it will take you there.

Or will it? what if a hacker injects a virus that causes your car to accelerate through an intersection where the light has turned red? Or sends an SMS to unlock your front door at 3am? Or communicates with your oven, turning the heat up to maximum, burning the dinner that's slow-cooking inside and starting a fire that spreads through and destroys your home? If you think the risks are big NOW, just wait a few years!

Okay, okay, I've had MY say. What's YOUR take? Comments are open below on Facebook, G+ and blogger/blogspot!

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How Google Works – Google Semantic Search Review

(by Ann Liu) My review about this fantastic read, Google Semantic Search: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Techniques That Get Your Company More Traffic, Increase Brand Impact, and Amplify Your Online Presence (Que Biz-Tech) that was written by +David Amerland is finally done. Let’s keep the story short, here is what I think about his book...

Redaers, the eBook version of this book is available for Android Tablets and phones, Nook format (from Barnes & Noble) and Kindle from Amazon. If you buy from Amazon but do not have a Kindle, Amazon handily supplies a cloud player where you can read any eBooks you purchase.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Nominate a local young woman to be a part of this Albany tradition and educational mission

Albany, New York – The City of Albany seeks nominations for the 2015 Tulip Queen & Court. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, April 1.

Part of an Albany tradition that stretches back nearly a century, the Tulip Queen and her four Tulip Court members are chosen by a committee of local leaders through an extensive interview process. After the Queen is crowned at the annual Tulip Festival, the five young women will spend a full year working together on Albany community outreach programs and educational initiatives.
Nominees must have a strong sense of community, be knowledgeable of the Albany area and its history, and possess leadership skills. Eligible nominees are women between the ages of 18 and 23 residing in Albany County for their entire year of reign (May 2015 - May 2016). 

The Tulip Queen and Court are Albany's vibrant ambassadors attending community functions, promoting education and coordinating programs for the Mayor's Literacy campaign throughout their year of reign.  Please review our selection process.


  • Albany County Resident
  • Ages 18 - 23
  • Leadership Skills
  • Community Outreach Goals
The Tulip Queen will be awarded a $5000 scholarship, and each Court member will receive a $1500 scholarship award upon completion of the program.

To nominate yourself or an extraordinary young woman in your life...

Monday, January 26, 2015

28 Day Challenge

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You may or may not have made resolutions for 2015. Whether you did or not, I urge you to create a strategy for a better life. Think about the most important dimensions of your life, the many goals you have, and the realistic actions you can take. Make it personal, family, social, financial and spiritual.

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For my Francophile friends and bi-lingual readers in Canada, France, Switzerland, Algeria, etc. Le Blog Bleu presents a 30-day challenge (that you can begin Friday, January 30th) : synchronize it with your "28 days of change!"  (English speakers, fear not, there's an Anglo graphic at the top of the post!)

Looking for the diet plan? Look here!

Alert: There is a Child-Predator Living Near You!

Fake email warnings about a child predator being in the neighborhood are the latest methods scammers are using to steal personal information, warns the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York.  These “community safety” alerts are designed to look official and come right to your inbox.  Details courtesy the Buffalo-based Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A life sealed within an envelope..waiting for the be written upon it...

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In this post, my first "What's on YOUR coffee table" for the year 2015, I examine the fragile state of human existence on Earth. Have we just been plain dumb lucky so far? 

"Night" is a work by Elie Wiesel about his experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944–1945, at the height of the Holocaust toward the end of the Second World War. In just over 100 pages of sparse and fragmented narrative, Wiesel writes about the death of God and his own increasing disgust with humanity, in a place where everything is inverted, every value destroyed." It's a chilling read.

During his daily radio program, Dr. Michael Savage @ASavageNation often quotes philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist George Santayana: "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Winston Churchill used the phrase as well, which some claim dates back to 1700. Nonetheless, was it fate that brought the two books together on my coffee table? If planet Earth ever were invaded by an alien horde, would humanity experience "Night" on a much grander scale?

Australia's giant Parkes radio telescope detected a "fast radio burst," or FRB, last May. Researchers call FRBs, whose origins haven't been explained, "tantalizing mysteries of the radio sky." The first of such cosmic outbursts was detected in 2007.

While we may be interested to know here these radio signals originated, we may not want to alert the broadcasters to our presence here. I'm not wearing a tinfoil cap. And while I'm not expecting any 'visitors' anytime within my lifetime... "But of that day and hour no one knows."

Becky Ferreira @beckyferreira writes on motherboard "...the riddle of these radio eruptions is far from solved."  Theories abound.

In 2006, legendary genius Stephen Hawking spoke of the need to find a new home for man. According to him, our only chance of long term survival is to live on other planets. He is also a firm believer of the existence of biological life in many parts of the universe, but he warns against contact with extraterrestrial life. Most likely, aliens will represent a great danger to humans. They can conquer and plunder Earth, "If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans," he said.

But we may already have given away our existence on the big blue marble. First you have all the radio and television waves that have been floating out from earth through space since transmissions began, and that's a little more than a hundred years ago. Aliens could just be starting to pick them up, if not now, then any day now.

There's all the stuff we've been launching into space. And our biggest goof by far could be the Voyager spacecraft. There's more about summoning potential invaders here.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Guest Bloggers Wanted

Hey there Blogger! Expand your reach by becoming a guest blogger, over at the BloGGing Warehouse!

  • Get Backlinks and profile in exchange for content!

  • Attract a new audience to you site!

Friday, January 16, 2015

#swissfranc VS #Bitcoin

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2015 is going to be a very interesting year for the global economy (and your wallet). 

Falling gasoline prices are suddenly giving working-class folk new financial powers.  I recommend that instead of spending your hard-earned dollars on casinos, movies and Starbucks,  buy GOLD (you can start small - less than $100 will get you a nice gold coin online) and put cash you may have otherwise gambled away intoa #Bitcoin wallet! 
Brokers around the world are crumbling in the wake of the Swiss National Bank ’s shock decision to remove the cap on its currency.
A major U.S. currency broker warned its equity was wiped out, a U.K. retail broker entered insolvency and a global foreign-exchange trading house failed when they suffered big losses sparked by the Swiss central bank’s move, which stunned markets Thursday and is now forcing brokers from New Zealand and London to close their doors and face large losses.
On Friday, regulators in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand sought information from brokers about what happened. In Japan, the Finance Ministry was checking on trading firms after industry sources said the country’s army of mom and pop foreign-exchange traders suffered big losses. [More...]
Swiss-Franc Move Crushes Currency Brokers
In-Depth-Wall Street Journal-MUST READ

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

#CharlieHebdo "Survivor's Edition"

 The cover, as revealed Monday, features a caricature of the Islamic prophet Muhammad holding a sign that bears the global rallying cry: “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie,” with a secondary meaning of “I follow Charlie”). The caption above his head reads, “Tout est pardonné” — “All is forgiven.”

VIDEO reports The new issue sells out as 54 arrested for defending terrorism.
USA Today reports that on eBay's French site, copies were offered for sale at 12:46 p.m. local time were being bid on, for the price of $560.

View early morning images of people waiting to buy a copy. (The Guardian)

Copies of #CharlieHebdo were in Paris, London and New York. (The Guardian) | People in the U.S. didn't have a great chance of getting a copy. (New York Post) | Anais Bordages asked Parisians why they bought copies. Said one man: "I bought Charlie before the attacks." (BuzzFeed) | Related: Margaret Sullivan thinks The New York Times should publish the cover. (The New York Times) [Poynter]

Interview (in French) with Libération’s Isabelle Hanne :::
Luz à propos de la une de «Charlie Hebdo» : «C'était mon dernier jus»

OPINION: Toronto Star should have published Charlie Hebdo front cover: DiManno

You will not find the surprisingly restrained yet powerful cover of the new Charlie Hebdo edition republished in the Toronto Star. I cannot tell you how dismaying that is to me, because I love and respect the Star fiercely. Of course, I am not responsible for the safety of the hundreds of people who work at One…

Saturday, January 10, 2015

#CharlieHebdo ::: Arab Publications' Response

Cartoonists around the world have drawn responses to the brutal murders of the Charlie Hebdo staff. Two are presented below...

#CharlieHebdo "White Widow" Hayat Boumeddiene

France’s most-wanted person is a 26-year-old woman named Hayat Boumediene.

PARIS: A woman hunted by French police as a suspect in the attacks on a satirical paper and Jewish supermarket in Paris left France several days before the killings and is believed to be in Syria or Turkey!

Virus That Terminates Any Apple Laptop

For all digital time, people thought that Apple laptops aka Mactops aka McIntosh computers were resistant to viruses, trojans and malware. Well! Times have changed! Thunderstrike, is virtually undetectable malicious code that can be hidden in ROM which, unlike a normal virus that resides on the hard disk, cannot be removed. This is known as a bootkit attack. That code can be made to do anything an attacker wishes, from covertly observing the user to leaking sensitive data held on the machine. Researchers have found that modifying the contents of the ROM in Apple laptops results in the computer being rendered completely unusable. Details after the jump.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Afflict The Comfortable

Charlie Hebdo attack wasn't about journalism, it was about satire: Salutin

I’m uneasy calling the massacre in Paris an attack on journalism. Journalism is a vast flabby entity, practised by many. The slaughter at Charlie Hebdo was aimed at satire, birthed along with journalism in the enlightenment era (Swift in England, Moliere and Voltaire in France, many others). More precisely, it was aimed at political cartooning, which…

Sunday, January 04, 2015

How to Build Your Personal Brand In 2015

Today, if you want to have a successful brand or business, you need to be present and consistently engaged wherever your audience invests their time and attention. But branding isn’t just for corporations. It applies to both the individual and the small business to build connections online. Using tools like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn will develop a constructive way for people to interpret your branding.

Like it or not, whether you know it or not, thanks to social media and the internet, you already have a 'personal brand.' The term, once relegated to companies, today applies to one and all. How to cope?

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Even if you are nowhere near famous, a successful "personal branding campaign" will produce results. Others on the net will begin to recognize you: they'll contact you – instead of you needing initiate a dialogue! A great case in point is model Paloma Elsesser, who, with a little love from a few key players, got noticed! Her most recent prominent appearance: New York Magazine.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

#518 #RIP Chord-A-Roy boy Jimmy Rocco

The girls adored him, screaming loudly as he drummed and sang the Chord-A-Roys (the local "One Direction" in their day) through many a high school dance!

Sad to hear Jimmy Rocco has passed.
Here's the Obit...

Somewhere in my pile of unlabeled cassettes I have an interview with Jimmy way back in the early 2ks when I hosted "Capital Region People" on WYJB B95.5

Check out the Chord-A-Roys, Saepians, Earl Manion + the Count 5 and Mike Olesko/Billy Cioffi's bands?

After the jump: Chord-A-Roy pictures from the 1967 Haunted Happening at VI!

Friday, January 02, 2015

#MusicMonday on a Friday

I put this up because some schmuck decided to block my original post from view in "your country." Well! Take that, because I found a BETTER version in STEREO!

The Mascots were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1963, heavily inspired by British pop and Merseybeat . The group broke through the fall of 1964 with the song Baby, Baby. Other hits were among the other A Sad Boy, Stones Fell, Call Me Your Love and Words Enough to Tell You, which I heard for the first time in 1967 on a flexidisc the girl down the street received in the mail from her pen-pal in Denmark.

The Mascots were offered a recording contract in England, on one condition: that they should change the band's name to The Swedish Design, which they refused. The Mascots final attempt to break through internationally was with the single Moreen / Baby You're So Wrong, released in 1968 on ABC Records in New York. The group made ​​their last gig in August 1969.

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#MarioCuomo RIP

Alan Chartock interviewed former New York Governor Mario Cuomo more than any other journalist during the Democrat's three terms and after. Their weekly radio chats became a nationally syndicated program and gave listeners insight into the governor's thinking on policy and everyday issues.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Andrew Cuomo Inauguration Speech Transcript


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul today delivered inaugural addresses at a ceremony in One World Trade Center in New York City. With a renewed focus on the State's most pressing issues and a signal of progress to come, the Governor's address highlighted core pillars of his administration's agenda:
    · Create economic opportunity for all;
    · Create the best education system in the world; and
    · Restore confidence and trust in the justice system both in perception and in reality.

PHOTOS of today's ceremony can be found here. 

A rush transcript of the Governor's remarks can be found below:

Thank you very much. First, to Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy, who said it all. Bob and I have had a heck of a four years together. A lot of late nights; a lot of stress. A lot of bad days; a lot of good days. And going through the situation that we went through, you really learn a lot about the other person. And a finer public servant – a finer man I have never worked with in my life than Bob Duffy. He epitomizes everything the Administration is about. He is hard work. He is integrity. He is performance. And he is in the business for all the right reasons. We're really going to miss him. We love him. Let's give him a big round of applause, Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy. 
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