Effective immediately (6/8/11), the subject blog has moved to its new site: http://www.ViewsfromSandhausen.com/ The blog will be but one element in a larger site that I self-host, and that will give you a significantly richer experience. Items of significance for you … Continue reading
Our main website, http://ViewsfromSandhausen.com will go live this Thursday, June 9, 2011.
The blog currently found at http://FlaAuthor.wordpress.com will be transferred as of that date. There will be a link pointing to the new site, for some period of time.
Please add the http://ViewsfromSandhausen.com to your address book and watch for our first post on that site will appear this Friday.
Meanwhile, our book is available for purchase at Amazon USA and Amazon
Germany, plus Barnes & Noble, and if I may say so, is doing well. I’ll
see you in the book and on the new site.
Posted in Book Reviews, Design, Education, Information, Marketing, Personal
Tagged Amazon Germany, Amazon Kindle, Amazon.com, AmazonGermany, Barnes & Noble, E-book, Facebook, Nook, postaweek2011, Twitter, United States
As a follow-up to several of my posts:
Here is the current US economic situation as of today… There is no joy in Mudville!
It’s Friday, June 3rd, the end of week 23 and the May jobs report is out. As others have said, it is a disaster! Briefly:
- The unemployment rate is now 9.1%, but the average work week has risen from 34.3 to 34.4 hours per week. Average hourly earnings grew 0.3% vs. expectations of 0.2%. This is more evidence that additional people are not being hired; existing workers are
- There were just 54,000 new jobs created in May, 2011. The forecast was 154,000 – three times reality. I need to get a set of those rose-colored glasses that they wear in Washington DC. (Along with one of those white fedoras that Mat Lauer sported in Rome this week!)
- Private sector jobs? No joy; just 83,000 jobs were created and again, way below expectations.
- Manufacturing employment went down 5,000 jobs. This is the very sector we need to pull us out of this longest-running recession in modern times!
You can read the full Bureau of Labor Statistic report, ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MAY 2011’ here.
You can read Joe Weisenthal’s excellent report, May Jobs Report Disaster – Unemployment reaches 9.1% in Business Insider.
From my side of the peninsula, a double dip recession is inevitable! Mind you that I am no economist but common sense tells me that with interest rates near zero (no chance of lowering them further) and the fact that almost half of the current mortgages in many areas of our country are ‘underwater’, and manufacturing jobs gone for good, how can you come up with any other conclusion?
If you have any money available for investment, buy gold or silver. I’d love to tell you to get back into the stock or bond markets, (futures are sliding hard on the news today), I just can’t in good conscience tell you to do anything else!
What a mess!
Posted in Economy, Education, Information
Tagged Business Insider, employment, Joe Weisenthal, postaweek2011, report, Rome, Twitter, unemployment, Washington DC
So, you have used a computer for a couple of years now
and you make sure that you have a solid firewall and the latest
anti-virus/anti-malware tools installed and active. You clean/defragment/compress your disks regularly, and you back up your system automatically, to be sure that you are not at risk. Enough said, right!
Pocket Wi-Fi Detector
WRONG. For your information, Hackers never sleep. Let me tell you what those midnight-oil burning Hackers have been up to, and refer you to a rather dry but worthwhile discussion that is definitely worth your time.
This is particularly true insofar as the threat, and damage, has not generally arrived yet. If you are forewarned, you just might recognize aberrant behavior in your digital ‘devices (including your car), and be able to correct the situation before it causes you damage, injury or a TON of money!
Did you know that:
- Text-message malware – While Smartphone viruses are still fairly rare, text-messaging attacks are becoming more common.
- “Hacking into smart grids – Smart grids might be vulnerable to attacks that would allow hackers to cut off electricity to homes and businesses and create other kinds of havoc.” It would also allow
them to actually change your electric meter – raising or lowering the amount of electricity used that is reported to the Electric Company – and YOUR BILL.
- Social network account spoofing. IS that new friend of a friend on your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Plaxo or other
Social Networking site ‘really’ safe?
- Cyberstalking – This has been widely reported on the TV Networks. Anything that causes a young person to take their own life MUST be eliminated!
- “Hackers controlling your car – The age of the connected car is dawning. Vehicles like the Ford Edge now provide 3G network access, a Wi-Fi router in the car, and the ability to tap into your home Wi-Fi network (only while parked).”
- “GPS jamming and spoofing: Threat or nuisance?
It is easy to jam GPS receivers with a low-cost jamming device like one sold by Brando. GPS spoofing could be used for serious crimes — transmitting information to a delivery truck that routes it into a dark alley where criminals are waiting, changing the timestamps on financial transactions, delaying emergency vehicles from finding
their routes. There have been no reported cases of GPS spoofing to commit a criminal act, but Johnston warns that government and business should work to deter the attacks.”
To read the entire article, published on Network World, please click HERE
Posted in Education, Information, Personal, Technology
Tagged Facebook, Ford Edge, Global Positioning System, GPS, LinkedIn, Network World, postaweek2011, Security, Television network, Twitter, Wi-Fi