Thursday, April 18, 2019

Do not login with “shared folder” access to DashVac.com

If you receive an email - even if it “appears” to be from someone you know that leads you to a shared folder access website called DashVac.com

DO NOT OPEN IT

For reference:

It doesn’t matter who it is. If you are using a web interface - you must have a 🔒 next to the https (not http) in the web address.

Publishing to make into Google searches because I was unable to find ANY info regarding this phishing website.



Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Tennessee Senate Passes Major Reform Of Anti-SLAPP

Tennessee Senate Unanimously Passes Actual Anti-SLAPP Bill

Anti-SLAPP laws (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) shield citizens from bogus lawsuits clearly intended to silence criticism. This lack of protection has resulted in a number of merit-less lawsuits being filed. One of the most ridiculous -- a former university program head suing his replacement for things a journalist said -- managed to make its way all the way up to the state's appeal court. In the end, the defendant was awarded $10,000 in legal fees, but none of that was guaranteed when the plaintiff started wasting everyone's time and money.
As the law stands now in Tennessee, only communications to public officials about public entities are shielded from defamation lawsuits. It doesn't cover things like negative reviews of businesses, criticism of any public figure, or -- like the case above -- things defendants never actually said.
The new law would actually function like an anti-SLAPP law should. It would halt discovery until a ruling on the anti-SLAPP motion and allow the prevailing party to recover fees.
Under this bill, if a legal action is filed in response to a party's exercise of the right of free speech, right to petition, or right of association, that party may petition the court to dismiss the legal action. All discovery in the legal action will be stayed upon the filing of a petition pursuant to this bill and the stay of discovery will remain in effect until the entry of an order ruling on the petition. The court may allow specified and limited discovery relevant to the petition upon a showing of good cause.
The petitioning party will have the burden of making a prima facie case that a legal action against the petitioning party is based on, relates to, or is in response to that party's exercise of the right to free speech, right to petition, or right of association. If the petitioning party meets this burden, the court will dismiss the legal action unless the responding party establishes a prima facie case for each essential element of the claim in the legal action.
The bill passed both the state House and Senate, with the Senate sending a message with a decisive 33-0 vote in favor of the bill. If this passes, Tennessee will join the small minority of states willing to protect their residents from frivolous lawsuits filed solely to shut them u

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Rustomers: Rus's IT Customer Tales

My name is Rus.

Here is one of many insane stories of IT nightmares I've dealt with over the years.

The first installment is written here:

You Better Do What The Boss Says

I'm titling today's tale:

The iMac You Never Heard Of:  
The bMac 


Today's tale follows my time served as an area Apple Computer Rep. I represented a rather large 150 mile radius from Charlotte NC to Greenville SC to Atlanta GA to Knoxville TN and everywhere in-between. 3-5 days a week, I would visit Sears, Circuit City, Best Buy, CompUSA or the like and arrange displays of iMacs, iBooks, Powerbooks, G4 Cubes - and stock their corresponding brochures. I would train employees at said retail stores about Apple products and give points of interest for sales. 

Right about the time the first slot loading iMacs came out, I was tasked to train employees at a Charlotte, North Carolina Circuit City. A little refresh on the format of these (former) stores. Circuit City retail stores were essentially high-pressure, commission-based car lots except instead of cars that people needed or wanted - it was electronics that people maybe wanted and possibly needed. For years, they had sold Apple products, on again, off again. With the return of Steve Jobs and the success of the iMac, Circuit City had decided to sell Apple computer products again, beginning with the third generation of iMacs - known as the slot loading iMac. They had begun to sell iMacs in the second generation at some stores but didn't have an official North American rollout until the third generation.

I drove to Charlotte early on a Friday morning from my hometown - roughly 120 miles away. I had two other stops in Charlotte to make and I had alotted two hours to this store to stock brochures, hang banners, and train employees for the new Blue Dalmation and Flower Power iMacs. Their special feature was either a slot loading DVD drive or a slot loading CDRW burner. I had spent the previous week learning all about the new models and prepared a few jokes for the eclectic introduction.

Joke 1:

 Why did the dalmatian go to the eye doctor?

 Because he was seeing spots.

Joke 2:
Why are A's like flowers?

Because bees come after them

With my ice breakers prepared, I took a deep breath, walked across the parking lot and into the store. This store had a foyer with showcased products on each side before you got to the main sales floor. A smile came across my face as I saw the left side - a Flower Power iMac!


Then, the screen started flickering and popping  ...
(Noises) ... pop ... pop ... pop ... crackle ... sizzle.
I could see little sparks through the semi-transparent shell of the iMac - looking like a dying Las Vegas strip sign.

I got up close and saw a beehive - an actual beehive - inside the iMac!

I rushed to the front desk and said, "Where's the manager?"

The sales floor rep said, "Can I help you?"

I stated in a panicky voice, "I need to speak to the manager as soon as possible, I'm the Apple Rep and I have an emergency."

The store manager came out, "Can I help you?"

In my still panicky voice, "I know this is hard to believe, but you have an active beehive in the iMac in the showcase at the front of the store."

The store manager, said, "Oh, I know, that just happened. It was cool because it its a Flower Power iMac. It's awesome."

Infuriated, I said, "DUDE! That's a fire hazard! If I were to report this, you could be fired!"

Store Manager: "Hang on, hang on Apple guy. Chill out. I'll get it taken care of immediately."

Calming myself down as I spoke, "Ok, I'll wait until you do."

Each night after a day of rep work I was supposed to go onto a website and type up a report. Boy, was this report buzzed with details.

Later that summer, I was privy to a private Apple partner meeting before MacWorld Expo. Steve Jobs came in to greet everyone and said a few words before the crowd.
(paraphrased from a significantly expletive laden rant)
Steve Jobs:
"At Sears, we've got power drills laying next to iMacs! And get this. Get this! We had a report of a beehive in an iMac! A live, active, swirling, buzzing beehive! This is what's wrong with Apple sales."
For the record, I had also reported power drills laying next to a junked and broken iMac at a SEARS in Knoxville, Tennessee on a bottom shelf, with "DO NOT INVENTORY!" - written on strip of masking tape across the screen.

Maybe this story helps you realize the significance and genesis of the Apple Store and why it was such a passion and promise of Steve Jobs.