Sites of the Week: November 10, 2013

“The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.”

Ronald Reagan

Factoid: “Over the past 10 years, 94 percent of large federal information technology projects were unsuccessful, according to a study by the research firm the Standish Group. More than half of them were either delayed or over budget, or fell short of user expectations. More than 41 percent failed completely.”

The New York Times

Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.

Angry Young Woman Uses Her ‘Telekinetic Powers’ in a NYC Cafe

This short, amusing clip comes to you via my friend, Ralph. It’s an elaborate prank at a West Village coffee house to promote the new Carrie remake. It’s entertaining to watch the customer reactions when an angry woman uses her “telekinetic powers”.

Ten Facts You Don’t Know About the JFK Assassination

This November 22 is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I recently read that over 40,000 books have been published about Kennedy and his assassination. Isn’t that remarkable? This site lists 10 little known assassination facts.


Until a recent attack at my company, I had not heard of CryptoLocker or the malware category known as ransomware even though it is not new. Have you heard of it? Ransomware is malware in which the attacker encrypts your data and demands payment for the decryption key. It can be installed from an email attachment, an infected program, or a Web site. Once infected, the victim receives a ransom note demanding payment via bitcoins for the key required to unlock all of their files. If the ransom is not paid in a specified time, the key is destroyed. Aside from regular backups, there is little you can do to protect yourself. If you become a ransomware victim and do not have a backup, your only options are to pay the ransom or rebuild your computer. At a minimum, you should be backing up your data regularly. With the size and price of USB Flash Drives today, there’s no excuse. Weekly backups of your data are quick and easy. The SanDisk Cruzer 32 GB USB Flash Drive is only $28 and the SanDisk Cruzer 64 GB USB Flash Drive is only $43.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


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