Monday, October 31, 2011

#UnitedWay #Novembeard #Fundraiser

Want to stay warm this fall and raise awareness for The United Way?
Then join “Novembeard”!
Show your support by letting that facial hair grow for the 30 days of November and by pledging any amount you desire.
Can’t grow a beard? Then “Adopt a Beard” and sponsor a beard grower to support The United Way!


Official Rules:
You have to clean shave October 31st
You can trim your neckline during the month but none on the face!
Quitters will be beaten upon the head and shoulders and will be disqualified!
Anyone can participate! Invite your Social Network friends to participate!
Entry Donations are optional, but greatly appreciated.
Before you shave your Novembeard, take a photo and submit it to for your chance at a $20 Visa gift card!
Winning beards will be determined by the most money raised during voting week (first week of December), so stop by the friendship lunchroom
and vote for your favorite beard and favorite adopted beard!



While limited in the ways we can support The United Way, we can still find fun and creative ways to help them and our community.


If you want to participate (grow a beard) or adopt a beard, please notify me via email by Monday, October 31st.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

I love my wife @monicaburkhart

... for little things like this :)


She organized my armoire last night, unbenounced to me. Which is awesome, for my OCD :p

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Port Columbus Traffic Control Tower Evacuated #Columbus #Ohio

for the full story, click here ->

Quoted from

By: Jason Mays

Personnel in Port Columbus’ Traffic Control tower were evacuated Monday night after smoke was reported in the structure.

Officials say around 7 p.m. Monday the traffic control tower at Port Columbus was temporarily evacuated after a report of smoke coming from the vents.

The evacuation was for precautionary reasons only.

All personnel were accounted for.

No injuries were reported.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Video: Unlock Any iPad 2 With Just A Smart Cover And 5 Seconds


Apple, you got some ‘splainin’ to do! But no, seriously, this is big. Mark Gurman, from 9to5mac, just posted a video showing how incredibly easy it is to unlock an iPad using just a Smart Cover (or magnets, really). Worse yet, it’s stupid easy to perform. Any Smart Cover could unlock any iPad 2 and jump into the last used screen. Not that I have anything to hide on my iPad. The only reason I use a passcode is to prevent my four-year old from messing up my Jelly Defense game.

This iPad security flaw joins the one concerning Siri found just the other day. In that case the voice tools allow users to send emails and place calls all while the phone is technically locked. Hopefully both flaws make their way to Apple HQ and it will be addressed immediately.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

The state of hacked accounts (a great info write up) by @helpnetsecurity with @commtouch

The state of hacked accounts

Original story Posted on 06 October 2011.- - with


Most users get hacked at high rates even when they do not think they are engaging in risky behavior, with 62% unaware of how their accounts had been compromised, according to Commtouch.

The increased preference for compromised accounts is illustrated by the graph below which compares the percentage of spam received over sample periods in Q2 and Q3 2011, where the “from” field includes “Gmail” or “Hotmail.”

The results of a survey presenting statistics on the theft, abuse and eventual recovery of Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and Facebook accounts, shows that:

  • Less than one-third of users noticed their accounts had been compromised, with over 50% relying on friends to point out their stolen accounts.
  • 15% of users thought their credentials were stolen after they used a public Internet terminal or WiFi network.
  • One in eight hijacked accounts were used for a phony distress email scam that asks friends to wire funds to a foreign country, and over half of the accounts were used to send spam.

“Commtouch’s poll reveals that more than two-thirds of all compromised accounts are used to send spam and scams,” said Amir Lev, Commtouch's CTO. “This is not surprising, as cybercriminals can improve their email delivery rates by sending from trusted domains such as Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail, and enhance their open and click-through rates by sending from familiar senders.”

Each of the large Webmail providers (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and Facebook) attracted in the range of 15 to 27% of the attention from cybercriminals. This demonstrates that the value of a compromised account is in the “clean” IP address, rather than the specific domain of the address. From this point of view, all accounts have a similar value since it is from a well-known domain. Among those who responded “other” were users of AOL, Comcast and several other providers.

he majority of survey respondents – 62% – were not sure how their account was compromised, indicating that many people typically engage in risky online behavior without realizing it.

It is not always easy to figure out how an account gets compromised and retracing steps doesn’t always help. None of the respondents believed they had been phished or had been victims of a drive-by download (by following a phony link). It is quite likely that many of the victims simply used easy-to-guess passwords. 15% recalled having used a public Internet terminal or public WiFi prior to the hack.

Legitimate user Webmail and Facebook accounts are a valuable prize for spammers and scammers. The use of these for spam and scams is expected to increase and users should therefore take basic precautions when they access these in public domains as well as observing sound password management.

The complete report is available in PDF format here.


The-state-of-hacked-accounts.pdf Download this file

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Tao of Steve

There I was, watching the Phillies-Cardinals game with Mike Montero at a pub near my apartment, feigning interest, all the time checking the Twitter feed, when I saw an alert from WSJ: Steve Jobs is dead. I will remember that very minute – bottom of the fifth, Game four. Suddenly, everything went out of focus. I could hear the blood pounding my head; tears welled up in my eyes.It is perhaps the only time that I didn’t care for the news; I didn’t want to write that story. Why doesn’t the world realize that my Elvis is dead! I don’t care about news. I don’t care about a world that is a lot less exciting than it was when Steve was around. I don’t care what our readers might want to know. Can’t you see that my soul is being put through a meat grinder.Every generation has its heroes. I was too provincial to love the Beatles and cry over John Lennon. I was too Indian to care much about Elvis. And I read about President Kennedy in books. But for me, Steve Jobs was all of those people. I don’t know why, how and where that happened but Jobs was my icon.For many of us who live and die for technology and the change it represents, he was an example of what was possible, no matter how the chips were stacked against you. Jobs put life and soul into inanimate objects. Everyone saw steel, silicon and software; he saw an opportunity to paint his Mona Lisa. People saw a phone; Steve saw a transporter of love. People saw a tablet; he saw smiles and wide-eyed amazement. They made computers; he made time machines that brought us all together through a camera, screen and a connection.Mac, iPod and iPhone — they are like Silicon Valley’s Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker and E.T. — magical, memorable and life-changing. And perhaps that is why I didn’t want to meet him, interview him or even talk to him. I had the opportunity on numerous occasions when I was attending Apple’s events, but I decided not to. To me, just the idea of Steve was powerful enough.The idea of Steve led me to follow my heart, make tough choices, be brutally honest with myself (and sometimes annoying to people I love) and always remember that in the end, it is all about making your customers happy. There are simple ways to get along with everyone. There are easier ways to get things done. There are compromises. But to me Steve Jobs meant try harder, damn it, your customers (readers) expect better than that. Steve taught me to care about the little things, because in the end, little things matter.Steve was my secret muse. Trust me –- he is a secret muse to many of us in the valley. Mark Zuckerberg. Jeff Bezos. Dave Morin. Jack Dorsey. We are all part of the tribe called Jobs. There is a whole generation of entrepreneurs who ask themselves this one question –- what will Steve do. Natch . What would have Steve done!P.S. I wrote about Steve’s resignation as CEO of Apple earlier. It sums up a lot of my feelings – then and today . Related research and analysis from GigaOM Pro: Subscriber content. Sign up for a free trial . Forecast: Tablet App Sales To Hit $8B by 2015 Disruptapalooza 2011: how Amazon’s Kindle is changing the portable media game What Amazon’s new Kindle line means for Apple, Netflix and online media

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You changed my life Steve Jobs

Monday, October 3, 2011

Rejoice, @Yuengling_Beer released for sale in Ohio!

Could I be more happy as a beer lover?


I have waited since I was of legal drinking age to have Yuengling for sale in Ohio... to save on gas, more than anything! No more drives, Friday, after work, for a short weekend in Pittsburgh or Huntington West Virginia. As of 10 am today, October 3rd 2001 I can now buy Yuengling in Columbus Ohio. To put it mildly, I am over the moon excited to initiate change for all the Bud Light (or as my friends and I call it "yellow pissy beer") drinkers in this fine state. Time to bring old, trusted flavor and body back to inexpensive beer. I will do my damnedest to convert all who drink the yellow pissy beer, one flavorful sip at a time. A good old... "give this a try" and a "go ahead and finish it, I'll grab another" and so on and so forth we crusade for the love of beer in America. That's how I see it...


Yuengling = America's beer.


Tony Burkhart


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Guy On A Buffalo - Episode 1 (Bears, Indians & Such)