Close Encounters – Bear Edition

It came in through the kitchen window.

A black bear, similar to the one that burgled a Pownal home. Illustrative photo by Ryan Poplin via Flickr

POWNAL — A quest for a midnight snack led to a close encounter with wildlife for one Roizin Road resident Monday.

If you’re visiting and encounter a bear please complete a Vermont Fish & Wildlife report.

Report all bear conflicts to Vermont Fish & Wildlife using the following link:  https://anrweb.vt.gov/FWD/FW/WildlifeBearReport.aspx

Apple Joins Microsoft and Adobe with Patches

It’s another Patch Tuesday week with Apple joining Microsoft and Adobe in issuing security updates.

Pain Reduction Tip: Keep a current image handy as it’s much easier and more certain to restore your system if you encounter a bad patch than attempting to back it out/uninstall it.  And be especially mindful with Windows 10 and Office 365 automatic updates.

Apple Releases Multiple Security Updates

  • iTunes 12.8 for Windows
  • iCloud for Windows 7.6
  • Safari 11.1.2
  • macOS High Sierra 10.13.6, Security Update 2018-004 Sierra, Security Update 2018-004 El Capitan
  • watchOS 4.3.2
  • tvOS 11.4.1
  • iOS 11.4.1

Adobe Releases Security Updates
Adobe Acrobat and Reader, Adobe Connect, and Adobe Experience Manager.  And of course, as always, the not to be gone soon enough Adobe Flash Player.

See Krebs on Security for a full overview and recurring admonition to ditch Flash. 

 

 

Memory Lane – Laptops

I just remembered that once, log ago and far away (mid-1980s), I had an NEC PC-8201 (Radio Shack marketed it as the Tandy 100), quite possibly the first “laptop” computer.

It ran 16 hours on 4 AA batteries!   It’s probably stashed away in one of the overwhelming number of boxes yet to be unpacked from my last move (2005) along with any number of technological artifacts.

Quick Facts:

Announced:     March 1983
Price:   US $599 w/ 8K RAM
Weight:            3.8 lbs.
CPU:    80C85, 2.4MHz
RAM:   8K, 32K max.
Ports:   RS-232, parallel port, bar code reader, 300 baud modem
Display:           40 X 8 character LCD display
Power: 4 ‘AA’ batteries or external 9vdc power supply
Storage:           audio cassette in/out
OS:      Microsoft BASIC v1.1 in ROM

I even stumbled across an active project site devoted to it.

I’d take it with me on walks, stop and sit with my back against an old tree and type away, expressing whatever was on my mind at that very moment.  Not being one to discard things unnecessarily, I probably have those old (ancient?) missives archived on some floppy, firmy, tape, or CD/DVD somewhere.  <grin>  Hard to convince myself that even if I did find and resuscitate them, it would be significantly illuminating.  But then again…………………..

Garlic Fest 2018

Join garlic-lovers from throughout New England as they come to sample food and crafts from hundreds of different vendors, all made from -you guessed it – garlic and herbs!

Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations.

For aspiring gardeners, garlic growers, garlic-lovers or those simply looking for a fun way to spend a Vermont end-of-summer day, the event promises something for everyone.

For the kids there will be face painting, inflatable fun jumps and other great children’s activities. Take time to wander around the spacious lawns sampling garlic delicacies and enjoy the festivities. Relax at the Beer and Wine Garden under the tent listening to live music both days.

Saturday & Sunday
September 1st and 2nd 2018
10AM to 5PM
66 Colgate Heights, Bennington, VT 05201

TICKET INFO:
Ticket prices are as follows:
$6.00 adult on line purchase (+ service fee)
$8.00 adult at gate
$2.00 child 12 and under on-line purchase (+ service fee)
$2.00 child 12 and under at gate
$10.00 adult two day pass on line purchase (+ service fee)
$12.00 adult two day pass at gate
Parking is FREE | Service Dogs Only

 

Fur Babies

 

Is there no limit to what can be spent on our pets?  I offer Neuticles, prosthetic testicles for neutered pets, for your consideration.  Over 500,000 (is that each or pairs?) since 1995.

And don’t get me started on cloning!

Barbra Streisand revealed in an interview that two of her three Coton de Tulears had been cloned from her beloved late dog Samantha, who died last year at the age of 14.

 

 

Something Else to Celebrate

 

Following the Vermont Legislature’s historic passage of a bill legalizing recreational cannabis use for adults, and Gov. Phil Scott signing the bill into law, Heady Vermont will host a celebration for members and the general public on July 1 – the day legalization goes into effect. Our celebration will take place at Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson. Willow Crossing Farm is an experimental and educational organic family farm, and the birthplace of the Prospect Rock Permaculture Project.

 

 

Memory Lane

At Vault Of VHS, Vaulto humbly puts together these portraits of the lowly VHS tape. Many hours of collecting, scanning, and photoshopperey have gone into this effort of preservation. No two tapes are the same here. you may find some that look familiar, or seem like a tape that has come before, but look closely if you dare. Something is different, be it a sticker, or a manufacturing date

 

 

Point to Point Festival 2018

The Point to Point, powered by VSECU, is a cycling and running event that was created in 2002 to raise funds and awareness for the Vermont Foodbank’s mission to end the growing problem of hunger in Vermont. Help a neighbor in need and have fun doing it!

Every dollar that is raised through the Point to Point goes directly to the Vermont Foodbank.

17th Annual Point to Point – August 11, 2018.
Online registration closes August 8, 2018 at noon.

In addition to participating in the Point to Point, riders, runners, and family members are invited to join the fun at the P2P Festival. Event day will be packed with activities for all ages, including food trucks, live music, Family Fun Zone, and ample opportunities to meander the Ascutney Trails system.

Rides: 25, 50, and 100-mile road distances and 10 and 20-mile trail distances.

Be a pioneer by being one of the first to participate in the NEW Point to Point half marathon trail run.

Event Schedule

The Original Energy Drink?

(Unofficial) Mayor Of East Dover Says Friends — And Jugs of Maple Syrup — Keep Him Going At 86

Sonny Brown, 86, of East Dover, Vermont.

In the winters, the schedule shifts to early mornings plowing anywhere from 77-100 driveways.

“I plow snow and a lot of it!” said Brown.

“I have a little jug of [maple] syrup in each one of the trucks and I take a sip every time in the night when I get tired. I take a sip and keep right on going.”

Cautionary Tale

Barnard Theater Group Tackles Sinclair Lewis’ Cautionary Tale Of Totalitarianism

Actors perform Sinclair Lewis’ “It Can’t Happen Here.” In this scene, Vermont newspaper editor Doremus Jessup (Peter Mendes) confronts the president of the United States, Buzz Windrip (Daniel L. Patterson) through an editorial he reads aloud.

Remaining shows:

This weekend: June 22, & 23**  7pm

Sat 23rd show is at risk of being canceled due to bad weather.  Decision will be made on Friday.  Saturday ticket holders may attend any other show or obtain a refund.

Final Weekend: June 29 & 30  7pm,  July 1  4pm

Tickets: $20 Adults, $15 Students

Buy Tickets

**Shows will be canceled due to rain, but tickets from canceled show will be good at any other performance, at the June 24 rain date if it is activated, or a refund will be available.

Provided chairs will be placed for audience seating in the stage area, but picnicking on the farm is encourage before the show.  Fable Farm will have drinks for sale at Fri & Sat shows.

It Can’t Happen Here

A cautionary dark satire about the fragility of democracy and how fascism can take hold even in the land of liberty.

It Can’t Happen Here follows the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States after fomenting fear and promising drastic economic and social reforms while promoting a return to patriotism and “traditional” values. Witnessing the new president’s tyranny from the sidelines is a liberal, middle-class newspaper editor from Vermont who trusts the system will fix itself—until he ends up in a prison camp. Sinclair Lewis’ eerily prescient 1935 novel gets a fresh update in this adaptation that examines what brings a citizenry to the point of sacrificing its own freedom and how a courageous few can prevail to overcome the fall.

Staying Power

In 1918, the Allies declared victory in World War 1, Babe Ruth pitched 29 1/3 scoreless innings for the Red Sox in the World Series, Woodrow Wilson was president, color movies were invented, and Effie Ballou opened the Wayside on the Barre-Montpelier Road.

Originally just a roadside eatery, the Wayside Restaurant has withstood the test of time and is ready to celebrate its 100th Anniversary this year.  In an industry where 70 percent of all restaurants fail after 10 years, the Wayside has defied the odds.

 

 

(not so) Boring Company News

The Boring Company has been selected by the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT), on behalf of the City of Chicago, to design, build, finance, operate and maintain an O’Hare Express service. The Chicago Express Loop will provide fast and convenient transportation between O’Hare Airport (Terminals 1-3) and Block 37 in downtown Chicago.

Loop is a high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported on autonomous electric skates traveling at 125-150 miles per hour. Electric skates will carry between 8 and 16 passengers, or a single passenger vehicle.

 

June Patch Tuesday

Here we are again, another Patch Tuesday week.

June 2018 Security Updates

Release Date: June 12, 2018

The June security release consists of security updates for the following software:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Office and Microsoft Office Services and Web Apps
  • ChakraCore
  • Adobe Flash Player

And if you missed it, there were also recent patches to iOS, Acrobat, and Firefox.  Manually check, just to be certain that you have them.

 

Don’t Mess with a Librarian

Randolph librarian wins surprise judgement against Equifax

RANDOLPH — In a small claims court ruling that surprised even the victor, a self-described member of the “librarian resistance” has won a $600 judgment against Equifax, the credit ratings agency that collects financial data on nearly a billion consumers and businesses worldwide.

And KrebsOnSecurity took notice as well.

What’s not clear is the context of the photo they used.