Welcome to April! We’ve hit the first quarter pole for the year. Time to check in with yourself on those 2019 goals you set back in January. There’s still time left in the year to get it done!

 

As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!

 

Drunk shoppers spend $48B per year while intoxicated, mostly on Amazon

I had a friend that once hit his head so hard he forgot ordering $800 worth of beer making supplies. So, yeah, blackout drunk shopping seems to be a thing, too.

 

Hackers Hijacked ASUS Software Updates to Install Backdoors on Thousands of Computers

It’s a practical attack vector. Instead of trying to hack thousands of computers, hack the method used to update those devices. I’m surprised ASUS did not have adequate threat detection in place.

 

Office Depot fined millions for tricking customers into believing their PCs were infected with malware

At least ASUS wasn’t deliberately trying to scam customers like Office Depot. This is why we can't have nice things.

 

European parliament votes to scrap daylight saving time from 2021

Just when you thought time zone debates couldn’t get any worse. Buckle up for a whole new round of “use UTC for everything” discussion threads.

 

Study shows programmers will take the easy way out and not implement proper password security

Honestly, they could have just stopped at “developers tend to take the easy way out.” Like DBAs, good developers will follow instructions and get the job done in the fastest way possible. For decades, this meant security comes last.

 

Analysis: Why Americans Shouldn’t Feel Grateful For $137 Insulin

Healthcare in this country is broken. Everyone knows this, and there seems to be no fix in sight.

 

How to Deliver Constructive Feedback in Difficult Situations

Longer read but worth your time. Think about the conversations you have in the office, and in meetings. Then, consider how to make changes in your communication techniques for the better.

 

Pork belly topped with an egg is my favorite breakfast: