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The Actuator – April 29th

Level 17

We are into our seventh week of containment here, and one thing I have noticed is how much slower the world has become. Routine tasks take longer as we put masks on, wipe everything down, and make efforts to stay away from everyone. And no more shuffling kids to 27 different activities, either. Slower pace is better for overall health and stress levels. Here’s hoping we keep things slow even after the pandemic is over.

As always, here's a bunch of links I hope you find useful. Enjoy!


Hackers Can Exfiltrate Data from Air-Gapped Computers Via Fan Vibrations
Another “look what I can do if I inject malware into your systems” post, but I do find the technique interesting.

Apple’s default Mail app for the iPhone has a severe security flaw, researchers claim
Raising awareness for this one and a reminder to patch your stuff early and often.

Hacking Microsoft Teams accounts with a GIF image
As I was saying. If you use Teams, make sure you have the latest update.

This is the end of the office as we know it
The concept behind many of today’s office workspaces is more than 60 years old. It’s time for a change, perhaps even forget the idea of working in an office at all.

Microsoft Word now flags double spaces as errors, ending the great space debate
It’s about time they came to their senses. Now we just need them to make tabs a default when coding.

John Krasinski's 'Some Good News' show inspires people to share uplifting stories
If you’re looking for something positive to watch during these times, this is a good place to start.

The best Hubble Space Telescope images of all time
The Hubble Space Telescope turns 30 this week; enjoy this gallery of images.


The weather finally cooperated enough for us to enjoy sitting outside by a fire this past weekend.


Level 14

Thanks for the links!  I've been saying for a long time that virtual office is the future, this pandemic has accelerated the timeline though.  

Level 16

Thanks for the links! We had some fire restrictions in my state, I think they may have been lifted now though. 

Level 12

"Here’s hoping we keep things slow even after the pandemic is over." That is what I hope for too!

Level 14

@sqlrockstar Great picture.... am a bit jealous...My fire pit is out and wood at the ready, but between the rain (sometimes snow) and very cool weather in southern coastal Mane... nothing yet.


Level 12

I love looking at Hubble photos because, in just about every picture I really look at, I find distant galaxies that may never be seen through atmospheric turbulence.

Regarding the fan vibrations, I would love to know how this is done because I didn't think that the power supply for the fans was controlled by any of the data channels on the motherboard.


The purpose of an air-gapped machine is prevent bad actors from accessing it.  In this case you have to allow it to be infected first and then have another infected device next to it.  Okay, it may work but if you get bit by this then you probably deserved it.


Uh hello... there's a reason we don't take phones into areas and they have to remain locked up.  No transmitters are permitted so this is kinda a ridiculous idea that won't work in the US at least.  Also many rooms are Tempest so it's essentially a Faraday cage the entire room.

The virus hasn't affected me at all.  I've been going to work every day.  I will say one thing... it's nice not having the cars on the freeway and parking is much better lately!  I've seen some 100 MPH+ people driving too lol!

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Nice article.


The weather finally cooperated enough for us to enjoy sitting outside by a fire this past weekend. :):)

Level 13

Thanks for the Articles. 

About the Author
Thomas LaRock is a Head Geek at SolarWinds and a Microsoft® Certified Master, SQL Server® MVP, VMware® vExpert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He has over 20 years experience in the IT industry in roles including programmer, developer, analyst, and database administrator.