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The Actuator - June 8th

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Summer is here! Well, for those of us in the Northern hemisphere at least. The unofficial start of summer for many of us here is the last weekend in May. For me, the official start to summer is when I first place my feet into the ocean surf after the last weekend in May. And since that happened this past weekend, I declare summer open for business.

Anyway, here is this week's list of things I find amusing from around the Internet...

How every #GameOfThrones episode has been discussed on Twitter

Because apparently this is a show worth watching, I guess, but I haven't started yet. It's about a throne or something?

Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest password was 'dadada'

Makes sense, since Zuckerberg doesn't care much about our privacy and security, that he probably didn't care too much about his own.

It's Time To Rethink The Password. Yes, Again

Yes, it's worth reminding all of you about data security again, because it seems that the message isn't getting through, yet.

Edward Snowden: Three years on

Since I'm already on the security topic, here's the obligatory mention of Snowden.

NFL Players' Medical Information Stolen

And a nice reminder that this is the league that cannot figure out how to accurately measure the air pressure in footballs, so don't be surprised they don't know how to encrypt laptops.

Where people go to and from work

Wonderful visualization of where people commute to and from work around the USA.

Solar FREAKIN' Roadways!

In case you haven't seen this yet, and since Summer is here, a nice reminder of how we could be using technology to raise our quality of life.

Here's to the start of Summer, a sunset at Watch Hill last weekend:



Another good list of articles to read. interesting topic.  For those who use a "fingerprint" for ID on their phone or pc always have an opportunity if there is any physical trauma

to the representative digit.  A cut across your "finger print" will nullify that way of secure access.  I don't know of many that allow for multiple finger prints in case of

injuries of sorts.  Thus you always end up going back to a password...the heck with a pin...4 digits are inadequate at best. 

I have been the flag-waver here for a 21st century password policy, but I am fighting too many "Best Practices", whitepapers, and SAP standards (Trust me, nobody wins taking on SAP!). So I am starting a grass-roots efforts to introduce a new password philosophy.


I'd suggest DNA, but even then it can be changed due to mutations brought on by the environment.

Thanks again!


I've got my iPhone configured with both thumbs.  Partly because if one doesn't work I can try the other. But also, it doesn't matter which hand I happen to pick up the phone with.  My son was able to successfully add one of his toes to my phone also.  Makes it interesting watching him try to log in.

I ride both motorcycles and bicycles.  One concept I have never understood is gloves the do not cover the fingers, called fingerless gloves.

That is a great name for them since if you meet the road or trail at speed, your fingers are the first to pay for your crash. 

Friends do not let friends use fingerless gloves or public wifi.


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We've tried to introduce "fingerprint readers" into our desktop environment with mixed results....(Vendor intentionally left blank!)

They work with some applciations and not others.... there is also a drag on system performance....

We've suspended the effort for now... but am looking at a "fresh start" early next year...

(HR didn't like my proximity chip surgery idea for all employees.... don't get it!!! )


It wouldn't be that much different than a microchip for your pets...smaller than a green pea.

A little local (lidocaine), 1/4" incision, insert device, superglue to close.  Procedure time less than waiting for the local to take effect.

At least it's not inserted in the nasal cavity....


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Still laughing.... love it!

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Excellent collection, especially the Game of Thrones visualization. Well done, sqlrockstar​!

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Another great selection of reads.

Level 11

Thanks for the links!

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My Google Nexus 6P has the best fingerprint reader I've ever used and I've trained it for four different fingers.  It's so fast to work and instantly unlock my phone!


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Thanks for the links again. I really like the Game of Thrones animation.


I have a set of fingerless gloves. They came in handy when I was in the freezing cold in South Australia for the 2000 Olympic torch relay. I was able to type and most of my hands were warm. Except of course my finger tips, they still froze.


I wish it was summer here, we are heading into winter. Although winter here is like summer in the UK

Thanks for the links.

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.