While not as crazygonuts as September, October was still a pretty fun month. A few of our sites were hit with hacking attempts and spambots, but that’s not too unusual.
Much of this past month was actually spent practicing for a play at our local theater. It’s a 2-person cast, so there was a good bit of memorization involved. The Pee Dee Post interviewed my co-star and I and posted it on YouTube (they also gave us a glowing review afterwards). Our final performance was on Nov 1, but I wanted to share the bio they printed in the program.
Jason Buckner makes a return to the RCT stage, after a thirty-year hiatus, in the role of Andrew Makepeace Ladd, III (no relation). A native of Rockingham, Jason was born at a young age and cannot spell ostrich without looking it up. He enjoys singing (no… really), canoeing, constructing wheelchair ramps with a local ministry, flirting with his wife, Merrielle, and homeschooling their two children. When people inquire why he recently moved back to Richmond County after living in majestic Colorado for several years, he typically replies, “I missed the oppressive humidity and mosquitoes.” Jason knows exactly where to find Waldo and Carmen: San Diego. You can tell Jason is kidding about something by watching his face: if his lips move, he’s probably joking.
While development on the next version is already underway, we went ahead and upgraded our website (and all of our clients’ websites) to the latest and greatest stable version of WordPress: version 4.0 (a nice summary of updates is available on the WordPress Codex).
Along with that update, we also upgraded tons of bells and whistles that keep all of those websites running smoothly. Then, we backed everything up to our off-site servers.
It was a pretty busy month for us here at Frutke, but a good one. We hope things have been going well for you too.
Every new computer I’ve ever purchased has arrived loaded with tons of junk software. I recently upgraded to a smartphone and noticed the same thing was true: tons of junk applications that I didn’t want or need.
Getting rid of them all was not easy. I went with CyanogenMod, an open source operating system for your phone. Actually, it’ll run on tons of devices – ranging from the Kindle Fire, the Nook, Droid devices, to Samsung (sorry, no iPhones yet).
The rabbit hole goes pretty deep, but may be worth a look if you’re ready to separate the wheat from the chaff.
If you happen to receive any letters, phone calls or emails from “Domain Registry of America” warning you that your domain name is about to expire, you may safely ignore them.
The best thing to do is toss the letter, report the telemarketing call to the FCC (at https://donotcall.gov/ ) or delete the email.
We see spam from that company often and the letters are particularly misleading. Unless you read it very carefully and examine the fine print, the letter makes it sound like you’ll loose your domain name if you don’t register with them.
For the record, Frutke does provide domain registration and renewal services for our clients, but is in no way associated with “Domain Registry of America”.
I loved the headline this article featured: Windows XP dies at 12 1/2 after long illness
A month and a half ago, Microsoft officially retired Windows XP. No further updates, security patches or fixes are being released, making those old computers wonderful targets for viruses and spyware.
If you’re stuck with an old computer and only need to access the internet, your email and the ability type a letter or two, consider switching to Lubuntu (http://lubuntu.net/). It’s a free operating system that can run on most computers that are currently running the Windows XP operating system. I’ve used it several times to breathe new life into old, slow laptops.
If it’s “gotta be XP” for you, please, please don’t use Internet Explorer. Those two are the worst case scenario combo. Download Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or even Safari.
No doubt, you’ve seen a bit of media buzz surrounding the Heartbleed bug. As usual, xkcd explains it extremely well.
It impacts nearly every website you use where you have a login (like Gmail, Facebook, your bank, Healthcare.gov, etc.).
If you’re not already using a password manager, please consider KeePass or LastPass.
We’ve been using KeePass for years, have 695 passwords securely saved and I only have to remember one password to access them all.
Their website puts it best: “KeePass… helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).”