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LandzDown Lounge / Memorial Day 2020
« on: May 24, 2020, 01:35:04 PM »
For mitch, the Phantom Phixer, who kept the F4s flying ... for Ghost, we remember, always.  “Hit my smoke”.

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind."

Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
“Letters from Pleiku”
1 January 1970
170th Assault Helicopter Company
Dak To, Vietnam
(Shot down 24 March 1970)


Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) is a day of remembrance for those who have died in the service of the United States. Freedom is not free.  All gave some, some gave all.  Honor and remember those who paid the ultimate price, and be grateful for their sacrifice.



In 2020 it seems especially fitting to remember Medal of Honor recipient Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins, who in 1966 was a sergeant first class serving with detachment A-102, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces in the Republic of Vietnam ... and who died 17 April 2020 at the age of 86 after a 23-day last battle against the complications caused by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Adkins was awarded the Medal of Honor for acts of valor during the North Vietnamese attack on Camp A Shau (9-12 March 1966).  He and 16 other Green Berets were holed up in a small undermanned and unfortified reconnaissance camp next to the Ho Chi Minh Trail, 50 km SW of Huế and 2 km E of the Laos border.  The citation in part reads:  “During the thirty-eight hour battle and forty-eight hours of escape and evasion, fighting with mortars, machine guns, recoilless rifles, small arms, and hand grenades, it was estimated that Sergeant First Class Adkins killed between 135 and 175 of the enemy while sustaining eighteen different wounds to his body.”

Adkins was credited with running through exploding mortar rounds to drag several wounded comrades to safety, and later exposing himself to sniper fire to carry wounded comrades to a more secure position.  Within the communications bunker, he single-handedly killed numerous insurgents ... ultimately, the camp was overwhelmed and the order was given to evacuate.  Adkins and a small group of soldiers destroyed all signal equipment and classified documents, dug their way out of the rear of the bunker, and fought their way out of the camp.  He and his group were unable to reach the last evacuation helicopter because of his efforts to carry a wounded soldier to the extraction point (leave no one behind).  Adkins rallied the remaining survivors and led the group into the jungle, evading the enemy for 48 hours until they were rescued by helicopter on 12 March.

With many of his A Shau comrades in attendance at the White House ceremony, Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins received the Medal of Honor from President Obama on 15 September 2014. During the presentation, President Obama commented “I have to be honest, in a battle and daring escape that lasted four days, Bennie performed so many acts of bravery we actually don’t have time to talk about all of them.”

The Special Forces team suffered 5 KIA and 12 WIA (100% casualties).  Adkins told a news conference at Fort Benning that he couldn’t accept the honor alone.  "The medal doesn’t really belong to me. I’m just a keeper of it for those other 16 in the battle, especially the five who didn’t make it."

Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins became the 16th member of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) to wear the Medal of Honor.

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Web News / Anyone using Avast or AVG versions of AntiTrack?
« on: March 10, 2020, 01:37:10 PM »
Ooops

"Avast's AntiTrack promised to protect your privacy. Instead, it opened you to miscreant-in-the-middle snooping"

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/03/10/avast_mitm_antitrack_bug/

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Mozilla sent Firefox Version 74.0 to the release channel.

Security vulnerabilities addressed:  https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2020-08/

Release notes:  https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/74.0/releasenotes/

Update:  To get the update now, select "Help" from the Firefox menu, then pick "About Firefox."  Mac users need to select "About Firefox" from the Firefox menu. If you do not use the English language version, Fully Localized Versions are available for download.

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The "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.  For mitch, the Phantom Phixer, who kept the F4s flying. For Ghost, we remember, always.

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind."

Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam

Mike was shot down a few months later, on 24 March 1970.  He was attempting to extract 8 members of MACV-SOG LRRP RT Pennsylvania, 14 miles inside Cambodia in Ratanokiri Province, after they declared a Prairie Fire.  "You take them in - you get them out!" was the creed the Bikinis aircrews lived by.  Red Three's last transmission before his Huey burst into flames was "I've got all eight, I'm coming out."

O'Donnell received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.  His "gentle heroes" poem was recited during the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in 1982, and rolled by in the closing credits of the 1987 movie "Hamburger Hill".

Listed as KIA 7 February 1978 (Presumptive Finding of Death).  Remains repatriated on 12 April 1995.  Identified on 20 June 2001.  Came home to Arlington National Cemetery in a group burial on 16 August 2001.  Panel 12W Line 040  (The original cross was changed to a diamond)



In grateful remembrance of Airman 1st Class William H. Pitsenbarger, a 21 year old pararescue medic (PJ) in the final months of his enlistment, killed on 11 April 1966 while defending some of his wounded comrades. Of the 180 men with whom he fought his last battle, only 14 were uninjured.  "Pits" participated in more than 300 rescue missions in Vietnam (PJs, all volunteers, earned more decorations per capita than any other group of USAF personnel).  He served with Detachment 6, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron at Bien Hoa.  Fittingly, the motto of the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service is "That Others May Live".


In grateful recognition of Captain Gary Michael Rose, who was finally awarded the Medal of Honor on 23 October 2017 for his service as a Special Forces medic in Operation Tailwind.  Another top secret, covert Hatchet Force mission in Laos ... it recovered a treasure trove of collateral intelligence, the extraction required strikes from 72 aircraft dropping a half-million pounds of bombs, rockets and napalm.  Rose is credited with treating 60-70 wounded personnel and saving many lives.


In grateful remembrance of Sgt First Class Paul Ray Smith, Bravo Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, United States Army.  Sapper 7 was in charge of 2nd Platoon on 4 April 2003, attempting to seize Objective Lions, the Baghdad International Airport. In an effort somewhat akin to Audie Murphy's legendary World War II heroism, he thwarted the advance of well-trained, well-equipped soldiers from the Special Republican Guard.  His actions saved the lives of at least 100 soldiers, caused the failure of a deliberate enemy attack hours after 1st Brigade seized the Baghdad Airport, and resulted in an estimated 20-50 enemy soldiers killed. He was posthumously awarded the first Medal of Honor for service in Iraq, his 11-year-old son David accepted it from President Bush.


RIP, 2nd Lt. Cyril Richard "Rick" Rescorla, Platoon Leader, B Co 2/7 Cav.  "Hard Corps One-Six" survived the Broken Arrow in the Ia Drang Valley, November 1965, only to face another hell in New York City on Sept 11th. In charge of Morgan Stanley security, he was advised by Port Authority police that there was no need to panic and evacuate when the first tower was hit.  "Bugger THAT!" he said, and he began the orderly evacuation of the 2,700 employees on the 22 floors of WTC 2 and another 1,000 in WTC 5 across the plaza.  He had most of them out to safety by the time the second plane hit.  He went back up the stairs of the flaming South Tower one last time to search for stragglers, and was last seen in the 10th floor stairwell, headed up, as the tower collapsed on him.  To date, no trace has been found of his body.  Rescorla is memorialized at the South Pool of the National 9/11 Memorial on Panel S-46.  A bronze statue based on that iconic photo of him at the Ia Drang is on permanent display on The Walk Of Honor at the National Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning, GA.

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Web News / Windows 10 Version 1909
« on: October 19, 2019, 07:13:23 PM »
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For Microsoft’s customers, it means that Windows 10 version 1909 will be delivered as a cumulative update, and not as a feature update. Cumulative updates are far more easily, (potentially) non-destructively, and more quickly installed than are feature updates. Much less can go wrong. And that’s a good thing.

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/220060/windows-10-version-1909-review

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Web News / Windows Defender Antivirus can now run in a sandbox
« on: October 27, 2018, 05:06:51 PM »
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With this new development, Windows Defender Antivirus becomes the first complete antivirus solution to have this capability and continues to lead the industry in raising the bar for security.

https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/10/26/windows-defender-antivirus-can-now-run-in-a-sandbox/

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Security Alerts & Briefings / Adobe Flash Player October 2018
« on: October 09, 2018, 05:24:07 PM »
Adobe Flash Player Version 31.0.0.122 has been released.

This update does not include any security fixes for Adobe Flash Player, it just address feature and performance bugs.  (This is a first?)

If downloading/installing manually, be sure to uncheck any unwanted add-ons!

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Security Alerts & Briefings / Microsoft Security Updates for October 2018
« on: October 09, 2018, 05:19:02 PM »
October 2018 Security Updates
Release Date: 09 October 2018

https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance/releasenotedetail/aa99ba28-e99f-e811-a978-000d3a33c573

The October 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
.NET Core
SQL Server Management Studio
Microsoft Exchange Server

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Web News / Mozilla is changing how Firefox handles privacy protection
« on: September 04, 2018, 11:43:48 AM »
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In order to help give users the private web browsing experience they expect and deserve, Firefox will strip cookies and block storage access from third-party tracking content.

https://blog.mozilla.org/futurereleases/2018/08/30/changing-our-approach-to-anti-tracking

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Mozilla says it will soon be modifying its Firefox browser to block all user tracking on websites by default.

“In the near future, Firefox will, by default, protect users by blocking tracking while also offering a clear set of controls to give our users more choice over what information they share with sites,” said Mozilla VP of product strategy Nick Nguyen.

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By the time Firefox 65 is released, Mozilla says that it hopes to have all cross-site tracking blocked by default....

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/08/30/mozilla_will_not_track/


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https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance/releasenotedetail/1c26eff2-573f-e811-a96f-000d3a33c573

Release Notes for July 2018 Security Updates

The July 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
    .NET Framework
    ASP.NET
    Microsoft Research JavaScript Cryptography Library
    Skype for Business and Microsoft Lync
    Visual Studio
    Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter V2 Software
    PowerShell Editor Services
    PowerShell Extension for Visual Studio Code
    Web Customizations for Active Directory Federation Services

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LandzDown Lounge / Memorial Day 2018
« on: May 28, 2018, 12:17:27 AM »
For mitch, the Phantom Phixer, who kept the F4s flying.

Freedom is not free.  All gave some, but some gave all.  Honor and remember those who paid the ultimate price, and be grateful for their sacrifice.


"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind."

Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
170th Assault Helicopter Company
Dak To, Vietnam



Mike was shot down a few months later on 24 March 1970 while attempting to extract 8 members of LRRP RT Pennsylvania.  The 3 American Special Forces and 5 Montagnard tribesmen were 14 miles inside Cambodia in Ratanokiri Province, chased by a NVA Counter-Recon Hunter team with dogs, and had declared a Prairie Fire emergency. 

The Bikinis aircrews supporting MACV-SOG operations had a creed they lived by ... "You take them in - you get them out!"

RED THREE'S last transmission before his Huey burst into flames above the hot LZ was "I've got all eight, I'm coming out."

Listed as KIA on 7 February 1978 (Presumptive Finding of Death).  Remains repatriated on 12 April 1995.  Identified on 20 June 2001.  Came home to Arlington National Cemetery in a group burial on 16 August 2001.

Panel 12W Line 40
(The cross was changed to a diamond)

O'Donnell received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

His "gentle heroes" poem was recited during the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in 1982, and rolled by in the closing credits of the 1987 movie "Hamburger Hill".

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Security Alerts & Briefings / Microsoft Security Bulletin - February 2018
« on: February 13, 2018, 04:39:44 PM »
Released: 13 February 2018


Critical Security Updates
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ChakraCore
Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer 9
Internet Explorer 11
Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core
installation)
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core
installation)
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems Service Pack 1
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 (Server Core
installation)
Windows 8.1 for 32-bit systems
Windows 8.1 for x64-based systems
Windows RT 8.1
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 (Server Core installation)
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2 (Server Core installation)
Windows 10 for 32-bit Systems
Windows 10 for x64-based Systems
Windows 10 Version 1511 for 32-bit Systems
Windows 10 Version 1511 for x64-based Systems
Windows 10 Version 1607 for 32-bit Systems
Windows 10 Version 1607 for x64-based Systems
Windows 10 Version 1703 for 32-bit Systems
Windows 10 Version 1703 for x64-based Systems
Windows 10 Version 1709 for 32-bit Systems
Windows 10 Version 1709 for x64-based Systems
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2016 (Server Core installation)
Windows Server, version 1709 (Server Core Installation)
Microsoft Outlook 2007 Service Pack 3
Microsoft Outlook 2010 Service Pack 2 (32-bit editions)
Microsoft Outlook 2010 Service Pack 2 (64-bit editions)
Microsoft Outlook 2013 RT Service Pack 1
Microsoft Outlook 2013 Service Pack 1 (32-bit editions)
Microsoft Outlook 2013 Service Pack 1 (64-bit editions)
Microsoft Outlook 2016 (32-bit edition)
Microsoft Outlook 2016 (64-bit edition)
Microsoft Office 2016 Click-to-Run (C2R) for 32-bit editions
Microsoft Office 2016 Click-to-Run (C2R) for 64-bit editions

Important Security Updates
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Microsoft Office Word Viewer
Microsoft Project Server 2013 Service Pack 1
Microsoft SharePoint Enterprise Server 2016

Moderate Security Updates
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Internet Explorer 10

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Adobe is planning to release security updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader for Windows and Macintosh on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb18-02.html

https://blogs.adobe.com/psirt/?p=1527

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