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Meet & Greet! / Happy Birthday Corrine!
« on: August 04, 2021, 09:26:55 PM »
… Garlic Tuscan bread purchase just now reminded me …

Happy Birthday (tomorrow) to my dear friend, I hope you have a terrific and special day.

My best always, B

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Security Alerts & Briefings / Microsoft June 2021 Security Updates
« on: June 08, 2021, 05:06:44 PM »
Today's release of the Patch Tuesday updates includes 50 security fixes to resolve critical and important issues including 7 zero-day vulnerabilities (6 actively exploited).  Five of the vulnerabilities are considered critical and 45 are deemed important: https://msrc.microsoft.com/update-guide/releaseNote/2021-Jun

Summary here: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-june-2021-patch-tuesday-fixes-6-exploited-zero-days-50-flaws/

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LandzDown Lounge / Memorial Day 2021
« on: May 31, 2021, 10:27:45 AM »
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.

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
Panel 12W Line 040


In memory of Pfc Milton L Olive III, the first African American to be awarded the Medal of Honor in Vietnam ...

“I would be the first cat in line if there was a film about a real hero, you know, one of our blood. Somebody like Milton Olive.”
“That man jumped on that grenade and saved his Bloods’ lives.”
Da 5 Bloods (2020)

Olive was only 18 years old when he joined the United States Army, serving in Company B, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade.

On 22 October 1965, Olive and four other soldiers were moving through the Phu Cuong jungle pursuing a group of Viet Cong when a grenade landed in their midst.  Olive ran forward, yelled "I’ve got it!", tucked the grenade into his waist, moved away from the others, and fell on the grenade, absorbing the full blast. He sacrificed his life to save four soldiers he hardly knew.

For his bravery, selflessness and ultimate sacrifice, Olive was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on 21 April 1966.  President Johnson presented the medal to his father and stepmother in a Rose Garden ceremony attended by two of the saved men, one black, one white.


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Security Alerts & Briefings / Alleged leak of Windows XP code
« on: September 25, 2020, 09:42:27 PM »
https://www.theregister.com/2020/09/25/windowsxp_source_code_leak/

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The source code for Windows XP and other elderly Microsoft operating systems appears to have leaked online

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The alleged leak aside, the incident is a reminder for those still running the elderly operating system that the time to migrate to pastures new is well overdue.

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Web News / In case you want something else to worry about ...
« on: August 19, 2020, 10:34:57 PM »
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Data from almost 235 million social-media profiles was left exposed on the open internet by a company that had "scraped" the information from Instagram, TikTok and YouTube.

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/data-social-data-leak

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Security Alerts & Briefings / Microsoft August 2020 Security Updates
« on: August 11, 2020, 04:40:44 PM »
https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance/releasenotedetail/2020-Aug

The August 2020 security release consists of security updates for the following software:

Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Edge (EdgeHTML-based)
Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based)
Microsoft ChakraCore
Internet Explorer
Microsoft Scripting Engine
SQL Server
Microsoft JET Database Engine
.NET Framework
ASP.NET Core
Microsoft Office and Microsoft Office Services and Web Apps
Microsoft Windows Codecs Library
Microsoft Dynamics


*** Be sure to scroll to the bottom to view Known Issues.


The next Patch Tuesday is 08 September.

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Meet & Greet! / Happy Birthday Corrine!
« on: August 05, 2020, 12:00:02 AM »
Happy Birthday (tomorrow) to my dear friend.  I hope you have a very special day. My best always, B

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LandzDown Lounge / Liverpool -- Premier League Champions !!!
« on: June 26, 2020, 11:31:39 AM »
Premier League, Champions League, Club World Cup and Uefa Super Cup within 13 months.  Not bad.



Justice for the 96
15th April 1989, 3.06pm
Hillsborough, Sheffield

At long last.  RIP.

YNWA

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Web News / Windows 10 version 2004 -- List of Known Issues/Status
« on: June 19, 2020, 05:54:46 PM »
Here is Microsoft's list of known issues and fix status: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/release-information/status-windows-10-2004

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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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