We are a bit late this week, but we do
have some late information below that you will want to see.
Here are some of the things you might
like to know about:
CONCERN, NOT SCARE
First it was the EAS "Zombie Alerts," then it was hackers re-directing
Barix boxes to crude hiphop audio, and now cryptowall ransomware taking down
four to six radio stations over the past week. More reports have been received
The articles at the top are not meant to say "panic now, the sky is falling!"
but rather are another reason why it is so important to set up your LANs
carefully, make regular backups, and train your staff. Here's the basic
concern: as more Internet access is used at stations, it provides more
opportunities for bad actors to attack.
Unfortunately, from most reports, the biggest danger is what the Internet has
dubbed "PEBCAK" ... Problem Exists Between Chair and Keyboard. In other words,
the newest malware, activated by an injudicious click or browsing an infected
site can wreak havoc on your entire LAN - even your WAN - before you know it.
Worse, many anti-virus/malware software packages do not detect/remove the
Do not panic. But be concerned. Warn the staff. Develop policies. Did we
remind you to "make backups regularly?"
This morning, more than a few folks were startled to hear what appears to
be a repeat of the 2011 National EAS Test. First reports are that the EAN was
run on repeat of a morning show, which then propagated the alert around to
some other stations.
Expect some fallout from this, starting later today.
The recently closed Energy-Onix company had many of its manuals online.
If you are an E-O user, you may wish to grab a copy of manuals for gear you
have before this website is shut down.
FOR SALE and WANTED!
AM Stereo anyone? A Motorola Exciter and Monitor are on the ForSale list
this week. Also an AM Optimod, and the remainders of a university station in
Wisconsin that turned off the carrier and started streaming. Someone is
looking for a Marti CR-10 and a 1 kW FM Combiner and a CircuitWerkes
Check out the items here.
Listings are free to individuals.
Do You Remember? This week in history:
13 years ago (2001) the Apple iPod was launched - and a juggernaut began
29 years ago (1985) Whitney Houston got her first #1 hit: "Saving All
My Love for You."
38 years ago (1976) Chicago got its first #1 hit: "If You Leave
44 years ago (1970) Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber released
"Jesus Christ Superstar."
48 years ago (1966) the enigmatic ? and the Mysterians hit #1 with:
And, here are some other interesting dates:
42 years ago (1972) President Nixon suspended bombing of North Viet Nam.
93 years ago (1931) the George Washington Bridge was dedicated.
108 years ago (1904) the New York City subway opened. No sandwiches were
133 years ago (1881) the Shootout at the OK Corral happened, just down
the road from your Editor. The Earps, Clantons, and the rest. History or
Myth? - mostly a combination!
... and for our cousins across the Pond:
599 years ago (1415) Henry V led the English troops to victory at
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