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Post-Tropical Cyclone Cristina moves NW in Pacific, Tropical Storm Hagibis thrashes China

Last Updated 6/15/2014, 5:00:00 PM (EDT)
Location 20.5N 113.9W Movement WNW at 6 mph
Wind 35 MPH Pressure: 1005 MB

Last Updated 6/15/2014, 8:00:00 AM (EDT)
Location 23.5N 243.5E Movement NNW at 9 mph
Wind 40 MPH

first post here

Hi all, this is my very first post in this group. Hopefully this may help someone else besides me.

I'm not technically a senior yet, but in 4 years or so I guess I will be considered to be one (age 60). I think we're all aware of ageism and how it affects us, especially once you are considered "old".

Question: Am I the only one who feels much younger than your chronological age ? Don't get me wrong, I have moments when I feel every second of my CA. However, I've never believed in "act your age damnit" kind of thing. Yes, I think once you're my age, you have to behave at a minimal level just to function as a responsible adult, but besides that, it's an open question.

How do you deal with ageism ? I can see this becoming more and more an issue for me as I get older.

Thanks. Not a troll post, honest. I'm not that way.


What Happens When You Throw A Big Chunk Of Sodium In A Lake


Pure sodium is probably the closest thing we have to wildfire from "Game of Thrones." Except napalm. And maybe some other stuff.


100 Most Frequently Asked Help Desk Questions and Answers


I have been working in IT for way to many years to be still considered a sane and well adjusted individual. After you spend a few years in this industry you realize that some questions asked by users keep recurring like bad dreams or glitches in the matrix.

Below is my attempt to compile a comprehensive list of frequently asked IT questions you might encounter when working as a systems administrator or help-desk drone. All of these are actual quotes from various ticketing systems and email exchanges. I preserved original grammar and spelling wherever possible.

Feel free to print this out and use it in your help desk training manuals.

1. Is it a virus?


2. Are you sure?


3. My Microsoft is error!


4. I already did!

Disconnect all cables and peripherals, remove the battery and hold down the power button for 60 seconds.

5. Oh, am I doing this to discharge the capacitors on the motherboard?

No, you are doing this to ensure that you actually reboot the machine rather than browse Facebook for 5 minutes and say that you did.

6. Is the email down?

No. Flip the WiFi switch on the side of the laptop.

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Tropical Storm Cristina moves NW in Pacific,Tropical Storm Hagibis moves north towards China

Last Updated June 14, 2014, 8:00:00 PM EDT (EDT)
Location 22.1N 243.2E Movement N at 5 mph
Wind 50 MPH

Last Updated June 14, 2014, 11:00:00 PM EDT (EDT)
Location 19.8N 112.3W Movement WNW at 6 mph
Wind 40 MPH Pressure: 1003 MB

18 year olds registering to vote in Florida because of MMJ ballot initiative

I know this because my son and his friends have registered to vote in the November election. I told my son I was surprised and very proud of him. Yea yea, it would have been more "pure" if they registered out of pure civic-mindedness, but I'm quite sure his friends all registered as Democrats. My son is a good liberal Democrat, just like his papa.

Maybe there's hope for them young'uns yet

How does DU, quantum mechanics and the meaning of life correlate to each other ?

A question for when you're bored.

Hurricane Cristina continues moving NW in Pacific, Tropical Cyclone Nanauk dissipates

Last Updated 6/13/2014, 8:00:00 PM (Pacific Daylight Time)
Location 18.9N 110.7W Movement NW at 7 mph
Wind 90 MPH Pressure: 978 MB

Indian Ocean

There is no tropical storm activity for this region.

Hurricane Cristina wends westward in Pacific, Tropical Cyclone Nanauk aims for NE Oman

Last Updated 6/12/2014, 8:00:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time)
Location 17.3N 108.3W Movement WNW at 8 mph
Wind 120 MPH Pressure: 959 MB

Last Updated 6/12/2014, 5:00:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time)
Location 18.6N 297.2E Movement W at 5 mph
Wind 50 MPH

Bugs flooding Windows XP


Exploitation of the unprotected computer operating system, Windows XP, is happening, said Brian Wilkey, senior vice president of Digital Boardwalk, Inc., a Pensacola based information technology (IT) company. It was predicted to happen after the April 8 termination of support by Microsoft, a standard practice called a program's end of life (EOL), computer problems would come for dedicated XP users. Microsoft will no longer publish updates for the 12-year-old system; CNN Money reported 29 percent of the world's computers were still utilizing XP. Because of this issue, two major effects are one, new hardware, like printers and monitors, won't be able to communicate with the outdated system, and two, Microsoft will no longer offer patches to newly discovered vulnerabilities.

Wilkey discussed three results his company as seen since XP's EOL.

The first result, Wilkey said hes seen a wave of malicious software, known as malware, attacking machines still running XP. Wilkey said, "We've seen an 80 percent increase in malware toward XP machines for the clients we manage." He said they could not trace it back to the source, but did track it down to the second week of May. According to Wilkey, this malware has become more insidious. Originally, he said, malware would masquerade as protection software and declare there was a threat on the system. Unaware users would pay a sum to the fake anti-virus company to remove it. Wilkey said the focus of cyber attacks has changed. "Identities are worth a lot of money," Wilkey said, as evidenced by the Target and eBay cyber attacks. "Identity protection is a wise investment," he said.

Wilky identified seniors as the most vulnerable to identity attacks. Im willing to bet the older demographic is still using XP, he said. Wilky said it takes only one time of putting sensitive personal information online, like making purchases via the internet or entering a social security number, to become vulnerable to attack.

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This is contrary to another article I read.
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