Have You Checked Your Patches And Updates Today?

The Cyber Infrastructure Security Agency at the United States Department of Homeland Security has been filling my inbox with updates in the past 36 hours. From an alert concerning possible cyber response to a United States military strike in Baghdad to a press release about a new analytical report concerning geopolitical tensions (which is actually a 2 page PDF file) they certainly have been issuing reports. It may be prudent in these tense geopolitical times to ensure your package updates are in fact up to date, that you’re not running unnecessary services on public-facing servers, and that your firewall definitions meet current needs.

You don’t want to wind up with an intrusion like the United States Government Printing Office did relative to the website of the Federal Depository Library Program.

New NBC Streaming Service Details Announced

At this point news about NBC’s “Peacock” streaming offering has shown up in multiple places. Frankly I am underwhelmed due to the paucity of actual details that could be potentially useful to me. It seems like getting a proper aerial functioning to properly receive WICU would get me more useful access to NBC programming when paired with suitable personal video recording rigging.

Links gathered and stashed in Zotero include:

Alexander, J. (2020, January 16). Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers’ late-night shows will stream early exclusively on Peacock. The Verge. https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/16/21069452/nbc-peacock-jimmy-fallon-seth-meyers-shows-exclusive-streaming-nbcuniversal-late-night

Barsanti, S. (2020, January 16). NBC’s Peacock streaming service announces MacGruber and Adventure Zone TV shows. The A.V. Club. https://news.avclub.com/nbcs-peacock-streaming-service-announces-macgruber-and-1841045788

Fingas, J. (2020, January 16). NBC’s Peacock lineup includes Mindy Kaling, Norman Lear and “MacGruber.” Engadget. https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/16/nbc-peacock-shows-mindy-kaling-will-forte/

Graham, M. (2020, January 16). NBCU’s Peacock will have no more than five minutes of ads per hour, even on the free version. CNBC. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/16/nbcus-peacock-will-have-no-more-than-five-minutes-of-ads-per-hour.html

Jarvey, N. (2020, January 16). NBCUniversal Unveils Peacock Launch Date, Pricing Tiers. The Hollywood Reporter. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbcuniversal-unveils-peacock-launch-date-pricing-tiers-1270476

Otterson, J. (2020, January 16). ‘Punky Brewster’ Sequel Series Ordered at Peacock. Variety. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/punky-brewster-sequel-series-peacock-1203469051/

Poggi, J. (2020, January 16). NBC reveals ad strategy and initial sponsors for Peacock. Ad Age. https://adage.com/article/media/nbc-reveals-ad-strategy-and-initial-sponsors-peacock/2227926

Approaching Month's End

In no particular order:

  • Stuart Langridge recently wrote a blog post about wanting to write more. I understand the feeling quite well. Granted, I have been looking at the 2020 edition of The Writer’s Market to see what outlets are still out there accepting pieces from freelancers. The first time I ever had a freelance piece published was way back in 1998 as I wrote newspaper stories printed in newsprint. I still do that off and on. Currently I have a fiction piece that is just under the SFWA word count definition for being a “novelette” so it is instead an overgrown short story. There is more writing to be done especially as that short story is launching a conceptual universe for me to work in.

  • To the extent that they can be, significant repairs to the television aerial mast are completed. The mast-mounted preamplifier appears to be damaged. I have that bypassed for now but that resulted in reduced signal reception. Eventually I will end up securing a new one. A new preamplifier is on the purchasing list for replacement equipment needs.

  • Paperwork as to my future continues to be processed down in Slippery Rock in the Iron Mountain range. My family thinks I am kidding when I say that the agency handling everything is working in an abandoned mine next to Iron Mountain Corporation. Apparently people have overlooked the relevant Washington Post article about the place. The article talks about retirement claims but other claims are also handled in that cave too.

  • I need to go to the gym more often.

  • Life does not feel particularly secure right now.

  • Access to “normal” television is restricted right now. We only have access to free streaming as well as what we can pull in via the antenna and we cannot get the full set of Over The Air stations out of Erie, Pennsylvania. Whenever money becomes available some time in the future I may purchase a season pass on iTunes to be able to catch up on the current season of Doctor Who though catching up on American Ninja War: USA versus The World may be trickier. Paying for subscription streaming services is outside any budget sources right now.

  • The easiest way to reach me at the moment is either via Telegram or via Skype.

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A Disappearance

Although it had been limping ever onward for some time, Identica appears to have disappeared again. The pages for the underlying software itself are hosted on GitHub Pages so those haven’t fallen over. There hasn’t been any new project news since October 2019. There’s no other status search available.

I think Coyote Works is now the sole redoubt for me in terms of online presence that I maintain majority control over. I am no longer visible in the so-called Fediverse and with Identica having disappeared again this is it. Although I may have presences in some silos that have cutesy names applied by free software activists those do not need to be linked here. Business inquiries should still be directed to the Erie Looking Productions home page.

How odd.

End of January Miscellany

In short:

  • ViacomCBS has an ad-supported streaming property known as Pluto TV alongside the subscription-based CBS All Access. Normally the two do not overlap in content. Currently there is an overlap as the first episode of Star Trek: Picard is playing on a loop on the Pluto TV sci-fi channel. This plays fine in Firefox without any DRM worries or need of any extensions to be loaded. As Ubuntu users look at video streaming services potentially not playing nice due to tech incompatibilities this content platform seems low-friction for getting started.

  • I forgot the birthday of Stuart Langridge yesterday.

  • Good luck to the United Kingdom with Brexit Day.

  • There was a presentation on making films with free software at Linux.conf.au 2020 that I need to watch yet and that many of us should review. With things like 8 Bit Versus out there already I frankly want to see an Ubuntu-related vodcasts aggregator site some day.

  • Ever hear the expression “good enough for government work” in the wild? Well, a font now exists in responses to that American colloquialism.

  • Eventually I will need to look at what snaps exist alongside Ubuntu Core to do something like a small scale municipal mesh as what we’ve got in terms of broadband now is not really cutting the mustard. Finding a peering partner would be hard, though.

  • For those that don’t think getting releases put together is hard enough, the PureDarwin project looks like a great source of ideas and inspiration.

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