Narcos – More Great Netflix Original Television

I’m generally not a big fan of crime shows, my wife loves them, but with the exception of the original “Law and Order” (Lenny rules!), and “The Americans”, I don’t watch them. The Netflix Original Series “Narcos” is the exception.

Narcos follows the rise of cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. The show is Pablo_Escobar_Mugnarrated by the character Steve Murphy, a DEA agent in Columbia, and the show is filmed in Columbia. It’s also a “period” show, taking place during the 80’s.

If reading isn’t your thing though, you may not like the show. Taking place in Columbia, as you would imagine, Spanish is spoken a lot. Luckily for those of us who don’t speak the language, it’s subtitled. I personally don’t mind, I pretty much keep subtitles on all the time.

The show is pretty fast paced, and you really see the characters change over time. The “newb” DEA agent quickly turns into a jaded veteran, and the main character, Pablo Escobar, starts out as someone that you can relate to pretty easily, even though he’s a smuggler and getting into the drug trade, and you just can’t help but watch in horror as he slips down the dark rabbit hole.

I was a little slow to get on the Narcos bus. I started watching Season 1 after Season 2 had already came out. I can’t regret the delay too much, because now I have a whole 2 seasons to binge. 🙂 I actually figured I would give it a try one day, and ended up watching all of season 1 over a weekend.

One of the aspects of the show that amazes me, and I’m not giving much away here, is the massive amounts of money that Pablo has. He throws around millions of dollars like they are candy bars. I just can’t imagine having access to that kind of money. According to a Wikipedia’s Article on Pablo Escobar, his cartel “supplied 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the United States”. As you can imagine, that would be a metric ton of money.

Also, Columbia is beautiful! Wow.

If you need a show to watch, I have to recommend Narcos.

Sources:

Netflix – Watch Narcos Online

Wikipedia – Pablo Escobar

Yahoo Data Breach – Change your yahoo passwords / Look out for Scam Emails

You may have already seen news coverage about it, but yesterday Yahoo announced that data from at least 500 Million email accounts had been stolen. The data stolen may have included:

  • Names
  • Email Addresses
  • Backup email addresses
  • Telephone Numbers
  • Dates of Birth
  • Hashed passwords.

If you have a Yahoo account, even if you haven’t used it in a long time, login and change your password. If you use the same password for any other accounts, then change those passwords as well.

Also, be on the lookout for scam / phishing emails about the breach, this is a great opportunity for the bad guys to attempt to steal your information, even if you weren’t effected by the breach. Don’t follow links that you receive in emails, and do not open attachments in any suspicious emails.

The data was apparently stolen in 2014, and has recently been seen up for sale on the dark web. Yahoo believes it was a state actor (someone working for a government) responsible for the breach.

Sources:

These 500 Million Hacked Yahoo Accounts Are A Phishing Paradise. Warn Your Users!

500 Million Yahoo accounts Breached

News Roundup for 9/23/16

500 million Yahoo Accounts Breached

USA Today reports that the accounts were stolen in 2014, and security researchers have been hearing rumblings of a hacker trying to see them since about August.

In an article from Business Wire, Yahoo believes it was a state actor that did it.

Of course, the scary thing here is that many users use the same passwords for everything, and although the passwords stolen were hashed, we all know that won’t last forever. Of course, Security Questions and Dates of Birth were also stolen, combine that with the other information, and you can see why this is so big of a worry.

Google Allo

I’m a bit confused on why Google spent time on Allo, sure, a the smart assistant seems pretty sweet, but why not put that into “OK Google” instead of a proprietary messaging app. Is there really a need for another messaging app? The reviews aren’t terribly good,

Snowden says that it’s a honeypot for US surveillance Efforts

The Verge Review says it’s “fine”.

Gigabit Speed for Rural users using Power infrastructure?

AirGig – Uses Power lines for 1G data. Not how you think though. They put a wireless device on top of the powerline.

ArsTechnica says that it’s very experimental. AT&T says it’s not even on their technology roadmap yet. The antennas are inexpensive though, and it would be a huge boost for rural areas who are historically underserved.

Bedtime Stories for Cynics is absolutely Checking Out

I mentioned in an earlier post that  Amazon added Audible Channels as a Prime Membership Benefit, and as soon as I signed up, I started exploring the channels. Sure, there are a lot of podcasts in the channels, but I really wanted to explore the Audible Originals.

I immediately found a gem, it’s Bedtime Stories for Cynics, Presented by Nick Offerman.

When I see or hear Nick Offerman, I can’t help but picture his Nick-Offermancharacter on Parks and Recreation, Ron Swanson, and his voice and style in Bedtime Stories for Cynics matches perfectly. I love the lines near the end of the introduction “If our language offends you, then you are a child. Congratulations, you have your whole life ahead of you, don’t F**** it up.”

The first story is “Todd the Dragon Slayer”, read by Lewis Black. I don’t know who was in charge of picking out who does the reading, but Lewis Black was perfect. After listening to the story, I realized that it would probably be a good idea for me to see if he’s ready anything else. I hope he comes back for more.

Of course, you can tell that I highly suggest checking it out. To locate it, start the Audible app on your device, then open the menu, and choose Channels > Browse All Channels (you may have to select the “Featured” Tab to see Browse all channels) > Audible Originals, and you should see a banner for “Bedtime Stories for Cynics”.

New Prime Membership Benefit: Audible Channels (and some Audiobooks)

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, then your membership just became a little more valuable. Amazon prime now includes free access to Audible channels, which includes Original Audible Series, curated playlists, and a rotating list of about 50 books.

I am one of those poor slobs who has a work commute, in my case it’s up to 40 minutes a day each direction, and long ago I started using the time to listen to podcasts and audiobooks, but I’ve never taken the plunge and signed up for an audible subscription.

I am, however, a long time prime member, and I’ll have to say, I see this as a huge plus. I’m always looking for more great content to make the commute go faster.

Audible channels were rolled out in July, and are available to non-prime subscribers for $4.95 a month, or free to audible members.

It isn’t obvious how often the list of 50 books will get rotated, I would guess once a month. Of course, I’m also interested to find out if they have any mechanism to let listeners know that a book will no longer be available after some date, I would hate to start listening to a book and have it made unavailable half way through.

To access the benefit you’ll need the mobile Audible App, which you can get from your friendly neighborhood app store.

Hopefully the ColdFire Trilogy will be available soon 😉

Recommended:

Audible Original: Bedtime Stories for Cynics is absolutely Checking Outhttp://www.geeksontech.com/bedtime-stories-for-cynics-is-absolutely-checking-out/

How to change port settings for printers in Windows 10

First off, click on start, then type “printers” and you should see “Devices and Printers”, click on that

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Find your printer and click on it once, then click on “Print Server Properties”

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Once the Print server properties dialog appears, click on the tab which reads “ports”.

You should see an option for “Configure Port”.

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Or you may see “Change Port Settings” on the bottom of the dialog.

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