The following photos are from different days and times of Lake Superior along the North Shore.
I imagine one his photographs might look like this:
The previous day bathed us in winter light
as the sea sang us to sleep.
Today we slowly become wet snow-people
as the storms take over the landscape
and we marvel at the beauty everywhere.
Just a few hours after arriving we were visited
by the guardians of the north shore…
With fresh snow 4 to 6 inches deep
we cleared a trail into the woods.
Waking that morning, the Aussies were unsettled
and more vocal than normal.
Following the path, we crossed
that of a wolf visiting overnight.
A red cabin in the woods
beneath the pine trees
sagging from the winter snow,
is all I need for solitude.
Submerged in the depths of winter,
the land beneath layers of ice,
and the pond a giant glass oval,
I dream of childhood…
As the snow blanketed the sky and trees
we listened intently to the radio
waiting, hoping that our school
would close for the day.
After snowstorm stopped,
outside in the front-yard,
the snow piled high along the street,
we built snow-forts and prepared for battle.
Now, so many years later,
dreams and outlooks have shifted
and what was more external,
has become an internal quest
for silence and peace,
watching the setting sun.
Hide and seek with the morning sun as we emerge form a deep freeze in MN.
Computer researchers have recently found out that the main chip in most modern computers—the CPU—has a hardware bug. It’s really a design flaw in the hardware that has been there for years. This is a big deal because it affects almost every computer on networks, including workstation and servers.
This hardware bug allows malicious programs to steal data that is being processed in your computer memory. Normally, applications are not able to do that because they are isolated from each other and the operating system. This hardware bug breaks that isolation.
So, if the bad guys are able to get malicious software running on your computer, they may be able to get access to your passwords stored in a password manager or browser, your emails, instant messages, and documents.
The more severe vulnerability, Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754), appears isolated to Intel processors developed in the last 10 years. Spectre (CVE-2017-5715 and CVE-2017-5753) on the other hand, theoretically affects all processors that use speculative execution, including most modern processors manufactured by Intel, AMD, ARM and potentially more.
- Summary of issues and links to vendors: https://meltdownattack.com
From a quick read of the many articles, mitigation will require OS patches and firmware updates from Intel, AMD, Arm, etc. For Microsoft, the patch is dependent on having an approved AV application running that sets a compatibility registry key that Microsoft updates will reference. Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials are of course approved and can be used if nothing else is available.
Below are links to information for Microsoft, VMware, Apple, and AWS.
- Main Article: https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/ADV180002
- Clients: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4073119/protect-against-speculative-execution-side-channel-vulnerabilities-in
- Servers: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4072698/windows-server-guidance-to-protect-against-the-speculative-execution
- Important: Windows security updates released January 3, 2018, and antivirus software – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4072699
Windows Clients Impacted and Will be Patched
- Windows 10 (RTM, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709)
- Windows 8.1
- Windows 7 SP1
Windows Servers Impacted and Will be Patched
- Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
- Windows Server 2012 R2
- Windows Server 2016
VMWare (5.5, 6.5)
A new year brings changes around here. A new theme was applied to allow more area for content and images and to simplify the colors and layout.