Thursday, March 15, 2018

Through the Keyhole - April 2018

guess the location

APRIL 2018
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Through the Keyhole
Something to look forward to...Not your typical
company or newsletter.
Happy Birthday Melissa! 

Today is my wife Melissa's birthday so there is NO WAY I was going to avoid it... Here she is last year with my two boys, David (14) and Chase (9) at the ballpark last season (I am taking the picture).  Opening Day at Wrigley Field is a week away and we look forward to the Boys of Summer returning.  I hope we have a great day today with you, Honey!  We love you very much.  Anyone who knows you wonders why I got so lucky....seriously.

Ok, enough of that.  

April showers bring May flowers and all of that.  However, this month begins the second quarter of 2018 and there are many REALLY COOL THINGS to do this time of year.

Here are just a few ideas - some really cool tours that are pricey and private:

1) The Art Institute of Chicago
2) Millennium Park
3) Private Chicago Architecture Tour (buy tickets here)
4) Private Custom City Tour (buy tickets here)
5) Speakeasy Pub Crawl (buy tickets here)
6) Chicago Gangster Private Tour (buy tickets here)
7) OPENING DAY - Home Opener Cubs (buy tickets here)
8) OPENING DAY - Home Opener White Sox (buy tickets here)


And now for a new picture above- Can you guess where it is by looking "through the keyhole"?  "An Arabic Palace fit for a king lies here as a marble and gold replica of the White House. An hours drive to the Prudential Rock. The people take siestas each day and hablan Espanol. The O'Brien's (and lots of other folks) went there on their Honeymoon."  Can you guess the location?

Correct answers will be given recognition but half the fun is trying to figure it out.  The correct answer will be revealed in the subsequent issue.  Good luck and have fun.

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Giant's Causeway, Ireland - Keyhole Answer


"This spectacular coastal causeway has a unique polygonal landscape feature.  This 4th greatest natural wonder of the region features a giant's boot, a wishing chair and an 'organ' that looks straight out of minecraft.  This country is also home to wool sweaters, hand made crystal and lots of room temperature beer." 

Last month, Stuart Aynsley won the location by guessing correctly.  His answer - " Giant's Causeway. County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Incidentally, the crystal is all made in the south in Eire and don't tell a Protestant they are the same country!".  Great job! and good history too. 

The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the north coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles (4.8 km) northeast of the town of Bushmills - there's a name I have heard of...

In a 2005 poll of Radio Times readers, the Giant's Causeway was named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. Most of the columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven or eight sides. The tallest are about 12 metres (39 ft) high, and the solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 metres (92 ft) thick in places.

Much of the Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast World Heritage Site is today owned and managed by the National Trust and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Ireland. 

According to legend, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant. The story goes that the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool), from the Fenian Cycle of Gaelic mythology, was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. Fionn accepted the challenge and built the causeway across the North Channel so that the two giants could meet. In one version of the story, Fionn defeats Benandonner.  In another, Fionn hides from Benandonner when he realizes that his foe is much bigger than he is.

Either way, it looks like my son Chase made this in Minecraft.

It's no LAS VEGAS but really an amazing geological and topographical wonder...

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The FBI Paid Geek Squad Employees To Turn Over Illegal Content Found On Customers' Devices (this is NOT A JOKE)


The FBI has been paying and using Best Buy Geek Squad employees to flag and turn over illegal content that they find on devices while doing repairs, according to documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The newly obtained records detail how the agency regularly relied on Geek Squad employees as tipsters and confidential human sources, developing a process in which repair technicians in Louisville, Kentucky, would call the agency after finding illegal content, such as child pornography, on a customer's device.

Agents would then show up at the Geek Squad's repair facility, review the photos or videos to determine whether they were illegal, and then seize the device and send it off for further review. In certain cases, agents would obtain a search warrant. In one case, the FBI paid a Geek Squad employee $500 for turning over child abuse images and used him as an informant in the case.

complete article here

It Happened to US here at TURNkey IT...
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One of our technicians was on the receiving end of a Brute Force Attack.  What this means is a hacker used a tool to repeatedly attempt to get into his email account.  This took quite some time but they did it (we have complexity requirements).  Once he did (I assume a he), hundreds of emails were sent to everyone in his sent mail and encouraged to download a file and be compromised (ransomware we assume).  Many of the recipients responded and asked if our tech was serious?  An automatic rule was set up by the hacker to say, "yes.  Please open the attachment."  SCARY.  Other rules were set up to cover the hacker's tracks.

The GOOD NEWS is that for those of our customers who opened it, the threat was stopped by our Sophos Anti-virus and Anti-Malware products.  Thank you SOPHOS.  We also learned of the breach within minutes.

The threat has been removed and we are back and running (within minutes). Microsoft did an assessment for us as it was on their Office 365 platform and the following was their recommendation:  Enable 2-Factor Authentication.  That means every time you check your email FROM A NEW DEVICE, you are delivered a code via text message.  That is a pain in the neck but very secure.  This has been enabled.

I would highly suggest that everyone uses a very complex password that is at least 8 digits in length.  I assume that in the near future we will all be using 2 factor authentication.

It happens to the best of us and Luke still works here...for now:)

High School Year Book Quotes - Make a Statement









Dollar Bill


On the rear of the One Dollar bill, you will see two circles. Together, they comprise the Great Seal of the United States The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a group of men come up with a Seal. It took them four years to accomplish this task and another two years to get it approved.
If you look at the left-hand circle, you will see a Pyramid.


Notice the face is lighted, and the western side is dark. This country was just beginning. We had not begun to explore the west or decided what we could do for Western Civilization. The Pyramid is uncapped, again signifying that we were not even close to being finished. Inside the Capstone you have the all-seeing eye, an ancient symbol for divinity. It was Franklin's belief that one man couldn't do it alone, but a group of men, with the help of God, could do anything.
'IN GOD WE TRUST' is on this currency.

The Latin above the pyramid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, means, 'God has favored our undertaking.'
The Latin below the pyramid, NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM, means, 'a new order has begun.'
At the base of the pyramid is the Roman numeral for 1776. (MDCCLXXVI)
If you look at the right-hand circle, and check it carefully, you will learn that it is on every National Cemetery in the United States .
It is also on the Parade of Flags Walkway at the Bushnell, Florida National Cemetery , and is the centerpiece of most heroes' monuments.
Slightly modified, it is the seal of the President of the United States , and it is always visible whenever he speaks, yet very few people know what the symbols mean.


The Bald Eagle was selected as a symbol for victory for two reasons:
First, he is not afraid of a storm; he is strong, and he is smart enough to soar above it.
Secondly, he wears no material crown. We had just broken from the King of England ..
Also, notice the shield is unsupported. This country can now stand on its own.
At the top of that shield there is a white bar signifying congress, a unifying factor. We were coming together as one nation.
In the Eagle's beak you will read, ' E PLURIBUS UNUM' meaning, 'from many - one.'
Above the Eagle, we have the thirteen stars, representing the thirteen original colonies, and any clouds of misunderstanding rolling away. Again, we were coming together as one.
Notice what the Eagle holds in his talons. He holds an olive branch and arrows. This country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to preserve peace. The Eagle always wants to face the olive branch, but in time of war, his gaze turns toward the arrows.
An (untrue) old-fashioned belief says that the number 13 is an unlucky number. This is almost a worldwide belief. You will almost never see a room numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a 13th floor. But think about this:
America, which relies on God (not a number) to direct and lead, boldly chose:
13 original colonies,
13 signers of the Declaration of Independence ,
13 stripes on our flag,
13 steps on the pyramid,
13 letters in 'Annuit Coeptis',
13 letters in ' E Pluribus Unum,'
13 stars above the eagle,
13 bars on that shield,
13 leaves on the olive branch,
13 fruits, and if you look closely,
13 arrows.
And finally, notice the arrangement of the 13 stars in the right-hand circle.
You will see that they are arranged as a
Star of David.
This was ordered by George Washington who, when he asked Haym Solomon, a wealthy Philadelphia Jew, what he would like as a personal reward for his services to the Continental Army. Solomon said he wanted nothing for himself, but he would like something for his people. The Star of David was the result. Few people know it was Solomon who saved the Army through his financial contributions...then died a pauper. Haym Solomon gave $25 million to save the Continental Army, money that was sorely needed to help realize America’s –our- freedom and independence from England ..
Therein lies America ’s Judeo-Christian beginning.
Most American children do NOT know any of this.
They are not taught because their history teachers do not know this.
[They were not taught!]

"Mad Dog" Mattis REAL Quote of the month

“If you see THIS FACE, there's a good chance you will be dead within 20 seconds.” 

Remember the good old days?












Art for Dad

I always wanted a Go-Cart
These college kids transform a Barbie Electric Jeep into an amazing GO CART.  What Fun!

Why Buy a House when you can PRINT ONE?
One of the less obvious products being unveiled this week at SXSW is a small concrete house. On the outside, it doesn’t look like anything particularly special, although the covered patio and spacious windows are less common on tiny poured-concrete buildings.

That’s because the innovation isn’t in the structure or materials — it’s in the design and building. ICON, the company that builds the 650-square-foot house, claims it costs just $10,000 to build and can be 3-D-printed by a Vulcan printer in 12 to 24 hours using the most common building material on Earth. ICON has built a model at SXSW that features a living room, bedroom, bathroom and curved porch. The company’s co-founders told The Verge...

Article HERE
Video HERE

Russian Has Just the TOOL for RUDE Parking...
Video HERE

Newest Night Vision Technology
This is footage from the X27 HD night vision camera. Color night vision has been in the works for a while and this is considered the latest 4th gen. product.
Hello to some Military bucks for this achievement.  Video HERE

Sad But True

Military Canines 


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Weekend Breakfast Casserole
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·        4 cups shredded hash brown potatoes (Simply Potatoes in the refrigerated section) 
·        1 pound Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage Roll, cooked and drained - I like the spicy one
·        1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
·        1 medium green pepper, chopped (1 minute in microwave to soften)
·        2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese (or whatever's in the house), divided
·        1 green onion, chopped (also softened in the microwave)
·        1 cup biscuit/baking mix
·        1/2 teaspoon salt
·        4 eggs
·        3 cups milk


In a large bowl, combine the hash browns, sausage, bacon, green pepper, 1 cup cheese and onion. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.

In another bowl, whisk the biscuit mix, salt, eggs and milk; pour over the top. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.


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