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IOS and Mac updtates now ou

Hi all,

This blog post from Apple Vis indicates that there are IOS and Mac updates. Mainly security patches, but nothing huge if you’re running a 7 or below. The fixes for IOS is dealing with iphone 8 specifics.

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Tech podcast 275 is now out

Tech podcast 275 is on our RSS feed for you to enjoy.


Hello everyone. Welcome to another podcast here on the Jared Rimer Network. This is the technology podcast, podcast number 275. On this podcast, we:

  • introduce and Armando demonstrates WinSCP.
  • A ted talk talking about Grammarly and a bug that was found that allowed anyone to read what you wrote.
  • Don’t Give Away Historic Details About Yourself was an interesting read, and I talk about it in my thoughts. It may be also discussed as part of a things to ponder segment as part of the AJSR program on the mix.
  • Medical Technology and how it is used in Africa was a very interesting talk, and we don’t see this too often and found it interesting enough to share it.
  • Understanding Code Signing Abuse in Malware Campaigns is discussed in a segment asking if you’ve downloaded anything you weren’t expecting. We all have. I rehash old stuff a little bit, compare it to what can happen today, and talk about some of the data.

Contact information is at the end of the program, so feel free to utalize that to contact me. Thanks for listening!

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The A.J. Sunday retreat is now up

mer.net/ajsr”>Here is the RSS feed for the show. Below, please find the show notes.


98.6TheMix is proud to present Episode 4 of the A.J. sunday Retreat with Mando and Jared! In this episode, the following will be discussed:

  • We will talk to Mando’s guest who has graciously took time out of his busy schedule to discuss his experience in using a Macintosh computer and how the retirement of Nicecast has affected his radio broadcasting abilities, along with other randomness that may come up in discussion. You can read about Nice Cast retirement at Nicecast Has Been Retired
  • Effective sometime in the near future, Twitter has decided to exclude third party access to their Application Programming Interface. (APIs). If such is on the horizon, this spells the end of third-party interactive Twitter clients which means you will not be able to receive all events such as mentions, message and the like. We will listen to concerns from the pannel, as well as any other participants who wish to join us on 98.6TheMix TeamTalk server, found at 98.6TheMix Home Page. For more information about this topic, you can read this article that can be found at Your Favorite Twitter Client Is about To Break.
  • We often talk about security when using a computer and/or mobile device. However, have you considered thinking about security at home? How can you stay protected as a person who has a disability, as well as those who have limited challenges such as language barriers? In this segment, Mando will talk about his experiences with various types of home security systems, some of the challenges he faced when operating the cameras and his recent investment his family made by request.

We hope you enjoy today’s show and please send us any feedback!

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Podcasts released on the network

There were two podcasts released on the network that effect this blog.

The Technology podcast, podcast 274 which you can find on the tech RSS feed is the first to go to my mixcloud page. I’ll talk more about mix cloud later, but we have it on passing on this podcast. Here are the show notes for this podcast, which is numbered 274.


Welcome to podcast 274. Are you familiar with how someone who would get dressed could do it if they have a disability that prevents them from doing it on their own? A very powerful ted talk will talk about this, in what I’d call the low tech segment. Are you familiar with Philmore Productions? A customer gives me a file that was posted to one of their bulletine boards, and asks some questions. This 33 minute segment talks about my thoughts on the file, and it is not looking good. I’ll let you listen to the segment and decide this on your own, but I call this my thought piece. Next, have you mistyped domains? We all have. In an article pened by Brian Krebs entitled Omitting the “o” in .com Could Be Costly gives some insites that I talk about. Finally, I started a Mix Cloud page and I DISCUSS this site a little bit. All of this and contact information is all at the end. I hope you’ll enjoy the podcast, and thanks for listening!


Also, The A.J. Sunday Retreat is also up. Its RSS can be found through jaredrimer.net just like the tech podcast is. This podcast is a music and talk show as we discussed when I braught it along, and there is some tech for this podcast.

Here are the show notes for that podcast if you wish to review them.


98.6TheMix Presents Episode 3 of the A.J. Sunday Retreat with Mando and Jared!

In this episode the following will be discussed.

  • Are self-driving automobiles a good or bad idea? We will focus our attention on an article in which an executive from Toyota claims that self-driving cars will kill hundreds, while at the same time saving thousands. The article can be found at: Self-driving cars could kill hundreds but save tens of thousands
  • Herbie has expressed intrest in the subject of Amazon providing Prime Membership discounts to those who are receiving government aid such as Medicare. Despite arguments of opponents stating that even though Amazon has made such move to provide discounts, people who are low-income will not shop online regardless. can this be true? This article can be found at: Amazon Offers Prime Discount for Medicaid Recipients
  • In 2014, gun rights in Iowa have been extended to grant the ability for blind people to keep and bear arms. This in turn has law enforcement scratching their heads. What are we talking about? This article, which can be found at: Iowa grants gun permits to the blind talks about the good and bad in relation to blind people being able to carry a gun. Can this be a good or bad thing? Stay tuned as we discuss this and more on the show.
  • If time permits, we will have an open forum session in which you the listener/participant can express whatever is on your mind.

    We hope you enjoy today’s show and Thanks for listening, and please leave that feedback!


    I hope you’ll consider either of these podcasts, and I’m working on 275 for tech as we speak.

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A.J. Sunday Retreat is now up on the Jared Rimer Network

The RSS feed of the A.J. Sunday retreat is through JaredRimer.net but the show notes aren’t appearing there for some reason. But, the show is up, and the show notes follow. Please be in touch on what you think.


98.6TheMix Presents Week 2 of The A.J. Sunday Retreat with Jared and Mando!
In this show the following topics will be discussed:

  • We will begin with introductions, as well as taking care of any relevant show contact information, followed by a new 3-5 minute prerecorded segment called Things to Ponder, featuring whatever happens to be on your show hosts’ mind throughout the week. In this case, Segment 1 of Things to Ponder will piggyback off of Herbie’s Smart Devices topic, which can be heard at: The A.J. Sunday Retreat, March 18, 2018. An eye-opening situation occurred to one of your show hosts on Monday, March 19, 2018. What happened may you ask? We invite you to take a listen and find out for yourself.
  • Upon Walk of Life by Dyer straights’s song we will then dive into the never-ending topic of Malware and how it’s affecting Android devices. We will be discussing two well-written articles in relation to this. The first article deals with new malware that has the ability to steal data, along with recording phone conversations. This article can be found at: New Android malware steals user data, records audio and incurs phone charges. In addition, what appears to be a legit banking app turns out to be a trogen that spells disaster. this article can be found at: New Variant of BankBot Banking Trojan Ups Ante, Cashes Out on Android Users.
  • Segment 2 of things to Ponder is presented by Jared and its focus is on a homeless hacker who turned in Chelsea Manning. Jared will enlighten us what happened to the homeless hacker, as well as share his comments/thoughts in relation to this. The mentioned article can be found at: Homeless Hacker’ Who Turned in Chelsea Manning, Dead at 37. Moreover, we know how smart our young youth can be since technology has influenced him/her in many ways.
  • Have you ever thought of a teenager who’s 15 actually doing something good when in fact he or she can be viewed as a troublemaker? The article in question talks about a flaw that a fifteen-year-old discovered and what action he took to make those affected aware. The article can be found at: 15-Year-old Finds Flaw in Ledger Crypto Wallet. Read Wikipedia on Adrian.
  • We cover the topic of Facebook and their recent Behavior and questionable issues. Here is the youtube video Here is the CNN article.

We hope you enjoy today’s fun-filled show! This show lasts 112 minutes. Thanks for listening, and please leave that feedback!

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Security now podcast 655 is up!

I haven’t done this in awhile, but Armando gave me some information that security now is covering. Please go to security Now’s RSS feed to pick up your copy. Please feel free to find the notations from the RSS feed below. More importantly, Armando talked about and braught to my attention the fact that a vehicle that is driverless killed someone. I’m not sure what the story is, however, I’m willing to find out.


This week we discuss the aftermath of CTS Labs’ abrupt disclosure of flaws in AMD’s outsourced chipsets, Intel’s plans for the future and their recent
microcode update news, several of Microsoft’s recent announcements and actions, the importance of testing… in this case VPNs; the first self-driving
automobile pedestrian death, a SQRL update, a bit of closing the loop feedback with our listeners, and a look a the outcome of last week’s annual Pwn2Own
hacking competition.

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The A.J. Sunday retreat, podcast 1

The Talking Tech and Security podcast and show has been discontinued due to the host violating station rules. However, don’t worry because A.J.’s sunday retreat is a combination of that show and even more.

Here is the show description from the mix.


On this show, we’ll focus our efforts on technology, the security landscape, and whatever else might come across our desks as time allows. We’ll also have music from mainstream to independent just to mix it up. There may be some adult content possible.


The RSS feed can be found through the Jared Rimer Network for you to peruse at your convnience.

Here is the show notes for podcast 1 of this new program which can be heard live on Sundays from 4 to 6 pacific time.


98.6TheMix Presents The A.J. Sunday Retreat With Mando and Jared
In this show, we will cover the following topics:

  • Both show hosts will introduce each other and give out necessary station/show contact information.
  • Herbie will present Smart Home upon Kool & the Gang – Celebration song, which is estimated to take at most a half an hour, provided how many pannel members participate with us on the station teamTalk server.
  • The seconde topic will focus on Criminals who are celling legit certificates as though they are the certificate authority. This topic is presented by Jared and Mando. The article can be found at: Criminals sell counterfeit certificates to make malware look legitimate
  • Following any Q&A and whatever song chosen, we will then proceed to discuss the topic involving Equifax. The article we will primarily be talking about can be found at: Equifax says 2.4 million more Americans impacted by 2017 mega-breach.
  • We will end with anything else that may come across our desks and perhaps discuss anything that was not clear during the show.

We hope you enjoy our debut of The A.J Sunday Retreat!


Please feel free to subscribe, and make your voice heard on what you like or don’t like. Thanks for reading and listening!

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Here’s some of what I’ve been reading of late

hi all,

Here’s what I’ve been reading of late that people might find of interest.

  • Financial Cyber Threat Sharing Group Phished (Krebs on Security) This article was of interest because the financial industry has control of our money and allows us to either spend what we have, or go broke, depending on our own financial situation. They don’t have a say so on how we spend our money, but money is printed and the whole bit so we have it available. The fact that anyone in any sector can be phished shows how vulnerable the human mind is. It just takes one mistake to have an issue.
  • Nuance Communications says NotPetya attack has cost it $92 million since June (Cyberscoop) I selected this one for the blog because we all know who Nuance Communications is. They are the ones who gave us some voices for our access technology and other products. The fact they’re in other businessesdoesn’t surprise me. The fact they got hit with ransomware or malware doesn’t necessarily surprise me either, because we just don’t know who will get hit with these things today. What gets me is the amount of money lost by such an attack. 92 million dollars to lose is a big amount for a company and the original story before I read it had a figure of almost 100 million. My only questions is how they come up with these numbers. I’m not saying they’re wrong, but I’m asking how they can figure out that it is 92 million, 98 million, or even 100 million if thats what they could’ve lost. If they spent that much, I could see that in records, but I believe the number was 92 million lost in potential sales, and that, I’m wondering about.
  • Android still has issues, and this Cyberscoop article might be of interest to you. New Android malware steals user data, records audio and incurs phone charges is the article, and is something to be aware of.
  • In the what the hell department, I saw this article from Cyberscoop entitled Big banks want to weaken the internet’s underlying security protocol and I was like what the hell? What are they thinking? Read this and submit your comments.
  • Trust certificates is the way SSL works. In a very shocking article, Cyber Scoop is reporting that 23,000 certs were recently revoked in an article Trustico revokes 23,000 SSL certificates due to compromise and I just had to shake my head.

There’s plenty more on my twitter feed that might catch your attention. Let me know your thoughts.

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The Feds Can Now (Probably) Unlock Every iPhone Model In Existence

Oh boy. Here we go. What do you all think?

Sources say iPhone X and iPhone 8 can already be unlocked via Israeli company Cellebrite, one of America’s favorite contractors.

Source: The Feds Can Now (Probably) Unlock Every iPhone Model In Existence

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Mandatory data breach reporting starts for small business

Just read this article entitled Mandatory data breach reporting starts for small business and I want to make sure that users who come across this blog are aware of the new changes. One of the things that it says that is of importance deals with fines after a breach if notification is not made. One number that comes out is 360,000 and the other is 1.8 million dollars respectively.

Don’t get caught in this. I try to make sure people have their information protected the best I can. I’m based in the United States, and we don’t have a say so when our information gets taken. I think this should be something adopted no matter where you live, as it can be something we can all learn from what Australia is doing.

Here is a portion that might be of use from this article:


“Severe consequences

Small businesses have been warned the consequences of a data breach can be severe; from financial to brand and reputational damage, Paul Gracey, director
of printing systems for HP South Pacific says.

“Security threats are evolving every day. Due to reduced effectiveness of firewall protection, every device on an organisation’s network is at risk, and
unfortunately printing and imaging devices are overlooked and left exposed.”

Security blind spots threaten to unhinge small business owners, such as visual hacking (where confidential data is read directly from a device’s screen
without permission), he says.

Over half of the respondents flagged ‘‘employee carelessness’’ as a significant security threat to their business, with concerns not just over the behaviour
of staff when outside the office, but external threats such as visual hacking, Gracey says.

“Think about the number of times you’ve opened your work laptop on the train or bus, only to catch someone looking over your shoulder.”

Visual hacking is a problem for small business. figure
Visual hacking is a problem for small business.
Visual hacking is a problem for small business. figure end

The not-so-humble printer is increasingly becoming the entry point of choice for hackers, and as SMBs remain focused on security software, hackers are
looking to printers as the easy way into a business.

Gracey explains that smart printers can retain sensitive information and are often excluded from risk assessments. “Small businesses need to ask what data
they have, where it’s kept and where it is being used,” he says.”


If nothing else, we know no matter the business, nobody is prepared. Lets have a discussion on what we can do to start the process of doing the best we can, even though a lot of it is out of out of our hands.

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Talking technology and security, podcast 4

Podcast 4 of the talking tech and security show is now up. Go to our RSS feed to pick up your copy.


Here are the show notes:


Welcome to podcast 4 of the talking tech and security show on 986themix.com and wherever else it may go. This week, several different topics came up, and one, we didn’t have time to cover but will link to in case people want to comment.

  • Our first topic deals with Microsoft and Be my Eyes. This article from Microsoft entitled Microsoft joins Be My Eyes app to provide tech support to Blind and Low Vision customers is where you can read more. Join the discussion as well. According to a paragraph in the article, it says: “Through the new app update, customers in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Ireland, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, and the United States will be able to connect with the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk.” This is a first step and this got a lot of praise.
  • Next, from Cyberscoop, Report: Cybercrime causes over $600 billion in damage annually comes from Cyberscoop. Lots of different comments from this one, and the numbers are staggering. I have a feeling that its only going to get worse.
  • The third item talks about technology and its usage by various people. Herbie facilitates this talk, and you’re welcome to join in.
  • The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld was discussed. One of our guests talked about the Tor (anonymity network) browser and other aspects. This was enlightening, learning that the browser is accessible and usable. Many people were surprised on what it was about and what people can find in the underbelly of the Internet. For those using NLS services, the Digital book number is DB 82835. The description from bard says: “Description: Technology academic and columnist explores areas of the Internet that are havens for questionable activities. Examines the growth of the Internet
    from its earliest days, types of personalities who benefit from anonymity, and how the Internet is used outside the public eye. Strong language and some
    descriptions of sex. 2014.” I have this on my wishlist to read.
  • In a topic we did not cover due to time constraints, we had planned to talk about elder fraud. An article found through the FBI entitled: Elder Fraud: Law Enforcement Action Aimed at Those Who Victimize Senior Citizens. If you want us to cover this topic in a future program, please let us know.

To contact us, please Email us at techsec@986themix.com or follow our twitter page who’s name can be gotten from listening to the show. Thanks so much for listening, and make it a great day!

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The zone is closing

There is no official date for the zone bbs closing, but it is now officially announced. Some months ago, it was rumored that the zone was closing on a thread on there. There was nothing official, and I was just curious on what was up.

On February 18, 2018: it was announced and a mass log in was announced for 9 eastern on that day. At the time I logged in, there was a total of 117 total users logged in. People are allowed to exchange contact info, and I’d say that you should do that with people you trust.

While I’ve dropped off the zone for awhile, and haven’t really participated for a number of years, I have enjoyed my time. It was an interesting ride, and I did get first on one of the week’s football pools and I had a lot of fun.
There have been people bashing, and people who are nice. One of the threads indicates a replacement site, but it seems to be on a forum site. While I respect people wanting to have a site that would be similar to the zone, I don’t think a forum site is the right solution.

Now-a-day, sites like face book and twitter have become more accessible, and of course linked in for those who are looking for jobs or connections.

My user number over on the zone is 769, so you can find information on contacting me there., and of course, this blog will continue to run and podcasts released.

To J.J. and the gang, it has been fun. Thanks for creating a very interesting site.

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Talking tech and security podcast 3

We had a great show, and it was fun to do. Please go to our RSS feed to pick up your copy.


Welcome to tech and security, podcast 3. On this program, we are going to talk about several different topics including an update to a blind individual who was involved in swatting, social engineering, and other types of crime. Herbie Allen is also along with a segment dealing with technology and younger youth, and we also have a segment on Meltdown and Spector as Armando joins us. Below, please find some links to articles that might be of interest to you.

We hope you’ll enjoy the show as much as we have putting it together for you. Please Email techsec@986themix.com with thoughts, comments, and suggestions on things to cover for future shows.

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More Russia news in regards to metaling in our election

Hi all,

On an earlier post, we linked to a news article with a link to news in regards to Russia’s involvement in the United States Election. I’d like to take this opportunity to give you a couple of more articles that may be better to read.

I hope that these articles may help to shed the light on the serious problem that we had in the elections. We’ll of course keep you up to date when we learn more, as social media, and other aspects of technology was used.

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Robert Mueller charges 13 and one company for interfeerence

Read Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals for election meddling is the story dealing with the potential issue of the elections and how they were messed with. It does link to another page, and the article here is quite short. I downloaded the video that was found on you tube, and you can get to Special Counsel Mueller’s video by using this link to go there. Thanks so much for listening and participating.

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Equifax hack worse than previously thought: Biz kissed goodbye to card expiry dates, tax IDs etc • The Register

This is the update on the equifax deal that has been going on. I saw a retweet but this comes from Sans via the registor in the UK.

Pwned credit-score biz quietly admits more info lost

Source: Equifax hack worse than previously thought: Biz kissed goodbye to card expiry dates, tax IDs etc • The Register

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Hotbraille now a spanish site dealing with Java

Hi all,

Those of us who have been around awhile on the net remember a site called hotbraille.com. I got a piece of text that wasn’t translated properly, so sent an Email. They just said resubmit it. It was important, so I went elsewhere. It worked with short texts up to 2 pages or so of print.

For the longest time, the site was dormant, and decided to check in to it today. It looks like, and I have it confirmed, that Hot Braille is now a site promoting the teaching of Java in Spanish.

One thing I worry about when we have a good site that closes for some reason or another, is the bad that can come with the particular site. In this case, I think the promotion of Java in an alternate language other than English is all right by me. I don’t think it fits the domain, and I’m wondering why they chose that one for a spanish blog on Java? We’ll never know.

I thought I’d write about this, in hopes people might find it interesting.

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Tech 272

In this podcast, an update on Mr. Weigman from way back in 2008 and podcast 62. Then, we’ve got an NVDA segment and something to think about that. Its on our RSS feed for you to go get.

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Talking technology and security, podcast 2

Technology podcast 2 of the tech and security show is up on its RSS feed. This show has its notations done a little bit differently, and the RSS feed has them. Below, please find these notes.


Welcome to the second broadcast of the technology show here on 986 the mix entitled Talking Tech and Security. I’m Jared Rimer, and I hope you’ll enjoy your listen. We have several links and topics for you to reference. Remember that you can Email us at techsec@986themix.com with your thoughts and comments.

Thanks for listening, and we hope you enjoy your stay!

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Talking Tech and Security, podcast 1

Hello folks,

98.6 the mix is an Internet Radio station where I run two independent artist shows. There is a new DJ that came to us and asked us to produce a show talking tech and security. This show premiered this last Saturday, the 3rd.

I thought it’d be a cool idea to cross post the show to this podcast, as we can have a pannel of people talking about various things.

Don’t worry, this podcast will continue, in fact, we have a new podcast almost ready to go.

Here is the show discription from the mix’s schedule.


This show will talk about the latest in technology and security including but not limited to accessibility, IOS, Android, and the underground.


I believe this can only supplement the podcast I already run. This show also contains music, and a couple of promos about other shows across the network.

I’m only the board operator, not the music selector, but I hope you’ll enjoy the show anyway.

Here is the RSS feed for the show.

Here is the show notes for our very first show.


Hello folks, welcome to our first ever show talking about tech and security with Laura and Jared. We’ve got several different topics for you today. The first topic is dealing with Net Neutrality. We have an article entitled: the net neutrality repeal and next steps. This article is a little dated, but we do not have any other information about this at this time. We have two dumb criminal awards thanks to Krebs on Security. The first: Drugs Tripped Up Suspects In First Known ATM “Jackpotting” Attacks in the US . In this story, there is an attached video from a well known hacker named Barnaby Jack, who is a well known hacker and has done demonstrations dealing with various things. This was a bonus black hat talk. The first article that came out about this was an article entitled: First ‘Jackpotting’ Attacks Hit U.S. ATMs . This was the first time in United States History that this has ever been recorded where something this big has occurred. In the dumb criminal award and the prior story, we see that someone gets caught, with the ATM and some drugs, bad combo? Finally, File Your Taxes Before Scammers Do It For You talks about how we has citizens need to file our taxes before the bad guys do, or suffer the consequences of not being able to file. We also will have a segment dealing with early technology and how it began for us in the assistive technology standpoint of things. During a segment of talking tech, Laura was asking about floppies. Here’s a link to the history of the floppy disk via Wikipedia. Contact information is given throughout the show. Thanks for listening!


Enjoy the show and feel free to contact us! Thanks for reading.

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