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THE PROTOCOL 2021 ©Kevin Costain

Kevin Costain
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Russia has attacked Ukraine. This will have far-reaching implications for the globe and the economy. A horrible time for news as we slowly eke out of this pandemic. I’m sure you’ve all heard about this story ad nauseam so I’ll not add to it. (Reddit Live Thread)

Ⅰ - [Security]> “More than half of attacked Canadian firms paid cyber ransoms: Survey” - grim news that so companies paid to get data back. The CISA is warning of increasing attacks on networks. Right now attacks are noticeably intensified. Ransomware is being used as a distraction for the bigger purpose of destroying data.
Be diligent about opening any links or digital information.
Ⅱ - [Books]> George Stroumboulopoulos has a new book club on Apple called Strombo’s Lit. The former MuchMusic VJ is a longtime collaborator with Apple.
Ⅲ - [Operating Systems]> Big News: Reports say that future Windows versions (even Pro) will require an Internet connection and Microsoft account for step. Local accounts were possible without an Internet connection, but this move is a big one. There are still workarounds, but expect this move to cause considerable pain.
Ⅳ - [Windows]> Apparently remote wiping a computer with Intune leaves data behind.
Ⅴ - [Driving]> Ontario Premier Doug Ford has officially announced the end of license plate stickers. Those that renewed in the last two years will get a refund.
Ⅵ - [Open Source]> DBgate looks like a nice open-source DB client (with Windows support)
Ⅶ - [Travel]> Westjet appears ready to buy Sunwing airlines. This further consolidation of the industry is likely to continue as airlines are all on life-support.
Ⅷ - [Society]> This is a great visualization of urban sprawl in Canada’s cities. Toronto is among the worst for this.
Ⅸ - [Hardware]> Apple held its annual March event and announcements.
-> A new green finish for the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro
-> A new iPhone SE the A15 Bionic chip (same as 1Phone 13) and 5G
-> A new iPad Air with an M1 chip, 5G cell, faster USB-C
-> New Apple silicon - the M1 Ultra CPU.
-> The new Mac Studio and Studio Display. A nice upgrade for pro users looking to run up to three displays. Hard to know if the notoriously fickle pros are going to like it though. The high-end version starts at a staggering $3,999 USD with the display going for $1,500 USD.
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