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Heartbleed Relief: Replace the Default SSL Certificate in Parallels Plesk Panel

If you have a web site with an SSL certificate then you are probably affected by the Heartbleed vulnerability which popped into general visibility. If your server is vulnerable, you need to do two things: Update openssl Replace your SSL

Posted in Internet, Safety, Software

The Flight Not Taken

car crash in snow

Let’s talk about a road not taken, less romantic than Frost’s. … Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost My phone rang one

Posted in Aviation, Safety

You want me to register my WHAT?

To operate an automobile, I have to register the vehicle with the state government. I also have to register myself, demonstrate that I have been trained in the safe operation of the vehicle, and maintain a government issued license for

Posted in Government, Rants & Raves, Safety

Missouri Teachers Challenge Facebook Ban

Good news: The Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA) filed a law suit on Friday challenging Missouri Senate Bill 54, also known as the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act. The MSTA has asked the court to block implementation of the law

Posted in Communicating, Family, Government, Safety, Technology

Bad Policy: Forbidding Social Network Contact Between Teachers and Students

Missouri is in the process of implementing a particularly bad law, forbidding contact on social networks between teachers and students. Formally, this is Missouri Senate Bill 54, the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act. The aim is laudable: protect vulnerable kids from

Posted in Communicating, Family, Government, Rants & Raves, Safety, Technology

When the Weather Cooperates

When last I wrote about weather, I had cancelled my flight to Oshkosh, Wisconsin because of thunderstorms between home and my destination. I speculated that there was a small chance that the storms would move east, allowing me to fly

Posted in Aviation, Safety, Travel

How Pilots Look at Weather

People often look at me funny because I either choose to fly or choose to cancel a flight when the opposite course seems right. It happens because pilots look at weather a little bit differently, but that can be hard

Posted in Aviation, Safety, Travel

Are Psycho-Active Drugs Ineffective and Dangerous?

There seems to be mounting evidence that psycho-active drugs are no more effective than placebos; that they may cause real harm; and that the belief that many mental illnesses are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain has never been

Posted in Biology, Business, Health, Pyschology, Safety

That Comfy Small Town Feeling

I remember how nice it was, after I moved from Chicago to Valparaiso, IN, that I could tell someone my name and he knew where I lived. It was a small town. We all knew where pretty much everybody lived.

Posted in Internet, Safety

2,4-D Precautions

The chemical 2,4-D is a primary ingredient in many common home-use herbicides and I always figured that it must be safe. This morning, I was disturbed to find this on OSHA’s Occupational Safety and Health Guideline for 2,4-D (DICHLOROPHENOXYACETIC ACID):

Posted in Gardening, Health, Safety