New Raspberry Pi Zero W Released

Raspberry Pi Foundation has just released a new Raspberry Pi Zero W.
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry-pi-zero-w-joins-family/

    Specifications:

  • 1GHz, single-core CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • Mini-HDMI port
  • Micro-USB On-The-Go port
  • Micro-USB power
  • HAT-compatible 40-pin header
  • Composite video and reset headers
  • CSI camera connector
  • 802.11n wireless LAN
  • Bluetooth 4.0

The difference between ‘Raspberry Pi Zero’ and ‘Raspberry Pi Zero W’, is that the latter has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and it cost $10 rather than $5.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Nancy Shray will be Speaking at MQTC v2.0.1.7

Nancy Shray of Southeastern Grocers will doing a session at MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.7 (MQTC) called “MQ and MQFTE and how they work in Tandem”.

For more information about MQTC, please go to:
http://www.mqtechconference.com

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Lee Wheaton will be Speaking at MQTC v2.0.1.7

Lee Wheaton of M&T Bank will doing a session at MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.7 (MQTC) called “The MQ Vienna Listserver: Lessons from the Past”.

For more information about MQTC, please go to:
http://www.mqtechconference.com

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Tim Zielke will be Speaking at MQTC v2.0.1.7

Tim Zielke of Aon will doing a session at MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.7 (MQTC) called “MQ Tools for your MQ Toolkit”.

For more information about MQTC, please go to:
http://www.mqtechconference.com

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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SQLite v3.17.0 Released

D. Richard Hipp has just released SQLite v3.17.0.
http://www.sqlite.org/news.html

SQLite is a software library that implements a self-contained, serverless, zero-configuration, transactional SQL database engine. SQLite is the most widely deployed SQL database engine in the world. The source code for SQLite is in the public domain.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Text Message Phishing Scam

This text message phishing scam is new, new to me at least. This morning I received the following text message from 905-460-4947

I just so happen to have a bank account with BMO (Bank of Montreal). The first thing I thought was, I guess someone was trying to hack into my account then I thought, wait a minute, I never turned on text message notification. Finally, I looked closely at “Tap to Load Preview” and I saw the URL “bit.do” and I started saying @#$#$^&@#$ (censored for the little ones). Obviously, if it was from BMO, the URL would be “www.bmo.com”.

Upon closer examination, the full phishing URL is “bit.do/ddbzj” which is redirected to “1bmo-validation.com”. NONE of these URLs are for BMO or any other bank.

Because of all the email phishing scams, I never click on a link emailed to me. Now I have learnt something new, criminals (a**holes) are now sending phishing scams via text messages.

So to the world at large, do not click on links sent to you whether that be by emails or text messages. I am sure that these phishing scams will be hitting every bank and financial institution, so if you get one, don’t click on it. Simply go to your browser (or phone app) and input the correct URL, otherwise someone will STEAL YOUR BANKING INFORMATION and, of course, STEAL YOUR MONEY.

The bottom line is that it is safer to type in your own URL rather than pay the consequences and have everything stolen from you.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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IBM MQ FixPack 8.0.0.6 Released

IBM has just released FixPack 8.0.0.6 for IBM MQ
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21995100

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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1st Place in Innovative Design at Ontario Engineering Competition

Richard Lacroix (son #1) and Jolien van Gaalen won 1st place in the Innovative Design category at Ontario Engineering Competition held last weekend in Ottawa, Canada.

You can read about it here:
http://www.eng.uwo.ca/news/2017/OEC_2017_Winners.html

First, Richard and Jolien won the Western Engineering Competition for Innovative Design on January 13-15, 2017. Now they have won the provincial engineering competition for Innovative Design. Next, they get an all expensive trip to Calgary, Alberta for the Canadian Engineering Competition at the University of Calgary on March 2-5, 2017.

This will look good on his resume. Oh wait, the boy is already got a job waiting for him at Google. πŸ™‚ Go knock ’em dead in Calgary!!!

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Who me? IBM Champion for Cloud!

A few months ago, Morag Hughson said she wanted to nominate me to be an IBM Champion. I was honored and said sure.

Well, IBM approved my nomination and officially made me an IBM Champion for Cloud! You can read all about it here: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/ibmchampion/entry/Introducing_the_2017_IBM_Champions_for_Cloud?lang=en

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Pres. Trump says gov’t agencies need better security – MQ security too?

The other day, U.S. President Donald Trump said:

the government agencies need to better protect their networks.

Most of the U.S. government agencies use IBM MQ for their messaging middleware. Application messages that traverse their MQ environment contain confidential and highly secure information.

As many of you know,

A basic setup of IBM MQ Server potentially allows any user to freely access any message in any queue.

Over the years, IBM has taken some basic steps to have more security after a default install of MQ but it is still up to the MQAdmin to do a LOT more work. It is up to the MQAdmin to implement tighter rules and/or add OAM permissions and/or create security exits and/or purchase MQ security solutions and/or purchase SSL certificates, etc.

Capitalware specializes in MQ security. We already help a U.S. government agency protect their MQ environment and we help other government agencies from around the world to protect their MQ environment. We will gladly help any government agency protect their MQ environment.

I would think it is far better to get ahead of the situation rather than be called out by President Trump!!

Capitalware is a different kind of software company. When you purchase one of our MQ security products, you will never again pay for the software, so long as you are current on your Yearly Maintenance Fee. The Yearly Maintenance Fee includes new releases of the software, patches, updates, maintenance and support.

Please feel free to contact us ( support@capitalware.com or sales@capitalware.com ) regarding your MQ security needs. We offer FREE 60-day (or longer) trials of all of our MQ security products which includes FREE support. All of our trials are ‘no strings attached’. We do our best to offer an effortless MQ security solution and provide the very best support.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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