Mapping the Coronavirus


First off …

Today marks a day of rotating strike action by ETFO members in the following districts:

  • Durham
  • Lambton Kent
  • Algoma

Details here.


You can’t turn on the news on radio or television or read any news anywhere that a story about the Coronavirus doesn’t show up. It’s also the source of memes spreading on social media. By itself, that’s a lesson in media.

John Hopkins University has created an interactive map that’s regularly updated to show the spread of the virus. You can access it here.

The opening default centres itself on China where most of the cases have been found.

But, as we know from the news reports, it’s not isolated there.

In the bottom right corner, you can zoom out to get a world-wide perspective.

Beyond the visuals, keep yourself informed by country in the top left scroll box or by specific city/area in the scroll box on the right side of the screen.

Details about the project can be found here.

Sadly, there is no vaccine currently that will cure anyone infected. In the meantime, common sense advice is the best we have.

Stay ahead of the bad guys


It’s a shame but the number of people who would attack your computer and compromise your data is on the rise.  Is it healthy to be paranoid?  After all, what are the chances that someone is going to exploit a weakness in your computer?

It would be difficult to arrive at a figure, but all that it would take is one exploit to attack you and you and your information could be toast.  Or, worse than that, your identity stolen.

How do you stay on top of things?

There’s the common knowledge that you need to patch your operating system, patch all of your applications, run anti-virus, run anti-spyware, …

How do you know where to start?  How do you know if and when your applications need patching or attention?

For me, it’s Secunia, a Danish security firm.  This firm stays on top of rumours, announcements, and does their own research about the status of software packages.  Yes, there are advantages to having automatic updates turned on.  But, do you have them all turned on?  What about software that doesn’t auto-update?  What if your software hasn’t polled to get the latest patch as you download that attachment that arrived by email?  (btw, shame on you…)

Secunia offers an email subscription service.  As soon as they know of it, you will be notified by email.  If you are fascinated by this whole area of computing as am I, check out the Secunia blog.

This will keep you on top of the breaking security stories, and most importantly, keep your computer and your data safe.

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