CISA’s Logging Made Easy, World Digital Preservation Day, Preserving Photographs, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 1, 2023


CISA: CISA Announces New Release of Logging Made Easy. “The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announces a new release of Logging Made Easy, a Windows-based, free and open log management solution designed to help organizations more effectively use available security data to detect and address cyber threats.”


Digital Library of Georgia: November 2 is World Digital Preservation Day 2023!. “We completely understand that most people don’t have the bandwidth to thoughtfully consider long-term preservation as well as access–but please remember there are people and resources that you can call upon to ensure your digital content is preserved.”


Southeast Missourian: Missouri State Archives produces video series on preserving photographs. “The Missouri State Archives is offering a YouTube series on preserving photographs. The seven-part series includes information on how to identify certain types of photography, the inherent preservation challenges with each type of photograph, as well as processes on properly storing, handling and displaying them.” I watched the first minute of part 1 to check the captions. They were excellent though with one odd error: “which aids in” was transcribed “which AIDS in”.

MakeUseOf: 7 Websites to Practice Data Structure & Algorithm Coding Challenges. “Software engineering interviews often involve several rounds. Data structures and algorithms are one of the critical areas that employers may test. As such, it’s a no-brainer that you need to sharpen your data structures and algorithms (DSA) skills if you want to ace technical interviews. Fortunately, there are many websites you can use to learn about DSA and practice your understanding.”


WIRED: Inside Elon Musk’s First Election Crisis—a Day After He ‘Freed’ the Bird. “The day after Elon Musk closed his deal to buy Twitter, the company’s Seattle office held a Halloween party for employees and their children. Rebecca Scott Thein dressed in bright green to play an alien to her daughter’s Buzz Lightyear. Thein, whose job at Twitter (now X) was to help the platform plan for and navigate elections, was driving to the party when an urgent call came in. On the other end of the phone was a member of Twitter’s policy team. The company had just received a ‘consent decree’—essentially, a threat of legal action—in Brazil, which was about to hold runoffs for highly polarized presidential and gubernatorial elections.”

Wales Online: Burglary victim tracked down £23k stolen car using Google Earth. “Jamie began messaging the thief on Snapchat who was demanding £2,000 to return the vehicle and ‘gained their trust by being friendly to them.’ Meanwhile tech savvy Jamie helped Jayy do a reverse image search of the building the car was parked next to and managed to triangulate the location after spotting the name of a housing estate on a wheelie bin. The pair then used Google Earth to identify the exact street where the vehicle was parked before calling police.”


The Diplomat: Former Myanmar Information Minister Arrested Over Social Media Posts. “Ye Htut, a former army officer, served as information minister and presidential spokesperson in the military-backed administration of President Thein Sein. In a statement yesterday, the military’s information office said the 64-year-old had been detained on Saturday evening in connection with ‘spreading wrong information on social media.'”

CBC News: Toronto Public Library dealing with cybersecurity ‘incident’ impacting some services. “The Toronto Public Library’s website, map passes and digital collections cannot be accessed, the library said in a statement that appears when users try to access the website. It said public computers and printing services at branches are also unavailable.”


Daily Bruin: Opinion: Internet privacy matters more than Google’s glittering facade. “While the birth of the internet sparked fantasies of a decentralized, democratic utopia through the spread of ideas and global exchange, we might be back at square one. It’s time to re-imagine an internet where human liberty is prioritized and preserved through honoring consumer preferences and hedging back against coercive and exclusionary business models.”

Aalto University: Virtual meetings tire people because we’re doing them wrong. “New research suggests sleepiness during virtual meetings is caused by mental underload and boredom. Earlier studies suggested that fatigue from virtual meetings stems from mental overload, but new research from Aalto University shows that sleepiness during virtual meetings might actually be a result of mental underload and boredom.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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