Tuesday Sweep: 4 September 2018

Your weekly reminder to back up your data, update software and otherwise pay attention to your digital environment. (Oh, and to head to the CRASH Space meeting…)

When does fall start? Well, according to Astronomical Calendars, Saturday, September 22, 2018, at exactly 6:54 P.M. PST marks the moment of the Fall Equinox. According to Meteorological Calendars September 1st kicked off Pumpkin Latte season.   Here in SoCal, the warm growing season wraps up this month, with the cool growing season kicking off in October.  LA Unified started instruction about two weeks ago, although I still think of September as the start of school. In fact, September marked the beginning of the civic calendar back since it really was the Seventh Month.  Jewish Communities will be celebrating a New Years that goes back for thousands of years in less than a week and it’s time to get your moon cakes. This time of year has cultivated it’s liminal vibe for eons.  So let’s go with that.

What does that mean for this week? We return to the theme of Connectivity.  How do we connect? What do we connect to? This week time though, in honor of September, spend a little bit of time thinking – Why do we connect at all?

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Weekly Basics

  • Check that backup systems are actually running. (more)
  • Update main computer(s), phone(s) and tablet(s). (more)
  • Clean out and reset wallet/purse/laptop bag/vehicle. (more)
  • Spend some time adding passwords to your password manager and updating flagged passwords. (more)
  • Wipe down your main devices, physically! (more)
  • What neglected inbox will you check today? (more)

This Week’s Focus:

Zone 01:  Connectivity

  • Any new ISP choices available to you? Hassled your elected officials lately about that? Have fun researching alternatives! (more)
  • If you’ve rolled your own VPN, update it. (more)
  • Reboot your router at the least, reset it if possible.  (more)
  • Double check firewall settings (more)
  • Update antivirus software (more)
  • Make sure HTTPs everywhere is fully enabled. (more)
  • If applicable, re-image sacrificial devices (more)
  • Spend a little time learning how the internet works. (more)


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I have a plant acquisition problem. I don’t always have a too many plants in my yard problem, because well, in our heat, let’s just say they weed themselves.  That said I got a ton of sacrifices new members of the family while stopping at the Drought Resistant Nursery in Monterey last week. You can blame my jaunt along the coast for why y’all didn’t get a Tuesday sweep. I brought home a ton of Salvia‘s a couple of osteospermum and a (not picturedArbutus Marina.  Also in picture,  Angelonia and Echinacea bought, um, since getting home… (hides face)



I make things that do stuff. The best, though, is teaching others to do the same. Founder of @crashspacela Alum of @ITP_NYU

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