So when we got here we found that a "new" computer had been installed in the back area at CCNY. It says it's from the WBAI Engineering Department. Of course we no longer have an Engineering Department at WBAI, but then there's a note on this computer from 2008, saying that it's a "test CPU." I'm using it to type up this archive blurb.
This was another of those pitching programs so beloved by all of you, and by us. I don't think we raised any money. We pitched, and we didn't get all that much radio program in, but I suppose that we may as well have just done a regular program, for all the money we raised.
So we talked about going to Coney Island twice in this past fortnight. The second time we were joined by our own Uncle Sidney Smith. Uncle Sidney rode on the B&B Carousell (sic) with Pickles of the North. I will probably do a Web page about that excursion.
We talked about two former WBAI producers who have died this past fortnight.
Margot Adler had been WBAI's News Director back in the '70s. She also started the programs Unstuck in Time and Hour of the Wolf with Jim Freund. She went to NPR in 1979. WBAI has a memorial page for Margot Adler. Ms. Adler died of cancer, she was 68.
Eddie Ellis produced On the Count, a program about prison issues, at WBAI for years. He was a former member of the Black Panther Party. He was incarcerated for 25 years for a murder he always maintained that he hadn't committed. WBAI has a memorial page for Eddie Ellis. Mr. Ellis died of a heart attack, he was 72.
Apropos of our troubles getting here for the last program, the Straphangers Campaign has come out with its ratings for the city's subway lines. The #7 train was at the top of the list. At the bottom was the #2 train. Can you guess which of those trains we take to get to WBAI's studio at CCNY?
We talked about the largest Ebola outbreak ever, which is currently going on in western Africa. Ebola is a terrible disease with a very high mortality rate. This is a serious health hazard, and not just for the people in western Africa. In the past it has killed most of the people in villages it has hit, now it's spreading to more densely populated areas. The Ebola virus showed up in America some years ago when it was discovered that a shipment of macaque monkeys had infected several people at a facility in Reston, Virginia. But Ebola Reston, as it was called, turned out to be a mutation of the deadly Ebola Zaire, and it made some people mildly ill while producing no symptoms in others.
We talked about the group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) taking over a chemical weapons storage facility and a nuclear materials storage facility in Iraq. They have also captured Surface to Air Missiles (SAMs) now. Yeah, they've shown by their mass murdering of those who differ from them in religious views that they're the kind of people who might use what their newly acquired weapons to kill a lot of people.
We talked about a new threat to users of computers and USB flash drives. Two researchers have found a way to infect the firmware of a USB flash drive with malware. The firmware is what makes the USB flash drive work, it can't be erased and in most cases it can't even be seen by the computer user. Without the firmware the USB flash drive can't work at all. The researchers plan to have a proof-of-concept demonstration of their discovery next week. This sort of exploit could really cause problems. USB flash drives are the new floppy disks, how can we get along without them?
I still have 32 followers on Twitter. I'd gotten up to the staggering figure of 33 at some point this past fortnight, but one of them dropped out. Onward and upward!