Archive for January 4th, 2017

Leadership – Techniques to encourage personal growth of others

John Maxwell reflects on the need to encourage members of the team in their personal growth in sharing the following three key techniques

Whenever I write or speak on the subject of leadership, I share that the best leaders are always on the lookout for opportunities to help people in their organizations grow. Helping team members grow is a great way to enhance your own growth and develop together as a team.

1. Be Quick to Listen — We live in a world that is clamoring to be heard. Between social media, blogs, video journals, podcasts and traditional media, a lot is being said, but not many are listening. So when you go out of your way to listen, you are communicating two things: one, that the person speaking has value, and two, that you want to add value to them.

2. Be Quick to Laugh — Nothing helps a person more than someone willing to share a laugh in times of stress, or times of trouble, or times of joy. That’s because laughter creates positivity. And positivity is essential for anyone trying to grow. After all, personal growth often comes with mistakes, bumps, and bruises, so it’s especially helpful when we have someone to help us laugh our way through the rough patches.

3. Be Quick to Encourage — It’s important to remember that we often see positive things in others that they don’t see in themselves. They may suspect these truths, but to have someone else come along and honestly point them out is a difference maker in ways we can’t imagine. When someone else sees and says the truth about who someone is capable of being, it goes a long way toward encouraging them to grow into that potential.

Ransomware – New Doxware technique makes sensitive documents public

A new technique described as “Doxware” is where sensitive documents are published in a “wikileaks” type fashion publicly until payment is rendered. While this would be targeted for highly specific companies or individuals, it is designed to bring in greater ransom payments.

The latest form of malware holds computers hostage and compromises the privacy of conversations, photos, and sensitive files. In recent years, ransomware has become a growing concern for companies in every industry. Between April 2015 and March 2016, the number of individuals affected by ransomware surpassed 2 million — a 17.7% increase from the previous year.

Many companies have figured out that they can avoid paying these ransoms by wiping a system clean, restoring it with backup drives, and going about business without being held hostage. But as a result of increased ransom-avoidance, cybercriminals have created an even more insidious threat. Imagine malware that combines ransomware with a personal data leak: this is what the latest threat, doxware, looks like.

With doxware, hackers hold computers hostage until the victim pays the ransom, similar to ransomware. But doxware takes the attack further by compromising the privacy of conversations, photos, and sensitive files, and threatening to release them publicly unless the ransom is paid. Because of the threatened release, it’s harder to avoid paying the ransom, making the attack more profitable for hackers.

Doxware requires strategic, end-to-end planning, which means hackers will target their victims more deliberately. Therefore, malicious players will be more intentional in whom they attack, giving corporate leaders, politicians, celebrities, and other public figures cause for concern.

Intel – 2017 Kaby Lake CPU processor details

This article and slideshow, from Extreme Tech, shares details for INTEL’s 7th generation CPU chips:

Intel didn’t just launch the new Core i7-7700K desktop CPU, it made a comprehensive update to its entire product line. The initial Kaby Lake mobile refresh was limited to a handful of SKUs; with this launch Intel is bringing out a larger number of cores intended for every price point. The new chips are, for the most part, drop-in replacements for the Skylake SKUs Intel launched in 2015 and 2016, though most of the models feature at least a small clock jump over and above what Skylake offered.

Kaby Lake is priced nearly identically to Skylake in virtually every case, but the Core i5-7600K has a 3.8GHz base clock and a 4.2GHz turbo clock, whereas the Core i5-6700K was a 3.5GHz – 3.9GHz chip. These gains are preserved through most of the product stack; the 35W Core i5-7400T has a 2.4GHz base, 3GHz turbo, compared with the Core i5-6400T with its 2.2GHz base and 2.8GHz turbo.

There’s a new nomenclature attached to many of Intel’s 15W and 28W CPUs. These new chips feature what Intel is calling “Iris Plus,” meaning they incorporate a 64MB EDRAM chip alongside the GPU core. The 128MB EDRAM cores that Intel has previously shipped with Skylake and Broadwell aren’t being carried over to the Iris Plus line, at least not for now. OEM uptake on these cores has never been high, even though they can improve integrated graphics performance by almost 100%.

All of the new 7th-Generation chips support VP9 hardware decode, as well as supporting H.265 encode/decode completely in hardware. As a result, all of these cores are comparable with streaming 4K video from Netflix or any other service that agrees to use Windows PlayReady DRM via the Edge browser. Intel has already said it won’t bring its EDRAM to any desktop quad-core SKUs this cycle, so if you were hoping for a non-embedded chip with Iris Plus you’ll have to look for a Skylake-based core or consider the Broadwell-based Core i7-5775C, which does have the 128MB cache.

USB Flash Drives – Kingston 1TB and 2TB devices

Kingston will offer 1TB and 2TB next month with the new DataTraveler Ultimate GT USB flash drive as described below:

We are now spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding how to carry data around. There’s USB sticks, portable hard drives that don’t require a power cable, SD cards, and of course, the cloud. So the limiting factor isn’t how to carry data around in your pocket, it’s how much you can carry?

According to Betanews, Kingston is increasing the answer we can give to that question to 2TB next month with the launch of its DataTraveler Ultimate GT USB flash drive. By squeezing 2TB of storage into the Ultimate GT, Kingston can claim to offer the world’s largest capacity USB flash drive.

The Ultimate GT will be made available in 1TB and 2TB capacities with USB 3.1 transfer speeds, which is a good move considering how much data you can transfer on and off this stick. USB 3.1 offers a maximum of 1,280MB/s transfer speeds, although getting anywhere near that speed depends as much on the USB port as the drive itself.  It uses a zinc-alloy metal casing “for shock resistance,” includes a 5-year warranty