Malware spam attack update February 17, 2017

On February 16 to February 17, 2017, malware gained access to my web site. The malware generated spam messages that were routed to my Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr account pages.

This malware attack occurred while our Internet access was down (or mostly down) over the past 3 days. Fortunately, Internet service has been restored today and I have removed the spam messages from the Twitter and Facebook pages – still need to clean up the Tumblr page.

I believe I have successfully deleted the malware from the web site as there have been no more spam messages sent during the past 90 minutes.

My guess is the malware infected a “plug in” to the web site. Specifically, I think the plug-in was infected as part of a plug-in update. When the web site automatically updated to new versions, it downloaded the infected new code, installed that and began spamming.

Canon introduces new cameras and lenses in advance of CP+ trade show #Canon #Cameras


Canon EOS 77D Digital SLR Camera Body – Black – $899.99

Canon EOS 77D Digital SLR Camera Body Kit, with EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens – $1,049.00

Canon EOS 77D DSLR Camera Kit, with EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens- $1,499.00

Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera Body – $749.00

Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens – $899.00

Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens – $1,299.00
Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body – $779.00

Black and Silver versions


Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Digital Camera Kit with EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens – $899.00

Black and Silver versions


Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Digital Camera Black Kit with EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM – $1,279.00

Black and Silver versions


CANON EF-S 18-55 F/3.5-5.6 IS STM LENS – $249.00


Canon BR-E1 Wireless Remote for T7i and 77D – $49.95
Canon EVC-DC2 Electronic Viewfinder Black – for EOS M6 / EOS M3 / PowerShot G1 X Mark II / PowerShot G3 X – $209.95

Black and Silver

#3D TV is dead in Australia, but smartphone-based #VR3D #VR viewers may replace TVs

As I’ve said before, smart phones provide an inexpensive entry point for virtual reality viewing:

A key benefit is that it does not require you to buy a new TV. Instead, you can use a smartphone, which 84% of Australians already have.

Source: 3D television is dead… so what next?

Consumer 3D TV died for multiple reasons

  1. Little to no content available (huge reason)
  2. Expense of purchasing a new TV just after many had upgraded to HDTV.
  3. The global economic collapse in 2009 onwards.
  4. And as the article notes, many parts of the world were just converting to digital television transmission, adding another hurdle for consumers.

Basically, timing and lack of content ended the consumer 3D TV market – and had nothing to do with having to wear glasses to view 3D, contrary to widespread news reporters assertions that 3D died because of “3D goggles” (the same reporters now gush over VR “helmets”).

While 3D TV has mostly disappeared for now, a lot of people are viewing 3D using VR 3D “Google Cardboard” viewers with their smart phones. There are Youtube videos targeting this audience that have been watched hundreds of thousands of times.