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    Some people – including many in news orgs – have been blitzed by a sophisticated phishing attack today1 in what I can only assume is a vicious attack on people who don’t know how to use email or Google Docs in 2017.

    Luckily, I didn’t click the link.

    But I did manage to bork my machine and force myself to install the OSX 10.12.4 Sierra install twice in 2.5 hours.

    Also now Siri has entered my life for the first time ever, meaning the end has truly begun.

    This was all to install SourceTree in my continued quest to adopt tools at least somewhat in step with the development norms of the era. I guess lapsing on OSX updates for a couple years is enough to leave me creaking by in the Dark Ages.

    Siri is pretty annoying as I keep accidentally clicking her.

    The whole aggrevating process did allow me to kick back and appreciate my own layers of cybersecurity as I slogged through logging back into every single service, app and website, many of which hide behind 2FA. This is why people never restart their machines.

    Siri has started to saying things into my earbuds unbidden.

    I’ve also just about finished building out StribLab, the Star Tribune’s Github repo where all of our data visualizations, tools and other projects are being stored and open sourced for future and public use. The light is nearly at the end of that tunnel after months of archiving and development work. So I should have known that a technocrash was imminent. Hell, it’s finals week too, so the technology in my life just still kinda knows, even three years after graduation. It’s some kind of cosmis PTSD.

    Christ, Siri, is why I don’t use an iPhone.

    Technical quagmires like these rob me of precious productivity during my work day, and just as I was starting to figure out the relationship between SASS, NPM and Gulp for building data visualizations.

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    1. LaFrance, Adrienne. “Did Someone Just Share a Random Google Doc With You?” The Atlantic. May 3, 2017. Link 

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