By now you’ve probably heard about the Heartbleed Bug that has caused an uproar over the last few days. Apparently over the last two years, this bug has affected an unknown number of websites. The good news is that many major websites like Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Tumblr are patched at this point. But the professionals recommended you change your passwords for banking, finance, email and social media sites.
Avoid using the same password for multiple sites; that is the main way to limit the damage these kinds of hacks will cause.
To test a website to see if it has been patched, please go here.
Information on the bug itself can be found in several places, but these are some useful sites: BBC, TechCrunch, Heartbleed.
Some articles with advice on what to do can be found here and here.
Don’t forget to follow us on social media, and change your passwords.
The shortlist for the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals has been announced! Have you read the books? Let us know what you think! The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, one of the fiction shortlist selections, is one of our staff picks. Also on the fiction shortlist are:
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
The nonfiction shortlist is:
On Paper: The Everything of its Two-Thousand Year History by Nicholas A. Basbanes
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
If you’ve read one of these six books and want more, check out these similar nonfiction and fiction titles.
This is your last change to register for the free SAT review class Saturday, April 5. You MUST register to attend and the class is almost full.
We are happy to welcome back Ameer Sohrawardy, an assistant professor of English Literature at Rutgers University – Newark, with over 10 years of experience as an SAT instructor. Professor Sohrawardy will be presenting successful strategies that students can use to confidently handle both the written and essay portions of the SAT exam. There will also be time for Q & A about the entire SAT examination process. Those working to improve their prose writing skills are encouraged to attend as well.
Click on the program title below for more information and to register.
Saturday, April 5, 2014 @ 11 – 12 pm (Main Library – Community Room)
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It might be a bit strange to write a book focusing on a question without an answer but that is precisely what author Lee Billings has done with his new book Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars. Billings, who spent several years researching the topic and interviewing leading experts in the search for extraterrestrial life profiles several personalities whose contributions have played key rolls in the ongoing search.
Tantor Audio have a sample MP3 available here.
PloS’s NeuroTribe blog has an interview with the author here.
Science and technology website Ars Technica has a detailed review.
The audiobook of this title can be placed on hold here.