Travel without a Real ID in 2018 will be challenging for 10 states

REAL ID Federal Enforcement Act passed by Congress in 2005 “set standards for issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses”.  This is going to be enforced in early 2018.  I am sure these 10 states will do something.. just no idea what yet?

Source: Home Land Security – https://www.dhs.gov/federal-enforcement

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January 22, 2018

All non-compliant states/territories will be subject to REAL ID enformcement at TSA checkpoints

I have started to see posters pop up in airports.  Basically you are going to have a bad day (I’m sure something will be done) if you try to use a drivers license from these states

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  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Pennsylvania
  • Montana
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Washington

REAL ID compliant Alternative IDs

This assumes your states haven’t gotten with it

  • Driver’s licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)
  • Permanent resident card
  • Border crossing card
  • DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
  • Airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
  • Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
  • HSPD-12 PIV card
  • Foreign government-issued passport
  • Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
  • Transportation worker identification credential
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
  • U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential

Source: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709) Deprecated Features – PowerShell 2.0 is EOL among others

Fall Created Update (2017 RS3 1709) will be removing some more security holes.  I wonder if some of these are in response to the SMB1 fiasco (WannaCry for example).

  • TLS RC4 ciphers.
  • The SCCM Windows Hello deployed feature which has been replaced with the Registration Authority of Active Directory Federation Services
  • SysKey.exe gone in favor of Bitlocker
  • Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is being removed for Windows Defined Exploit Guard (WDEG) feature
  • PowerShell 2.0 is very security holey – Twitter Tears Shed – Jeffery Snover
    • For example you can invoke PoSH 2.0 if it is installed.  Since it lacks logging you will have no idea what happened.  Most companies I work with just remove it from 1703.

Posted July 20th 2017 a list of features that are being depreciated or Removed from 1709.

Deprecated

Windows PowerShell 2.0

Applications and components should be migrated to PowerShell 5.0+.

Microsoft Paint

Will be available through the Windows Store. Functionality integrated into Paint 3D.

RSA/AES Encryption for IIS

We recommend that users use CNG encryption provider.

System Image Backup (SIB) Solution

We recommend that users use full-disk backup solutions from other vendors.

TLS RC4 Ciphers

To be disabled by default. For more information, see the following Windows IT Center topic:

TLS (Schannel SSP) changes in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016

Removed

Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)

Use will be blocked. Consider using the Exploit Protection feature of Windows Defender Exploit Guard as a replacement.

Syskey.exe

Removing this nonsecure security feature. We recommend that users use BitLocker instead. For more information, see the following Knowledge Base article:

4025993 Syskey.exe utility is no longer supported in Windows 10 RS3 and Windows Server 2016 RS3

TCP Offload Engine

Removing this legacy code. This functionality was previously transitioned to the Stack TCP Engine. For more information, see the following PFE Platform Blog article:

Why Are We Deprecating Network Performance Features (KB4014193)?

 

 

Full List Source: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4034825/features-that-are-removed-or-deprecated-in-windows-10-fall-creators-up

Ding Dong Flash is Dead… on mobiles in 2020

Flash is dead…on mobile devices… in 2020 (same as Windows 7)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-adobe-systems-flash-idUSKBN1AA22R

 

Oh Happy Day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zT8AyfsFmA

 

Unfortunately it will still be supported on desktop browsers.  However, I would not consider it far fetched to envision a world where more people user Mobile browsers than desktop ones.   I for one will never mind the constant security headache and popup ads killing my devices.

 

Free eBooks from Microsoft

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/mssmallbiz/2017/07/11/largest-free-microsoft-ebook-giveaway-im-giving-away-millions-of-free-microsoft-ebooks-again-including-windows-10-office-365-office-2016-power-bi-azure-windows-8-1-office-2013-sharepo/?ranMID=24542&ranEAID=lw9MynSeamY&ranSiteID=lw9MynSeamY-wEHi3i0.hlt_HnAwmoDS7w&tduid=(00fbd30d71024abaab2b5cb6c5e7c446)(256380)(2459594)(lw9MynSeamY-wEHi3i0.hlt_HnAwmoDS7w)()

 

Free eBooks.. get em while they are … free!

Including:

  • Windows 10
  • Office 365
  • Office 2016
  • Power BI
  • Azure
  • Windows 8.1
  • Office 2013
  • SharePoint 2016
  • SharePoint 2013
  • Dynamics CRM
  • PowerShell
  • Exchange Server
  • System Center
  • Cloud
  • SQL Server and more!

Travel: Marriott new renewal expiration date

I just got my status renewal email for Marriott Platinum Elite.  Yes, I hit 75 nights already this year. Lots of travel.   What I found interesting is the expiration is June of 2019 not Jan 1st of 2019.  I wonder if this is due to the planned SPG integration next year.

As with all the travel and uptempo business year my apologize for the lack of posting.  I have a huge backlog that I will start hitting publish on soon.

 

Fitness: Working From Home Treadmill Desk

I purchased a LifeSpan Walking desk almost 4 years ago.  maxresdefaultI use it every day I am home.  I have learned many things over the years but fundamentally it all boils down to this:

Get busy living.  Or Get busy dying.

I work in a tech job from home.  Which means I normally sit the full day and then some.  I decided I wanted to up my activity level and the best way to do that was not only a standing desk but a treadmill desk.

Lots of studies show that standing is better than sitting.  Lots of studies show dubious benefits of treadmill desks.  Those studies all show the same thing.  Treadmill desks are good but not sure how exactly.  LOL.  Sounds like science in action.

The reason I am writing this is because I have decided to replace my desk but keep my treadmill.  The new desk is a Jarvis by Fully (nee Ergo Depot).  Until the end of June you can get 10% off with the coupon code LiveSummer.  Here is a review from the NYT http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-standing-desk/

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If you have ever though of jumping into the standing business.. this is a great desk and a nice discount.

I have a lot more detail on this topic and would be happy to share it.  One thing that I do find interesting.  The treadmill only goes up to 4mph.  However, I spend most of my time at about 2mph.  Listening to calls at 3.2 mph.  Talking on calls about 1.4 mph.  Writing at about 1mph.  And being super focused on my couch.

 

Finance: 69% have less $1000 saved – Really?

2016 Results

2015 Results

69% of american have less than $1000 saved.
Really? Really?

I started saving as much as I could even during my first job in High School. Income’s are not stable. Plan for the worst and hope for the best.

At the least blog people:

  • Get the match your company retirement provides
  • Find your budget (you can’t set one if you don’t know what you are).
  • Find your debts interest rates.
  • Review it all.
  • Pay down debt.
  • Save Money
  • Invest Money to make Money

Once you understand what/where you are financially; be debt free.

You can open a whole new door of investing and income generation.

You really are much happier when you understand where you and work to get better.

  • Save you a click – yes having money makes you happier.  The amount of money varies for happiness.  Being uber wealthy doesn’t make you happier than being wealthy… so yea be wealthy 🙂

Looks like I am going to be writing a series of articles on personal finances coming soon!