Wow, what a cautionary tale you've told, Chuck. I can't believe people can get away with this type of thing! Well, I guess I can believe it, seeing how sophisticated and clever data thieves can be. It's a shame you lost your data again, but it's definitely good you shared your story to create awareness of this type of thing.
I did not pay the ransom, Rob. I had the last one-and-a-half years of my stuff backed up, so I didn't lose that. But I did lose everything before that. Some of my earlier back-ups -- on flash drives and even CDs -- were lost last year when my basement flooded. I was in the process (a very slow process, for me, at least) of "re-backing" them when this happened. There were several lessons in this for me, but one of the more important ones is to find a cloud-based way to back up my data.
At this year's MD&M West show, lots of material suppliers are talking about new formulations for wearables and things that stick to the skin, whether it's adhesives, wound dressings, skin patches and other drug delivery devices, or medical electronics.
The US Congress has extended an important tax credit for solar energy, a move that’s good news for future investments in this type of alternative energy and for many stakeholders in the solar industry.
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