Ticks Repost

This is an article I posted last year. I didn’t write it, so I apologize for any part of it you might feel is poorly written… It’s only here for informational content!

We found a tick on my daughter this morning, so I felt this would be a good re-post. We took her to the Dr. He plucked it off of her, said it looked fine, collected his co-pay and sent us on our way. Better safe than sorry though, so…

With the weather getting warmer, the ticks are coming out in full force. Living in eastern MA, I’ve dealt with ticks many times before. This year, I’ve been seeing a lot of deer ticks, and that’s got me concerned.

Here’s a helpful article from Northern New England dot com:

Ticks (also known as arachnids) are a fact of life here in New England, and, in fact, in many places on earth. Golfers, hikers, hunters, bird watchers and anyone that spends time outdoors should be aware of ticks.

Globally, there are some 400 species of ticks on this planet. Here in northern New England, we have about a dozen different species lurking in the woods, forests, and grass.

Not much is usually heard about ticks, but the fact is – knowing about ticks is extremely important and potentially life saving. Ticks, like mites are external parasites that live off the blood of mammals, birds, and even reptiles and amphibians. Ticks are also vectors of several diseases, including the potentially fatal Lyme disease.

Often tick species take their name from their favorite host, so we have bird ticks, woodchuck ticks, rabbit ticks, moose ticks, and dog ticks. Other New England varieties of tick include; one star tick, tiny black-legged tick – the local variety, of which is commonly referred to as a “deer tick”.

Ticks are rather unique in that all ticks must stalk and feed from a host vertebrate three times in their lifetime, as larva, again as a nymph, and finally as an adult. It is in the third and final phase of the deer tick’s life that is the most dangerous to humans.

Ticks & Lyme Disease

An infected tick can spread Lyme Disease. Not all ticks are infected with Lyme Disease. A tick bite can be difficult to detect. Anyone who spends time outdoors (hikers, golfers, hunters, bird watchers, bike riders, etc. ) should learn how to check themselves for fleas, ticks and insect bites and should take the time to perform this precautionary measure. The actual size of an adult tick in about the size of this 0, or the size of a pin head.

Most cases of Lyme diseases are from the Northeast. Nearly 90% of all Lyme disease cases have been reported in the Northeastern part of the US. Many people are being infected from ticks in their own yard.

Ticks are blood-feeding parasites that are often found in tall grass, stone walls, fallen leaves, and shrubs where they wait to attach themselves to a passing host, like you or your pet. Physical contact is the only method of transportation for ticks. Thankfully, ticks can not jump or fly, although they may drop from their perch and fall onto an unsuspecting host.

Tick Removal

To remove a tick use a small set of quality tweezers: grab the head of the tick and slowly pull it out. Crushing or irritating the tick by using heat or chemicals should be avoided, because these methods may cause it to regurgitate its stomach contents into the skin, increasing the possibility of infection. Very small ticks and larval ticks can be removed by scraping them off.

Lyme disease (which is found in deer ticks) cannot be transmitted once the tick body is removed even if the mouthparts break off and are still in the skin. Prompt removal is important; infection generally takes an extended period of time, over 24 hours for Lyme disease which is why carefully checking yourself after hiking, hunting or outdoor activities is so important.

Tick Population Factors

Ticks of all types depend largely upon water and moisture for survival. More ticks will survive a mild winter than a cold one. A long dry summer will have a devastating effect on tick populations, conversely a wet and warm spring will help hatch an abundance of ticks.

Reposted from here.


Connecting Trend Agents to new Server Installs

As with any software, there are times when it’s necessary to uninstall, and reinstall Trend’s Worry Free Business Security suite, but does that mean you’ll need to uninstall all of the agents and push out fresh installs? While this would work, it’s not necessary.

This can be done via batch file. Once the script is written, it can ideally be put into a login script, or pushed out via Group Policy or some kind of Managed Services (Like Kaseya!)

First, you’ll need a little bit of information.

  • Browse to the ser’vers OFCSCAN folder, and open ofcscan.ini
  • Make note of the following information:
    • Master_DomainName
    • Master_DomainPort
    • Client_LocalServer_Port

The script syntax is:ipXfer.exe-s-p-m1-c

For example: \ -s -m 1 -p 8059 -c 18277

It’s sometimes enough to simply run this, but depending on what’s going on at the end point, it may be beneficial to stop and start all the local trend services.

The batch file that I use looks like this:

\ -s -m 1 -p 8059 -c 18277

After running this, give the software a couple of minutes to connect and such before beating on the refresh link in the WFBS console. Works every time (For me, so far!)

The Kaseya script I use, looks like this:

Script Name: trend agent reconnect
Script Description: \SERVERofcscanadminutilityipxferipxfer.exe -s server.CTA.local -p 8059 -m 1 -c 16809

IF True
Execute Shell Command
Parameter 2 : 0
OS Type : 0
Execute Shell Command
Parameter 1 : NET STOP TMPFW
Parameter 2 : 0
OS Type : 0
Execute Shell Command
Parameter 1 : NET STOP TMPROXY
Parameter 2 : 0
OS Type : 0
Execute Shell Command
Parameter 2 : 0
OS Type : 0
Execute Shell Command
Parameter 2 : 0
OS Type : 0
Execute Shell Command
Parameter 2 : 0
OS Type : 0
Execute Shell Command
Parameter 1 : NET START TMPFW
Parameter 2 : 0
OS Type : 0
Execute Shell Command
Parameter 2 : 0
OS Type : 0
Execute Shell Command
Parameter 2 : 0
OS Type : 0
Execute Shell Command
Parameter 2 : 0
OS Type : 0
Execute Shell Command
Parameter 1 : \SERVERofcscanadminutilityipxferipxfer.exe -s server.DOMAIN.local -p 8059 -m 1 -c 16809
Parameter 2 : 0
OS Type : 0

Remember to edit the port numbers and server / domain information!

Happy Halloween!

Another chance for us to dress our kids in funny costumes, occupy them for a whole evening, get them all tired out and eat their candy when they go to bed. 😀

Givers of candy, I have this request for you! I realize that America is obese, and I understand that proper education and discipline as a child will help to stem this epidemic. Trust me when I say, I am doing my part to make sure that my children are not in receipt of too much candy!

How you ask? Well, I secretly remove some of the candy from their stash, a little at a time so as not to be noticed. This way they feel like they ate it all, but in reality, they only eat a portion of it.

No! Of course I don’t eat it! *wipes mouth*.

My request is that you help me out a little bit here… Here’s a list of candy that don’t lik…er… That’s hard to dispose of undetected… Yeah, that’s it.

These nasty little buggers get sticky and leave marshmallow all over my fac… ah… hands. Very difficult to take care of undetected.

If you purchased candy corn, you may as well keep it. Take a look around the house and see what else you got. I completely understand that you bought these with the best of intentions, and it may be the only “candy” type food you got, but be creative! Sugar cubes or packets? Tea bags? (Earl Grey are nice. That is to say, they’re the easiest to squirrel away from the kids while staying under the radar). Chicken nuggets? You get the idea.
Anything with coconut in it is bogus. Stay away from this at all costs. Why? I don’t like them. And that’s a legit reason, cause just the smell of them makes me wretch, so being stealthy is very difficult with a fist full of mounds bars. I can’t think of a good use of a coconut that involves eating them. I think the professor made a HAM radio out of a couple, didn’t he? That’s acceptable.
Seriously, could there be a more disgusting “candy”? It’s like they didn’t have quite enough coagulation agent to make another batch of silly putty, so they feed it to the indiscriminant. I don’t even like that junk in my house, let alone my bell… Kid’s bellies.

It’s been a few years since I’ve seen this, but several times over the years someone’s tried to pass of raisins and apples as Halloween booty? What are you, new? You want your place toilet papered? Weren’t you ever a kid? Did you like getting produce on Halloween? The fourth grade versions of yourself would kick your ass for that. That’s like giving a little boy clothes for Christmas.

If you’re into disappointing children (which I’ll admit can be rewarding from time to time…) keep it up. You’re just giving them things to throw in the compost heap. By the time they get through the real stuff, the nature’s bounty you handed out will be turning brown and sprouting hairs. Look, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, keep that junk for pies and breads. Halloween is about glucose packed goodies, not health foods.

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Now that you know what not to give out, here’s how to do it right.

This is not one of those holidays where you go to the dollar store to buy your supplies. Penny pinching is going to get you in trouble. Not quite as much trouble as giving out V8 juice or celery of course, but old stale no-name chocolate bars are only just so-so. May not get you egged, but don’t be surprised to find your morning newspapers in the bird bath for the next couple of months.

That said, you don’t have to go top shelf either, once you pass a certain level you’re in the clear. Sure, we’ll tak… Ah, they’ll take Symphony bars, toblerone, and Lindt chocolates, but your return on investment isn’t going to be that much higher. Remember, going above and beyond isn’t going to get your lawn mowed or your gutters cleaned. You’re never going to get positive karma out of this… Your job is just to not get assaulted by angry Junior-high kids equipped with shaving cream.

Think of the standard names. These are the candies you see lining the aisle as your leaving the super market. Hershey’s, Reece’s, Nestlé’s Crunch, Kit-Kats, Snickers. These are perfect examples of middle-of-the-road treats to give out. This will keep your yard free of any kind of delinquent Halloween tomfoolery.

The little bite sized ones are fine, those will get you a pass. You don’t have to go full sized, or king sized.

If you disagree, and still would rather give out vitamin filled tree-droppings, do yourself a favor: Turn your porch light off, and don’t answer your door. You’d much rather the kids think you’re not home, as opposed to trying to get them to slim down.

St. Patrick’s Day

Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day is the Roman Catholic feast honoring Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick? The holiday is also an international celebration of Irish history and heritage

Did you know that Patrick was neither Irish nor particularly religious, at least not initially? Patrick was born Maewyn Succat in 385 CE in the Welsh town of Banwen, and for the first sixteen years of his life he was an avowed pagan.

Did you know that Patrick, nee Maewyn, was captured by Gaelic slave traders at the age of sixteen and sold to an Irish sheep farmer? Patrick was enslaved for six years, during which he turned to Christianity for comfort. He escaped at the age of 22, and spent the next 12 years living in a British monastery. It was there that he adopted the name Patrick.

Did you know that Patrick returned to Ireland after his time in a monastery, along with 20-some followers, serving as a Christian missionary?

Did you know that St. Patrick is believed to have died in Ireland on March 17, 461 C.E.? The anniversary of his death is now the day on which St. Patrick’s Day feast is celebrated.

Did you know that the myth that Saint Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland into the Irish Sea is just that — a myth? Many locals still insist that the serpents were drowned in the Irish Sea by Saint Patrick, causing their seas to be so rough. The truth, however, is that serpents where never native to Ireland. The story is most likely a metaphor for the druidic religions, which disappeared from the Emerald Island after St. Patrick spread the seeds of Christianity.

Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland? It is also a provincial holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador, both Canadian provinces with significant Irish populations.

Did you know that there are 34 million U.S. citizens claiming Irish ancestry? That’s nearly ten times the population of Ireland today, which has 3.9 million people. Since 1820, 4.8 million Irish have legally immigrated to the U.S.

Did you know that Irish Americans are the second most numerous ethnic group in the United States? Only four other countries (Germany, Italy, Mexico and the United Kingdom) have sent more native-born residents to U.S. shores.

Did you know that while it is customary to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day in the United States, the color green is actually considered unlucky in Ireland? Green is the color of faeries, which are believed to steal children who wear too much green.

Did you know that the Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing shamrocks on their lapels’ and dressing their children up in the colors of the Irish flag: orange, white and green? The green on the flag symbolizes the people of the south, the orange represents the people of the north. The white stands for peace, which brings the green and orange together as a united nation.

Did you know that the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in Boston, Massachusetts? The parade has been an annual tradition since 1737.

Did you know that the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York was held in 1762? Irish immigrants serving in the British colonial army marched down the streets.

Did you know that the New York St. Patrick’s Day was officially launched in 1850? Today, this parade is the longest running civilian parade in the world, with 150,00 participants and nearly three million live spectators.

Did you know that the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Canada is held in Montreal? The parade began in 1824.

Did you know that Chicagoans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by dyeing the Chicago River green? The tradition started in 1962. Today, 40 tons of dye is used, which keeps the river green for several hours.

Did you know that Guinness, the most famous of Irish dark stouts, was first brewed in Dublin Ireland in 1759? More than 1.9 billion pints of Guinness are drank around the world every year.

Did you know that Dublin is the capital of Ireland? There is also a Dublin in California and another Dublin in Ohio.

Did you know that the shamrock, considered the official plant of Ireland, was viewed as a sacred plant in ancient Ireland? The shamrock symbolized rebirth.

Did you know that in the seventeenth century, the shamrock became a symbol of Irish nationalism? In defending themselves against encroaching English imperialism, many Irish wore a shamrock on their lapel as a symbol of their opposition to English rule.

Did you know that leprechauns are traditional Irish folk figures? Leprechauns are believed to be cranky little fellows responsible for mending the shoes of fairies and causing all sorts of mayhem and mischief.

New Blog

I have a new blog. Well, it’s not necessarily new, but this is the first time I’m letting the cat out of the bag, if only slightly… I’m not going to tell you what it is. Not here anyway.

I’ve lamented before that I threw my real name all over this blog, and thus the internet, and now if I feel like ranting vulgarly, I kinda can’t, because some of it’s stuff I’d rather the folks who know me, didn’t hear me saying. The kind of stuff you laugh like crazy at when watching a bad-mouthing comedian, and then shudder when you think about how you’d feel if you were known for saying things like that…

So I created another blog, one where my name is no where to be found, and I can swear and cuss and complain all I want, without tainting my “public” image.

If you’re interested in reading it, and can keep my public identity a secret (what??) shoot me an email, (It’s matthewconlon at gmail dot com) and I’ll be glad to share it with you, if you’re not related or a potential employer. Cause if you are, chances are I’m complain about you already over there.

Oh, and NO I will not be abandoning this blog, I’ll still be posting the same caliber junk here, so if you enjoy it now at all, it’s not likely to change. I’ll still be sporadic, I’ll still be sarcastic, and I’ll still be long winded and wistfully nostalgic and a terrible speller. I just wanted another outlet, is all.

Feeling Souper – Pasta e Piselli

We like food, my wife and I. I know most people do, but I think that had we had the opportunity to go back in time and tell ourselves that it’s okay to work toward doing something you love rather than something you just think you’re supposed to, we might have actually done something in the culinary field. I suppose we still might someday, it is a dream of ours to one day open a bed and breakfast. …We might have to move somewhere that people would want to visit though. There’s nothing particularly special about this area, except for perhaps the paranormal activity.

My mother in law bought me a “Good Housekeeping” soups and stews cookbook for Christmas. Soups and stews are one of my favorite things to cook. Mostly because they require being left alone for long periods of time, and I can definitely relate to that… God knows I enjoy stewing in my own juices from time to time.

The wife and I decided that we’d make a soup a week, and freeze it in baggies to nuke for each meal as sort of a filler.

Last week’s soup was Pasta e Piselli. I just realized that all these recipes are available online, so I won’t have to copy them myself. That just made this post very much easier.
The actual recipe can be found here.

It’s a very fast and easy soup to make, and it’s done in only 15 minutes. It’s basically a chicken broth with pasta, peas and a can of diced tomatoes.

It had never occurred to me before to mix tomatoes with chicken broth, but it really sort of opens my eyes to a lot of other kinds of possibilities. I make a mean chicken soup with rice that I may add some tomatoes to now. Used to be that tomatoes would give me killer heart burn, but as it turns out, that was due to a hiatal hernia, which my chiropractor fixed. I no longer get heart burn at all.

This particular recipe is very good, but I think the next time I try it, I will add another can of tomatoes, as the one can only gives just a hint, whereas I think I’d like it just a little more so.
For the pasta, I used elbows and bow-ties. I also cheated on the chicken broth, I used a couple cubes of bullion.

If you’re into soups, this one comes highly recommended for ease of prep and excellent flavor. Let me know what you think if you try it!