Analyst for MySQL v1.1: Database Performance, Security, & Best Practices Auditing Tool Released – Download for FREE!

Itchy Ninja Software is pleased to announce the release of Analyst for MySQL v1.1. Revolutionize the way you work and administrate MySQL, MariaDB, Galera, and Percona XtraDB installations.
Make More Efficient Use of Your Time
Gathering all of the metrics to diagnose a database installation is a very time consuming process, and many simply do not have the experience to know where to begin. With Analyst for MySQL, you will be able to get your hands on hundreds of metrics within moments. It really takes all of the guesswork, as well as tedious long sessions of writing queries out of managing a MySQL database server.
Not only can you run the program on Windows, Mac, or Linux, you can also generate server reports from each of those platforms as well! No need to install anything on the server at any time. All diagnostics are run from your laptop or desktop machine. The source computer (your laptop or desktop machine) can be any operating system and so can the server you are auditing.
Performance Tuning
With Analyst, you will get dozens of charts, tables, graphs, and rules concentrated on helping you resolve performance issues. You can even see CPU utilization, disk I/O, swapping / paging, network throughput, and more. For Linux systems with systat (SAR) installed, historical system metrics are also available.
Minimize Downtime
Analyst includes over 200 industry-proven rules which help identify the source of the issues as well as advice on how to resolve them. You’ll also get multiple charts, tables, and graphs that give you immediate access to the specifics of how your server is running.
Team Collaboration
Ever wish you could share all of the key server metrics with the rest of your team when there is an outage? With Analyst for MySQL we make this easy. You will be able to export all of the key data and send it to anyone you want. Have a manager who wants a report of what you have done? Analyst makes it easy to show reports from before and after your work to show improvement in scoring. Have team members who are not in the office and/or don’t have access to the server? No problem. Just send an Analyst report file to them and they will have instant access to the same data you have.
Security Hardening
With Analyst for MySQL, you will find anonymous users, users without passwords, accounts with excessive privileges, connections that are not encrypted, and much more.
Best Practices
One of the first tasks a MySQL administrator should perform when receiving a new server or setting one up is to ensure standards. We have spent countless hours drafting documentation on proper server configuration to ensure environments meet industry best practices. With Analyst for MySQL, you can benefit from all of our work.
Server Metrics
See metrics in the form of tabular data, pie graphs, line charts, and more. You will have metrics such as memory usage, InnoDB Buffer Pool usage, query cache utilization, and more at the tip of your fingers. Confused by the new Performance Schema? No worries. Analyst provides easy to understand metrics and does all of the heavy lifting for you.
For those with systat package installed on Linux, you will be able to turn back the clock and see how the server was performing throughout the day! See metrics such as CPU utilization, disk I/O, RAM consumption, network throughput, and more in gorgeous charts and graphs.
High Availability
For those with an Analyst Enterprise license, an audit of a MySQL Cluster, Percona XTRADB Cluster, MariaDB CLuster, or Galera Cluster you will give you rules, tables, graphs, and alerts giving detailed information on cluster performance. You will know immediately how the cluster is performing. Moreover, you will know whether the node you audited is the source of the problem or whether it is another node in the cluster.
Ease of Use
We created Analyst for MySQL to be easy to use. We know you don’t have time, or even want to read a complicated manual, to figure out how to use software. Want to archive your findings? Or send a report to someone? Analyst offers the ability to save your data to disk, export it into PDF, CSV, PNG, RTF, or HTML format, and of course printing.
Server Scoring
Analyst will examine key metrics in several areas including standardization, best practices, administration, high availability, performance, security, and more and assign a score to that category. You will get an overall score to see the current condition of your server. Once you start making the suggested improvements, run another analysis of the server. What could be easier?
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Analyst for MySQL v1.1: Database Performance, Security, & Best Practices Auditing Tool Released – Download for FREE!

Shop-Vacs Versus Wasp Nests

The brave can kill a single wasp with a flip-flop or a rolled-up copy of Time. But only the foolish go after an entire nest this way. The central "design problem" with eradicating a wasp nest is that the executioner needs distance; thus chemical companies proudly announce their wasp sprays can reach distances of 20 feet, like bear spray.

But homeowners may not want to use chemicals, particularly if they’ve got children. And it seems silly that this weapon can be defeated by a simple breeze. Hence the following chemical-free method has become popular (at least on YouTube) among those who already own something meant to work over distances: Shop-Vacs with the standard 8′ hose. All it takes is a little ingenuity to get the nozzle up to the nest’s front door:

Safety tip: The National Park Ranger’s Association advises against using this method for bears.

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Shop-Vacs Versus Wasp Nests

Find Out How Much to Save for Your Emergency Fund with This Calculator

Find Out How Much to Save for Your Emergency Fund with This Calculator

While nearly everyone agrees it’s a good idea to have a financial cushion in case of emergencies, even the experts don’t agree on the particulars of building an emergency fund. Here’s a realistic approach from HelloWallet, which takes into account costs of different kinds of emergencies.

The budgeting service outlines three categories or levels of emergencies: minor emergency (a flat tire or minor plumbing repair), major emergency (replacing a car part or paying the out-of-pocket maximum on a health policy), and job loss.

For each category, HelloWallet looked at its users’ reported spending to come up with recommended savings amounts that would cover the worst-case scenarios. For example, in the major emergency category, data showed users’ most expensive car repair was $3,800, so that’s the recommendation for individuals with cars, while a roof replacement could set you back $10,000, so that’s the recommendation for homeowners. For job loss, HelloWallet recommends saving 12 months’ worth of expenses—minus contributions from unemployment insurance and income from your spouse or partner—since finding a new job could take a year.

Find Out How Much to Save for Your Emergency Fund with This Calculator

The oft-repeated “three to six month’s” (or eight to twelve month’s) of expenses recommendation is simpler and works as well, but if amassing that huge amount of money seems daunting, it might be encouraging to see that you may already be well on your way to covering at least minor and major emergencies.

Check out the site’s calculator below that will crunch the numbers for you, once you enter your income and other basic information. Or read more about their emergency savings findings in their whitepaper.

Emergency Savings Calculator | HelloWallet via Forbes

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Find Out How Much to Save for Your Emergency Fund with This Calculator

It’s Very, Very Easy for Hackers to Steal Your IRS Account

It's Very, Very Easy for Hackers to Steal Your IRS Account

The only thing that sucks worse than doing taxes is a hacker stealing your identity, doing your taxes for you, and then depositing your return in a random bank account, where they can later collect the bounty. Sound impossible? It’s not, according to the story of an unlucky man named Michael Kasper.

Long story short: You should register your account, because it’s frightfully easy for hackers to do it for you. That’s what happened to Kasper, who recently recounted his horror story to veteran security reporter Brian Krebs. An enterprising crook managed to register Kasper’s account, request a transcript for his 2013 tax return, and then use that information to file a 2014 tax return successfully. The money from the return went to the bank account of a random student, who then sent the money via Western Union to Nigeria. She’d been hired off of Craigslist for a moneymaking opportunity and didn’t realize she was doing something illegal. (Pro tip: Assume every "moneymaking opportunity" on Craigslist is illegal unless they can prove otherwise.)

The craziest thing about this saga is just how easy it apparently was to hack into the IRS system. It’s not even hacking really, since the system is protected by so-called knowledge-based authentication (KBA). The fraudsters who broke into Kasper’s account did so by guessing some basic information about his life—information that was readily available elsewhere on the web. A security researcher can do the same thing in a matter of minutes.

Click over to Krebs on Security to learn more about Kasper’s sad story. However, since criminals won’t be able to access your IRS transcript if you’ve already secured the account, you should probably go ahead and go to to lock things down. And just pray that the tax man ups his security game for next year.

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It’s Very, Very Easy for Hackers to Steal Your IRS Account

You Can Now Buy a Brand-New Ford Mustang—with the 1965 Body!

Years ago on The Tonight Show, Kevin Pollak told car nut Jay Leno that Detroit should build the ’57 Chevy again. "They must still have the plans sitting on a shelf somewhere," he said. "Dust them off and start making ’em again."

While it’s unlikely that General Motors has saved the dies from 1957 to stamp the fenders, or is willing to go back to making carburetors, you actually can buy a classic American car with modern-day underpinnings—but from Orlando, not Detroit. Ford has licensed the actual body design of the original Mustang (the body that was on the ’64 1/2 to ’66 models) to a Florida-based company called Revology Cars. Revology then has the bodies produced by California-based muscle car parts manufacturer Dynacorn International, and kits them out with modern suspensions, brakes, steering, powertrain and interior amenities.

The result is that "The entire car is new," Revology writes, "with the exception of the engine and transmission, which are remanufactured units purchased from Ford Motor Company." And although some of the promotional photos show their cars sporting the "289" badge, indicating the 289-cubic-inch (4.7-liter) motor the Mustang debuted with, the engine in Revology’s cars is actually a 5-liter (corresponding with the 302 that Mustangs wouldn’t see until 1968).

The car is technically classified as a replica, which means would-be buyers will have to check their local state’s regulations for registering cars in that category. They’ll also want to check their bank accounts: The fastback version starts at $119,500 and the convertible goes for a cool $122,000. (There is no hardtop notchback listed on the price sheet.)

Buyers can choose one of three ways to take delivery: They can either pick it up at Revology’s facility in Orlando, have the car delivered to their home…or have it shipped to a local Ford dealership, where they can retrieve it. If I had the cash I’d definitely go with the latter option; it’s gotta be a trip to roll off the lot in one of these, past rows of sulking Focuses.

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You Can Now Buy a Brand-New Ford Mustang—with the 1965 Body!

What’s Inside A Shotgun Shell And Why

What's Inside A Shotgun Shell And Why

A shotgun shell can achieve anything from lightly peppering a clay target at close range to taking down a deer at 35 yards. And that huge variance in capability can all come out the business end of a single gun. That’s because you can precisely tailor what’s inside a shell to your specific needs. Here’s how.

What's Inside A Shotgun Shell And Why

The hammer gun my great-great-grandfather used to hunt and defend the family homestead (left), Lara’s Rizzini and my "new" SKB (right).

I’ve used shotgun on and off since I was a Boy Scout, but have never been particularly good with one. That changed recently when the girlfriend’s dad gifted us a nice pair and we decided to take that opportunity to enjoy the sport a little more seriously. We’ve been practicing at the range and, this weekend, I’m taking mine turkey hunting. It won’t be my first upland bird hunt, but it is my first time going after a bird as big as a turkey, so I’ve had to learn a lot about shotguns and the shells you shoot with them in a short period of time. Turkeys are tough, wary birds with extraordinary eyesight (10x that of humans); should be an interesting weekend!

What's Inside A Shotgun Shell And Why

From left to right: primer (in center of base), base, powder, wad, shot, case (around the perimeter)

The Parts

Case: Holds everything together. Nowadays almost always made from plastic and crimped closed at the top to hold everything in; that part opens up when fired, allowing the contents to escape.

Base: Typically made from brass, the stronger base helps a shell retain its shape and holds the primer.

What's Inside A Shotgun Shell And Why

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Primer: Located at the center of the base, the primer contains a chemical that explodes when struck by the gun’s firing pin. When you pull the trigger, you’re releasing that firing in.

Powder: Smokeless gunpowder burns, forming gases that rapidly expand, pushing everything above it out of the gun.

Powder Wad: A paper or plastic barrier that holds the powder in the bottom of the shell and helps push the shot out.

What's Inside A Shotgun Shell And Why

Here you can see Federal’s "FliteControl" wad opening and releasing shot, upon exiting the barrel. Note the "air brakes" around its perimeter.

Shot Wad: A plastic cup or similar shape that holds the shot together as it exits the barrel; these can be tailored to help maintain a tight pattern of shot out to a longer range. The size and shape of the shot wad is often a major distinction between brands, you’ll see these listed as "FliteControl" or similar. The wad is caught by the air once it exits the gun and falls behind the shot as that travels to your target.

Shot: The actual projectile(s). These can be anything from a single, large slug to hundred of tiny pellets and can be made from lead, brass, steel, plastic or, these days, bean bags or tasers or flairs or pretty much anything else anyone would ever want to shoot.

What's Inside A Shotgun Shell And Why

What All The Numbers Mean

On a typical box of shells, you’ll find five prominent and important numbers. After all the marketing and branding, these are what actually distinguish any shotgun shell for another and are all that really matters.

Gauge: The diameter of the gun’s barrel. In a confusing system that dates back to cannons, shotgun gauges are measured in the weight of a solid sphere of lead that will take up the entire bore. So a 10ga barrel fits a lead ball that’s 1/10th of a pound and a 12ga fits one that’s 1/12th of a pound. The larger the number, the smaller diameter the gun’s barrel is. You can only shoot the correct gauge shell for your gun.

Shell Length: This corresponds to the chamber size of a gun; shotguns typically come with 2 3/4, 3 or 3 1/2 inch chambers. A larger chamber can shoot a smaller shell, but a smaller chamber will be damaged by shooting a larger shell due to over pressurization. Obviously a larger shell is able to hold more shot, so the larger sizes are becoming more popular with hunters.

Velocity: The speed at which the shot is propelled from the gun, as it’s leaving the barrel. This is actually a user-friendly number, meaning you don’t need to account "drams" of powder versus the amount and size of shot and shell to determine velocity. The higher the velocity, the further the shot will travel and the more punch it will pack at larger range, for its given size.

Shot Weight: The weight of the shot in the shell, measured in ounces. The higher the number, the more shot you’re putting onto a target, but it will also create more recoil, which could effect accuracy.

What's Inside A Shotgun Shell And Why

Shot Size: And, this gets confusing again. The larger the number, the smaller the shot. Buck shot goes down to 000 though, which is larger than 00, which is larger than 0, which is larger than 1. The larger a single piece of shot is, the more momentum it packs and the harder it hits a target as a result. But given a set weight (amount) of shot per shell, a larger shot will also produce a sparser pattern, meaning you could miss the target even if you’re aiming correctly.

When it comes to shooting, you need to consider the velocity, weight (amount) and size of your shot to balance power, pattern and accuracy. And that’s in addition to the choke on your gun, which is how tight the barrel is, at its far end. So, for turkey hunting, Corey and I need to use a shot size (4, 5 or 6) capable of taking down a turkey with enough velocity to do so at up to 45 yards while creating a tight enough pattern that most of our shot can remain grouped around the bird’s head and neck. To do that, we have to go shoot different shells with different chokes at targets set at different ranges to determine what works best in each of our guns; shooting a shotgun is not as simple as using a rifle!

What's Inside A Shotgun Shell And Why

Alternative Loads

So, thanks to the variance described above, a single gun is able to perform a multitude of tasks. That’s a useful merit that can also be used by law enforcement, soldiers are sportsmen to achieve an even greater variety of uses out of a single tool.

We’ve all heard stories of olden day farmers loading up a shell with dry rice to run pesky kids off their property. That non-lethality was expanded by bean bags, which have been employed for riot control and non-lethal law enforcement tasks for decades. Now, that idea is getting a modern twist with a loads like the 500-volt taser pictured at the top of the article.

Or, lethality can be increased with flechettes (think darts or sabots) or by wiring buckshot together to create a traumatic wound channel.

And, a shotgun can be used for stuff other than shooting things. Signal flares can be installed in a shotgun shell, enabling boaters or outdoorsmen to signal for help in an emergency. Shells can be used to deliver "flash bang" rounds capable of temporarily stunning people or even as a very powerful delivery method for pepper spray.

That’s an awful lot of work performed by what’s ostensibly just a little plastic cylinder.

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What’s Inside A Shotgun Shell And Why

German Basketball Team Loses In Close Match With A Microsoft Windows Update

Windows: the still-dominant operating system is the 800 lbs. gorilla, so one fully expects to see tons of insult-darts shot at the thing to try and tranquilize it. And, in the age of technology fan-boy-ism, some techie folks are big on drawing lines in the sand and loudly proclaiming the superiority of one piece of software over another. But, still, when your German basketball team faces relegation into a lower class of league because a windows laptop crashed and then ran an update just before game time, you can kind of understand if they’re pissed off about it.

The March 13 match between the Chemnitz Niners and the Paderborn Baskets was set to begin normally, when Paderborn (the host) connected its laptop to the scoreboard in the 90 minutes leading up to the game. In an interview with the German newspaper, Die Zeit (Google Translate), Patrick Seidel, the general manager of Paderborn Baskets said that at 6:00pm, an hour and a half before the scheduled start time, the laptop was connected "as usual."

"But as both teams warmed up, the computer crashed," he said. "When we booted it again at 7:20pm, it started automatically downloading updates. But we did not initiate anything."

After all the updates were installed, Paderborn was ready to start the game at 7:55pm.

Oops. Paderborn ended up winning the game, but Chemnitz filed a protest, arguing that the delay in starting the game constituted a violation and that Paderborn ought be penalized. The league agreed, taking a point in the standings away from Paderborn, which lowered its rankings such that it now faced relegation. Relegation, for you Americans who aren’t Premier League Soccer fans, is a shift in which leagues a team plays in based on the year’s performance. For Paderborn, this will mean not even being able to play at the championship level next year, instead being forced to play in the lower "ProB" league.

Seidel is pissed, of course.

"You can’t blame Chemnitz," Siedel added. "But as an athlete and a man, let me of course tell you something else. We beat Chemnitz twice in sportsmanlike, tight games. Therefore, this entire issue has nothing to do with sports."

Nope, just a Windows update costing you a potential championship next year. N00bs.

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German Basketball Team Loses In Close Match With A Microsoft Windows Update

Seattle Artist Creates Sidewalk Messages That Only Appear When It Rains

Remember Green Street Media’s no-spraypaint-necessary sidewalk advertising? To refresh your memory, the UK-based firm exploited the filthy nature of sidewalks by placing a stencil over them and blasting them with a pressure washer. With the stencil lifted, the area blasted clean spelled out their message.

Green Street Media

Seattle-based artist Peregrine Church does something similar, but using rain rather than a pressure washer. By coating the sidewalks in an invisible superhydrophobic coating applied through a stencil, he creates messages that are only visible when it rains out.

Peregrine Church
Peregrine Church
Peregrine Church

Here’s how he does it, and it seems simple as pie:

So at this point we’ve seen hydrophobic coatings used to defeat public urinators and help get glue out of bottles. Church’s "Rainworks" project, as he’s calling it, has a more humble purpose: "To make people smile on rainy days."

Peregrine Church

You can see more of them here.

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Seattle Artist Creates Sidewalk Messages That Only Appear When It Rains