Next Ukes Sunday | Millstone | April 27th, 2:00 – 4:00 | @MillstoneSthGos

The next Sunday sessions are:

  • April 27
  • May 18
  • June 8
  • More dates to follow . . .

More Info:

For calendar updates and more information about Sunday Uke Sessions and The Millstone see:

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Next Ukes Sunday | Millstone | April 13th, 2:00 – 4:00 | @MillstoneSthGos

The next Sunday sessions are:

  • April 13
  • April 27
  • May 18
  • June 8
  • More dates to follow . . .

More Info:

For calendar updates and more information about Sunday Uke Sessions and The Millstone see:

Sunday Uke Sessions @ The Millstone South Gosforth

The Millstone

The Millstone

Big, nasty security bug Heartbleed – what to do

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You know those “secure” websites, like banks and eBay, where there is a little padlock in the address bar next to the URL? Well, apparently, in 2011 somebody sneezed when they were writing the security code that most of the banks and other “secure” websites use – and a bug landed in the code.

On Monday, someone in Finland and someone else at Google spotted that there was something wrong. They found the bug and realised that it is very. very easy for anyone to get your username, password and loads of other stuff when you log in to one of these “secure” sites. Not just that, but anyone can easily get these “secure” sites to tell them the user names and passwords of people who have logged in at some time in the past.

When I say “anyone” I mean, of course, that nerd next door and anyone else who understands the techie jokes in “Big Bang Theory”.

What is happening now is that all the nerds and “Big Bang Theory” fans are just playing around, testing different “secure” sites and seeing how much info they can download. Just for a larf.  I’ve seen them at it on Nerd Forums!

Luckily, most nerds are not nasty but there will be other people out there who are not doing this for a larf.

Hackers can use this information several ways. For example:

  • to impersonate you, eg. to log in to your bank account or email account (if you have a Yahoo! email account you DO need to change your password now).
  • to impersonate a website, eg. to pretend to be that bank or online shopping site that you love and trust.

There is a lot of lengthy technical information about this on the internet – this article is short and intelligible to mere humans like you and me: Lifehacker Heartbleed Info

Great news, isn’t it?!

  • What you DON’T want to do is go scurrying about changing all your passwords without checking first if the sites you use have updated their code.
  • What you DO want do is check which passwords to update now and which ones to do later, when the affected secure sites have wiped their noses and got clean hankies in their pockets.

The easy way:

Use the LastPass Security Check – this is being updated to accommodate people who do not already store their usernames and passwords with LastPass.

  • The Security Check will only show sites relevant to you and, of those, only those which are or have been affected by the Heartbleed bug. (By “you” I mean “the passwords and user names you have locked up safe and sound in your LastPass vault”. If you do not already do this, now would be a good time to start. )
  • After you run the security check, some sites might have “Wait” next to them. If so,  you need to go back and keep checking using this tool until it says “Go update!”.  Once a day should be quite often enough.

The more tedious ways:

Use a site like this one to check each site individually http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/

That was the first site on the internet offering site security checks for Heartbleed. There are more and more just like it popping up all over the place. Be wary and only use a security checking site if you are sure it is legit.

  • You do NOT need to pay for a Heartbleed Security Check – some sites are cashing in by charging for security checks but there are plenty of free ones around.

UPDATE: The first and last pages of this reader-friendly article from Mac Observer sum it up nicely – the middle pages explain the situation in more detail: “Dealing with Heartbleed – What you need to know

 

Next Ukes Sunday | Millstone | March 30th, 2:00 – 4:00 | @MillstoneSthGos

The next Sunday sessions are:

  • March 30
  • April 13
  • April 27
  • May 18
  • June 8
  • More dates to follow as time goes by . . .

More Info:

For calendar updates and more information about Sunday Uke Sessions and The Millstone see:

Sunday Uke Sessions @ The Millstone South Gosforth

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Next Ukes Sunday | Millstone | March 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 | @MillstoneSthGos

The next Sunday session is:

  • March 16 – Dot has confirmed that this Sunday is on – Fiona can’t make it but Craig is coming to play bass :-)
  • More dates to follow when Dot has confirmed them with the Millstone

More Info:

For calendar updates and more information about Sunday Uke Sessions and The Millstone see:

Sunday Uke Sessions @ The Millstone South Gosforth

The Millstone

The Millstone

Next Ukes Sunday | Millstone | March 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 | @MillstoneSthGos

The next Sunday sessions are:

  • March 2
  • March 16
  • More dates to follow!

More Info:

For calendar updates and more information about Sunday Uke Sessions and The Millstone see:

Sunday Uke Sessions @ The Millstone South Gosforth

The Millstone

The Millstone

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Ukes4Fun Songbook 9! Another ten songs for ten singers!

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Songbook 9

You can download Songbook 9 by selecting the image above or by going to main “Songsheets” page (there is lots of other info about the Songbooks on that page, so have a look if you haven’t visited it before).

As with Songbook 8, I am trying to share out the uke-lurve by including as many different singers as possible in each song book.  Apologies to those who have not yet been included in Songbooks 8 or 9 – your time will come as soon as you have sent or approved the song files.

  • 1. Ain’t That a Shame – Megs
  • 2. At The Hop – Jazzy
  • 3. Blackpool Belle, The – Denis
  • 4. Heart and Soul – Lizzie
  • 5. Hello Mary Lou (F) – Brian
  • 6. He’s Got You – Keith
  • 7. King of the Road – Charlie
  • 8. Stupid Cupid – Terri
  • 9. Sweet Honey in the Rock – Andy
  • 10. Teenager In Love – Karl

Many thanks to Andy, Brian, Denis and Jazzy for providing copies of some of these arrangements – it makes my job much easier!

If you spot any typo’s or errors, eg. in terms of deviating from the way we play these songs, they will be of my doing – and please do let me know so that I can correct them.

Songsheets Alphabetical Index

This is the updated alphabetical index of Songbooks 1 – 9 (pdf download)

This next bit is almost the same as in the post about Songbook 8:

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Free and easy online tools to make song sheets with automatic chord grids | @ukegeeks | ukulizer |

All the Ukes4Fun Songbooks are in “Landscape” format.  If you prefer “Portrait” format, here are a couple of free, easy online tools to make song sheets for printing in portrait format:

  • both tools produce chord grids automatically
  • neither of them require you to start with “ChordPro” formatted text
  • but to make Ukes4Fun song sheets, please use these “ChordPro” files: Ukes4Fun Songsheet txt files,

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Ukes4Fun Songbook 8! Ten songs for ten singers!

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Songbook 8

You can download Songbook 8 by selecting the image above or by going to main “Songsheets” page.

This the first installment of a shortlist of over 30 current songs.  There are more on the “back burner”, where I am waiting to see if they take-off and then have staying power.

I am trying to share out the uke-lurve by including as many different singers as possible in each song book.  Apologies to those who have not been included in this Songbook – your time will come very soon!

  • 1. All My Loving – Andy
  • 2. East Virginia Blues – Keith
  • 3. I Still Miss Someone – Mick
  • 4. Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms – Charlie
  • 5. Roseville Fair – Denis
  • 6. Run For Home – Denise
  • 7. Walking After Midnight – Terri
  • 8. Watching Scotty Grow – Jazzy
  • 9. Will The Circle Be Unbroken – Dot
  • 10. You Won’t See Me – Andy

Many thanks to Andy and Denis for providing copies of most of these arrangements – it makes my job much easier!

If you spot any typo’s or errors, eg. in terms of deviating from the way we play these songs, they will be of my doing – and please do let me know so that I can correct them.

Correction 1:  Apologies to Megs, who I had listed as leading “All My Loving”!  So that means that Andy has got in twice, it is really 10 songs for nine singers – and we both owe Megs a beer?

Songsheets Alphabetical Index

This is the updated alphabetical index of Songbooks 1 – 8 (pdf download)

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2013 in review – Ukes4Fun Blog Report from WordPress.com

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 32,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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