Home Isolation – Day 11

Hello All. Another one bites the dust due to COVID-19. The FIRST Annual Conference in Montreal, QC that was to be held in June of this year has been cancelled. I should have been prepared for this – I guess in the back of my mind, I was hoping for the best. I am beyond heartbroken given I am a member of FIRST and have spoken in the past at their events and they are wonderful.

The cancellation is due to the event scheduled for June 21-26, 2020 and the Canadian government having extended its ban on foreign nationals traveling to Canada through June 30, 2020.

Anyhow, will wait to see if they reschedule it or do something virtual. If they don’t, I may try to do my workshop on Sysmon via Zoom or WebEx. Stay tuned.

Home Isolation – Day 9

Hello All. Short post today. All I can say is the biggest thing I am looking forward to right now is some semblance of nice weather. You know, nice weather where you can sit outside for an hour and enjoy a coffee without turning into a human Popsicle. I am hoping that the pandemic is affecting our accuracy with weather prediction, because the forecast looks like a lot of crap followed by more crap. Stay positive folks.

Home Isolation – Day 8

Hello All. Monday, day 8 of isolation. Back to remote work. Trying to be as productive as possible. Got some fresh air in today on a walk with my daughter, I so look forward to this even though it was -4 Celsius. This would be so much easier if it was the middle of the summer. What is everyone else doing to make the days more enjoyable?

I leave you with this information on how the spread of viruses are calculated by organizations like the CDC and the WHO. To estimate how easily a virus spreads, scientists calculate its “basic reproduction number,” or R0 (pronounced R-not). R0 predicts the number of people who can catch a given bug from a single infected person, Live Science previously reported. Currently, the R0 for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19, is estimated at about 2.2, meaning a single infected person will infect about 2.2 others, on average. By comparison, the flu has an R0 of 1.3.

Home Isolation – Day 7

Well folks it has been a full week since I went on the big grocery hunt to prepare for isolation. As with many of you, I am trying to stay positive with what is going on, but I struggle with the uncertainty of everything – thoughts of weeks until things start to resume, changed to months and now we are talking about quarters. Starting some creative projects will help me pass the time. Thanks to the folks who organized PancakesCon 2020: Quarantine (https://twitter.com/PancakesCon) today and all the other smart people out there in the infosec community that are trying to keep people motivated. I leave you with this photo of the sunset I took last night. I hope it will bring you a smile, the way it did for me.