Computer Chronicles

Version 8.4, Heartfelt Tech

Roses are red, nothing is goldenrod. Click here to get a free iPod.

Please continue to be vigilant when checking your email. Scammers are getting more and more sophisticated each day. Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) just released some disconcerting news. A new data breach of humongous proportions has just been made public, we are talking astronomical numbers. He has called this data set "Collection#1" and it consists of:

  • email addresses and passwords totaling 2,692,818,238 rows
  • 1,160,253,228 unique combinations of email addresses and passwords
  • unique email addresses totaled 772,904,991
  • there are 21,222,975 unique passwords (that's too many reused passwords!)

While it doesn't appear to include more sensitive information, like credit card or Social Security numbers, Collection #1 is historic for scale alone. A few elements also make it especially unnerving:

  1. Around 140 million email accounts and over 10 million unique passwords in Collection #1 are new to HIBP database, meaning they’re not just duplicates from prior megabreaches.
  2. Then there’s the way in which those passwords are saved in Collection #1, these are all plain text passwords.
  3. And lastly all of these records were sitting not in some dark web backwater, but on one of the most popular cloud storage sites—until it got taken down—and then on a public hacking site. They weren’t even for sale; they were just available for anyone to take.

Wondering if you're on the list? Visit to see.

Big picture

Magni Momenti Notitia

  • Want to paste text to and from Chrome without all the pesky formatting? Copy using Ctrl-C as usual, but when you go to paste, use Ctrl-Shift-V. This will strip the formatting and just give you the plain text.
  • Visit the updated Information Technology page on the district site. I'd love your feedback.
  • "Think before you click."
  • If you have a technical issue, please submit a help desk ticket here: (Be sure to use the Google button to login.)
  • Did you hear about the bed bugs who fell in love? They're getting married in the spring!

21st Century Education won't be defined by any new technology. It won't be just defined by 1:1 technology programs or tech-intensive projects. 21st Century Education will, however, be defined by a fundamental shift in what we are teaching - a shift towards learner-centered education and creating creative thinkers.

~ Karl Fisch