Jazz Harmonica Legend Toots Thielemans Has Passed Away At 94

first_imgThe great Toots Thielemans has passed away at the age of 94. The jazz harmonica master died in his home country of Belgium, where he had retired after he stopped touring a few years ago.Thielemans had been a fixture on the jazz scene since the late 1940s, playing in Europe with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Max Roach before moving to America in 1952 to join Parker’s “All-Stars” band. He went on to play with a who’s who of jazz legends, everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius, and Thielemans enjoyed an illustrious career as the go-to harmonica player in the jazz world.Thielemans also crossed over and worked on many projects in the mainstream. He worked on numerous occasions with famed producer Quincy Jones, and he contributed to the soundtracks of many classic films like Midnight Cowboy and The Getaway. Thielemans even even performed the famous closing credits of Sesame Street, although it goes uncredited. In the 80s, Thielemans recorded with several modern pop stars like Billy Joel and Paul Simon, and his smooth harmonica skills were enjoyed by an entirely new generation of fansIn honor of the great Toots Thielemans and the great musical life he led, take a few minutes to watch some videos and hear Thielemans’ incredible harmonica playing one more time.Watch Thielemans in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2009 performing his biggest solo hit, “Bluesette” at the “Night of the Proms”.Here’s Thielemans performing “Imagine” by John Lennon at The Caspian Jazz and Blues Festival in Azerbaijan in 2002, courtesy of YouTube user American Voices.Listen to audio of Thielemans performing with Pat Metheny on “Back in Time”, courtesy of YouTube user Zs R.Finally, listen to Thielemans’ iconic playing on the Sesame Street closing credits.RIP Toots Thielemans, and thank you for your incredible contribution to the world of music!last_img read more

The Majority of Passwords Worldwide Are Vulnerable

first_img The document assured that 91 percent of accounts, which in theory are secure, can be accessed through the 1,000 most common passwords used(out of six million real passwords created in the study). It was missing the test to detect the passwords vulnerability… A great deal of digital passwords generally used to access different services, such as Internet, online banking through computers, smart phones or tablets, are vulnerable due to repetition, according to a report published by Deloitte in February in Panama. The possibility of accessing passwords in social networks, commercial platforms, bank accounts or any other service that can be accessed through new technological devices, makes them highly vulnerable against hackers. In addition, the average user takes 4-5 seconds to write a secure 10-character password in a PC, while it takes 7-30 seconds if they do it on a smart phone with a touch screen. Moreover, 79 percent of people use the 500 most common passwords, while 40 percent use the 100 most popular ones, and 14 percent, the 10 most widely used passwords. The study analyzes the main technological trends in 15 European and American countries, as well as South Africa. center_img “The main problem in passwords is their reutilization. Due to a memory issue, human beings remember about five, six or seven passwords, and they obviously use them for everything, so that is why passwords are so vulnerable,” Francisco Martín, Manager for Deloitte in Panama, told AFP. “This wouldn’t be so serious if we only took the time to elaborate passwords that are not so easily decipherable,” he added. The most widely used passwords are the names of the user and their family members, combined with birth dates, all easily obtainable information by hackers in social networks. They later use software to introduce hypothetical passwords based on these patterns massively, until there is a match. Furthermore, a 9.8 percent of users write “password 123456 or 12345678” as passwords; 8.5 percent use “password or 123456” and a 4.7 percent use “password”. According to the research, the passwords created in mobile devices tend to be less secure than the ones used in a traditional computer, since it is easier to access characters and it is not necessary to change screens. By Dialogo February 28, 2013last_img read more