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October Edition 2017
Welcome  |  The History of The Jack-O-Lantern (& How It All Began With a Turnip)  |  The Giving Tree  |  How to Hacker-Proof Your Email in Four Steps  |  Santa's Secret Mission  |  You Tube of the Month  |  Protect yourself from social media scams  Gingerbread Bridges and Skyscrapers Challenge  |  Win a four pack of Lehigh Valley Zoo tickets!  |  7 Halloween Towns In New Jersey That Will Terrify And Delight You In The Best Way Possible  |  Thousands Of Bikes Left Behind At Burning Man Are Heading To Hurricane Victims  |  Haunted Places in the Lehigh Valley  |  Ghost Guide 2017: Lehigh Valley haunted houses and Halloween events  |  US Navy submarines are getting Xbox 360 controllers to control their periscopes  |  Puzzle  |  Google to let anyone add to Street View, starting with Insta360's Pro camera  |  How These Lehigh Valley Places Got Their Weird Names  |  Did You Know?   |  How to Request Service From EZ Micro Solutions
Welcome to our October newsletter. In keeping with the spirit of this article and EZ Micro, I had to include the carving to the right.

Although it's been unseasonably warm for this time of year, I hope you had the opportunity to carve some pumpkins and enjoy a haunted house or two.

The History of The Jack-O-Lantern
(& How It All Began With a Turnip)

Every year, we head to the pumpkin patch, select the plumpest pumpkin of them all, and haul the gourd home. We whip out the carving knife. We decorate our pumpkin with a spooky face, and then illuminate it with a candle. But why do we do this?

It all started centuries ago, with a character named 'Stingy Jack.'  Read more →

We are now in our eighth year of what has become a tradition we are calling our Giving Tree.

The most rewarding and unique aspect of the Giving Tree is that it allows us to offer personalized support to the individuals in each family. We will be teaming up with the Lehigh Conference of Churches again this year. They have been wonderful partners, and their resources and experience are what makes it possible for us to be able to do this.

We worked with them to adopt 24 families this year, and we feel very confident that our amazing network of clients and friends will be there to help us.

Please keep a close eye on our website; www.ezmicro.com to learn how you can adopt a family for this Christmas holiday. The Giving Tree should be posted on Wednesday, November 1st.

PLEASE NOTE: All gifts for adopted families must be dropped off at our office no later than Friday, December 8th.

Thank you everyone!
How to Hacker-Proof Your Email in Four Steps
By Katie Petrillo
Typically we think of our bank and financial accounts as being the most important accounts that we want to protect. But where does your bank or credit card link back to? Your email. Email truly is the gateway to your most valued and private information. When you reset your password for any site - of high value or low — it goes to your email. If a hacker has control of your email, they can reset nearly any account that you have. So don't skimp when it comes to your email just because you're worried about losing or not having access. The alternative of having your email hacked is much worse! To step up your email security and make it hacker proof, start with these four tips:

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EZMicro presents...


These Dogs Make the Weirdest Sounds!
(turn up your volume)
Protect yourself from social media scams

Social media scams move quickly. Sometimes your friends unknowingly spread a fake coupon scam because the deal is too good to pass up. Other times the con is harder to spot, especially with imposter scams mimicking a legitimate website. Click that link, and you are in danger of losing money - and getting your identity stolen. We've got tips to help you keep your social profile scam-free.

Read more →

Gingerbread Bridges and Skyscrapers Challenge

Participants can enter in one of 4 different age categories:
Elementary  |  Middle school  |  High School  |  Adult 18+

  • Each category will have two winners (Best Design and Most Creative) and each will receive a prize
  • Structure should be a bridge or skyscraper
  • The structures may not be larger than 40” long X 11” wide
  • The entire structure must be edible!
  • Ginger Bridges/Skyscrapers will be due at the museum for set up by November 21st
  • More information including entry form will be made available on the NMIH website in mid-October (www.nmih.org )
  • Questions can be directed to driffle@nmih.org 
Win a four pack of Lehigh Valley Zoo tickets!
Murphy is anxiously awaiting
to meet you!!

The first three people to like us on our Facebook and comment "send me to the zoo" will win a family four pack of Lehigh Valley Zoo Tickets!!

Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

7 Halloween Towns In New Jersey That Will Terrify And Delight You In The Best Way Possible

New Jersey is one of the best states in the nation to celebrate Halloween. The Garden State has a rich haunted history and an abundance of seasonal events. We may not have Salem, but we do have seven towns that go above and beyond to make the holiday as delightfully spooky as can be. They're listed next, in no particular order.  See MORE
Thousands Of Bikes Left Behind At Burning Man Are Heading To Hurricane Victims
October 2, 2017
70,000 people attended Nevada's Burning Man festival this September, leaving behind 5,000 bicycles that were all going to be scrapped.

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Haunted Places in the
Lehigh Valley

Ghost expert and author Charles J. Adams III shares his favorites Lehigh Valley haunted locales.

Haunted Places in the Lehigh Valley
Ghost Expert Charles J. Adams III said a 20th century restoration of this 1758 building rattled the spirits of ghosts like Elizabeth Moore, a nurse who died at the inn in 1897. (lehighvalleylive.com file photo)

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Ghost Guide 2017: Lehigh Valley haunted houses and Halloween events

The Halloween season is under way in the Lehigh Valley, with more opportunities to get scared out of your wits than ever before.

There's more family fun, too, such as corn mazes, fall festivals and storytelling. And parades and trick-or-treating are right around the corner.

See the video →

US Navy submarines are getting Xbox 360 controllers to control their periscopes
By Shannon Liao
The US Navy is beginning to use Xbox 360 controllers to operate the periscopes on submarines, according to The Virginian-Pilot. The first submarine to get the new controller will be the USS Colorado, which goes into active duty in November. The Xbox controllers will later be added to other Virginia-class submarines.

Virginia-class submarines are getting the Xbox controller added to their integrated imaging systems, which will replace a complex-looking, helicopter-style control stick. These submarines are less expensive and more modern versions of the Seawolf-class submarines, which were commissioned in the late 1990s.

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Is a peck larger than a bushel?

Get the Answer!
Quote of the Month

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Google to let anyone add to Street View, starting with Insta360's
Pro camera
 Posted Oct 2, 2017 by Darrell Etherington

Google has a new program called "Street View ready" which will make it possible for anyone with the right hardware to contribute to its Street View imaging database, typically assembled using Google's official 360-degree camera-toting Street View cars. The first camera officially designated 'Street View auto ready' is Insta360's Pro camera, the 8K 360 camera which captures still images at up to 5 frames per second, and which has real-time image stabilization built-in.

Read more →
How These Lehigh Valley Places Got Their Weird Names

By Sarah Cassi | For lehighvalleylive.com

Family names, undesirable neighbors
In the Lehigh Valley, Egypt is nowhere near the Nile River and the meaning behind Chickentown either involves live birds or famous cooked dinners.
Some of the places on this list are still thriving boroughs or villages, while other names fell by the wayside over time.

Read more here →

<<<   HEXENKOPF HILL (Northampton County)
Did You Know? 
Googol is a number (1 followed by 100 zeros)

The term 007 was derived from 2007, the home zip code of many Washington, D.C. agents.

Puppy falls asleep on scale at first vet visit!

How to Request Service From EZ Micro Solutions

We're nuts about
helping our customers!

Do you need support? Are you a new client or a new employee of a client or do you just need a little refresh on how to request service from EZ Micro? Whatever the reason you are reading this article, here are the details for reaching us!

Service Desk
Our Dispatch Coordinator is the center of our support team. Any issues you experience should be reported here first by opening a Service Request using one of the following methods. Our service desk is available from 8:00 AM EST - 5:00 PM EST Monday through Friday.

Simply send an e-mail to support@ezmicro.com. The subject line of the e-mail will become the Summary of the Service Ticket. The body of the e-mail will be posted to the Detail Description section of the Service Ticket. Please provide as much information as possible so we can handle the request accurately and quickly.

Web Portal
If you do not have access to the EZ Micro Solutions Service Portal please contact us and request access. The support portal can be accessed by going to www.myezmicro.com. This will show you all of tickets for your organization and the current status of those tickets. Additionally, new tickets can be created and information can be added to existing tickets. In addition, depending on your restriction level, you'll be able to view all of your past invoices with EZ Micro as well as view the details of all of your managed devices (servers, firewalls, PCs, etc.).

Standard Phone Support
To reach the EZ Micro Solutions call 610-264-3991. If you should need assistance after hours, weekends, or holidays, please press 3 to have the Engineer on-call notified of your situation. Please note, our Emergency Rate applies after-hours, weekends and holidays.


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