Flu Shot?

It’s that season again, here’s what you need to know about this year’s vaccine.

Teen Driving Lessons

I get some high performance driving lessons from Phil Mirenda of CGI Motorsports. Some time spent on the track to make me an even better driver on the road. Here’s the feature from cbschicago.com.

Hades 360

After spending a few days in Wisconsin with my dad, we turned things upside down with a trip to the Wisconsin Dells and Mt. Olympus. The theme park, known for its outstanding wood coaster, Hades, has given it a twist this year. It is the first wooden roller coaster, with a traditional wooden track, that flips riders upside down. It does the 360 degree corkscrew after it emerges from underground. That’s what you need to realize about Hades. It already is a wild ride. It opened in 2005 with the steepest drop of any wood coaster, it then sends you flying into a pitch black tunnel under the parking lot, emerging for a series of twists and turns, and back underground to the main coaster area to finish your ride. 1,400 feet of your ride is underground! So, now, it’s Hades with a flip…and that’s why it’s called Hades 360. One more thing, all the coasters were extra rough today. The 90 degree heat does special things to coasters. Hades had a sign warning that today’s ride would be especially “aggressive.” It was!

2013 Chicago Auto Show

A few photos from the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Open through February 18, 2013.

The concept car that could update the Corolla. At the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

The concept car that could update the Corolla. At the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

A matte finish for this VW.

A matte finish for this VW.

VW headlamp gets the LED treatment. At the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

VW headlamp gets the LED treatment. At the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

Jeep. 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

Jeep. 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

Outstanding 2014 Corvette Stingray C7.

Outstanding 2014 Corvette Stingray C7.

Scion FRS. 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

Scion FRS. 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

FRS Boxer Engine.

FRS Boxer Engine.

Stunning Lexus concept. At the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

Stunning Lexus concept. At the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

Honda concept electric. 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

Honda concept electric. 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

Technology In The Driver’s Seat

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A look at a new way for driver’s to interact with their technology, Cadillac CUE. From First Business News.

Viral Wizard

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Meet Emerson Spartz. Creating popular content on the Internet since the age of 12. This piece was shot for First Business News.

TaskRabbit

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When you need it done, and you need help getting it done, call a TaskRabbit. The site has expanded to more cities, offering a bunch of vetted workers who bid on the tasks you have at hand. What’s the #1 task they’re asked to do? Watch the video….you’ll be amazed!

Lasko Desktop Wind Tower Fan

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Have the coolest cube in the office! This small tower looks like a heater but it’s a space saving fan tower. Quiet on low speed, it’s effective and has a unique pivoting top. Great for a home office, small room or cubicle. See my whole review at viewpoints.com.

How the Koobface Attackers Were Exposed

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Koobface hit Facebook users and created a botnet of computers to do its dirty work. Using social media, it got people to eventually choose to upgrade their Adobe Flash player…not knowing it was actually a fake upgrade designed to download the malware. Facebook exposed the gang and this is a wonderful look at the excellent cyber security work by another firm that also came up with the same names.

Connected World Conference

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We stopped by the conference held by Connected World Magazine and did this video piece for First Business News.

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