Did anyone else catch that weird posting on the City of Harrisburg’s Facebook page the other day? I’m not sure what to make of this. It sounds out of character, but I’m sure it’s legit. The post has since been deleted, but I’ve captured it below:
Browsing through today’s PennLive, counted not one, not two, not three, but seven (and a half) crime stories pertaining to Harrisburg from the past 24 hours:
A woman was mugged in the River Street Garage (the one on Second; no idea why they chose to name it after the small alley that runs behind it rather than the major thoroughfare that runs in front of it, but I digress), a c-store clerk was robbed, a guy was mugged with a brick, a dude was assaulted in a park near Italian Lake, a teen’s laptop was stolen while he was using it, some dude kicked a woman in the face and stole her purse, and a guy was stabbed while walking around. The “and a half” comes from a Harrisburg guy who was charged with breaking into an apartment in Carlisle. And again, this was all reported in a 24-hour period.
Naturally, the PennLive West Shore Trolls did not hesitate to blame this on Linda Thompson / Barack Obama / the Democrats / the Liberals / “those people” / people who don’t listen to Glenn Beck. But the real question remains unanswered — what just happened?
Have you seen the Fake Linda Thompson account over on Twitter? There’s been a bit of an uproar in the media in the past 24 hours, with at least one outlet reporting that Mayor Thompson’s Twitter account has been hacked — inadvertently comically, of course.
It definitely wasn’t hacked.
So the Harrisburg city council’s website was hacked. I’m pretty sure this isn’t the first time this has happened, and it won’t be the last. But what’s frustrating is that this can be solved at a cost of about $10 per year to city taxpayers, which is probably less than we’re paying for hosting right now.
First, being the IT Professional ™ that I am, I’m going to offer the city some complimentary advice on securing their website:
- Stop using “lindasucksLOL” as your root password. It’s really not that secure, though kudos for use on the mixed capitalization. (IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR THE SARCASM-IMPAIRED AND/OR HARRISBURG MAYOR LINDA THOMPSON (MAYOR, HARRISBURG (MAYOR)): I don’t really know the root password)
- No matter how much she cries, no matter how much she begs — never, never give Mayor Thompson (Mayor (Harrisburg (Mayor))) the password after midnight.
- For Christ’s sake stop replying to those emails from “legal@yourwebmaster dot com.ru”. They aren’t really from your webmaster and you don’t really need to send him your password “or face account deleshon (sic)”!
In all seriousness, however, there is one option the city should consider. And it would only cost taxpayers about three cents a day.
Today I stumbled across The 1500 Project, a future mixed-use residential and commercial five-story-plus-roof midrise going in at the corner of Sixth and Reily streets. I’ve actually heard rumblings about the venture before, but I figured it would pretty much go the way of the hirise that was supposed to be built in front of the River Street garage (where Sawyer’s is now). It looks like the project is moving ahead, with plans for 43 condos spread over four floors plus a loft level.
The building will occupy the entire block from 6th & Reily to 5th & Boyd. Presently, this lot is vacant aside from a solitary duplex. It’s easily within walking distance of everything midtown has to offer, and its proximity to the forthcoming courthouse helps cement thoughts of further redevelopment in the area. Underground parking will be available for residents. It looks like the parking / storage area will empty onto Fifth Street (hooray!), which will help shunt some of the residents towards midtown.