Rocco Maglio

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Rocco Maglio is a former Town Commissioner and Mayor of Melbourne Beach, FL. He grew up in Brooksville and is a graduate of Hernando High School as well as PHSC. He current works as a software architect with a strong interest in computer security.

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New law lets government fight propaganda with propaganda

After this year’s election, a topic which has seen a lot of coverage is “fake news.” There were some stories that were shared that sounded plausible to some, but were not true. There was other information that was provided that was true, but may have been obtained by foreign powers.

Some in Congress reacted to this and thus we have the Portman-Murphy Counter-Propaganda Bill. The new law was built into the enormous $611 billion defense appropriations bill signed into law by President Obama on December 23, 2016.

2016: A Year in Review

Several interesting events unfolded here in Hernando County during the past year from harsh weather to inter-governmental squabbles. Many river and coastal residents were swamped by Hurricane Hermine. We lost a few prominent Hernando County residents. We chose some new faces to serve in local government. A variety of new businesses both large and small popped up around the county. Some of our local government bodies clashed over funding issues. When looking back on the tougher situations, we see a community that joined together to overcome.

At Eli’s Cafe, you’re family

At Eli’s Cafe, you’re family

Eli’s cafe is located on US19 in the Rural King plaza. There is a counter in the front and you have to walk down a short hall to get to the dining room. There is a medium sized dining room and they can accommodate decent sized parties.

I don’t think I’ve ever been at a restaurant where the owner was so interactive with customers. It’s like walking into Eli’s living room. Eli greets his customers with a hug or introduces himself with a handshake. Eli and the staff joke with the customers and they tell awesome stories.

The Unfortunate Crum Family

John W. Crum and Ann Pyles Hope, from the Frasier Mountain collection

The members of Richard R. Crum’s family were prominent early Hernando County residents. He settled near present day Brooksville on land provided under the Armed Occupation Act of 1842. His wife Charlotte Pyles Wynn Crum was killed by Seminole Indians in that same year. His son John Washington Crum was murdered returning home from a meeting. Two random murders hitting the same family is certainly unfortunate.

School bus GPS reinstalled without Board approval

The Hernando County School Board has a contract for GPS monitoring of the buses with a company called Synovia Solutions GPS. In the summer, the School board voted to remove all the GPS equipment from the buses and return it to Synovia.

Synovia is claiming that the issues with the software was caused by the School District’s implementation of the software. The fault of each party would have to be hashed out in the litigation if it came to that.

Tech Talk: Staying safe while supporting small businesses online

Rocco Maglio, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, CISSP, has over 20 years in the field of software engineering.

The Internet has enabled small businesses to open with low upfront costs. This enables them to create a storefront on the Internet that can be reached by people all over the world.


Rocco Maglio, CISSP

Tech Talk: Five free MP3s a day from your library

Freegal app

The Hernando County Library provides the ability to download a few mp3 songs each week. These songs are yours to keep forever. This is through an app on your phone Freegal or via their web site http://hcpl.freegalmusic.com. If you know your library card number and your pin, you can use this service and start building a collection of songs today.

The conundrum of fake news and the internet

Rocco Maglio is a Certified Internet Security Systems Professional. He has over 20 years of experience in software engineering.

With the recent Presidential election, the issue of “fake news” has been making headlines. The Washington Post recently ran an article entitled “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say.”

Steam 33 — Café Bistro

Anew Mediterranean cafe Steam 33 has opened across from the courthouse in downtown Brooksville. It is located in the Jennings building which has been home to a number of restaurants in the recent past.

Our waiter gave us a business card of the owner, since it was our first time visiting the restaurant. It said owner Rodrigo Villa-Lobos. We asked where Rodrigo was and he stopped by our table to talk. It is nice to visit small businesses where the proprietor is on premises and can correct any issues.

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