We all laughed at those few that sold all their property and waited for the end of the world on December 21st, 2012. It was the day the Mayan Long Count Calendar ended, it was dubbed “The Mayan Apocalypse”. Of course there was no end of the world, we all woke up in the 22nd.
The word “Apocalypse” is rooted in Greek. It’s literal translation has nothing to do with a cataclysmic ending of human habitation on the Earth. It translates as “disclosure of knowledge”. Here at KNCO it was quite the opposite.
One of the most popular programs we have on KNCO is Swap Shop. It airs weekdays from 3 to 5 PM and on Saturday mornings from 8 to 10. A huge part of it’s popularity is how well it works. It’s like a garage sale on the air. Listeners call and list up to 4 items they have to sell, add their phone number, and if the price is right, it sells. Sometimes in minutes! A few years ago KNCO added to the Swap Shop package with a website. We posted all the things people called in to sell or what they wanted to buy. It made the program even more popular because with a single call the entire world was made aware of what was for sale. Buyers didn’t have to listen to the show, they could just look at the on-line listings. Of course the listings didn’t go on the website the same day as the calls came in, so listening was still the best way to make sure you had first dibs on the stuff called in for sale.
Then awhile back the next step was taken, people could directly list their items on the website. Well, it really took off. There wasn’t a limit on the number of items you could list yourself, and you could even add pictures. The amount of data pouring into the swap shop website meant we had to hire the management of the database out to a third party. Everything submitted first came to KNCO to be checked, the rules had to be followed about content after-all. Once we gave it the okay it was posted to the website.
Then came December 21st, 2012. The End of the Swap Shop website. It was a hiding of knowledge. The Anti-Apocalypse!
Someone with too much time on their hands digitally attacked the third party database management company. I’m sure it wasn’t because of Swap Shop. KNCO isn’t this companies only client. But they got hacked, and hijacked. Which means our passwords to the administrative side of the website no longer worked. We could no longer access the information, couldn’t add posts, or alter information. Zip. Nada. Nothing.
What’s next? Good question. we have been assured that the database management company is doing everything they can to get control of their servers back. This could take a while. In the mean time Swap Shop goes on, every weekday from 3 to 5 and Saturday from 8 to 10. It’s now the only way to make known what you have for sale, or what you are looking for to improve your life. It’s Swap Shop Old School.
All that being said, there is no reason to worry about your computer being infected or bothered by attempting to post on the Swap Shop site, or looking at the now outdated information contained on that site. Also, there was no attack made on this website. The KNCO website was never attacked. The only scary thing about this website is, they allow me to post blogs . . . . . . . .