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Ghost in the Wires–Kevin Mitnick

This has been a great book so far.  Not only is Kevin a very sociable person but he is a very entertaining writer.  His stories are amazing.  To think that he left some out. Watch is interview with Snubs on Hak5. “23 Questions with Kevin Mitnick”

Ebooks vs hard cover

I am on the verge of purchasing an ebook reader. I currently read most of my books on my iPad or iPhone. However I have found that in some cases this is not the most reliable readers. I find my iPhone great because it is always with me. However it is not good in the Sun or the beach (sand). The …

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Weekend Project: $15 Mont Blanc pen

I love to use a good pen.  I recently lost my good Cross pen that I always have carried.   In the spirit of being frugal I decided to see what I could find on a budget.  I came across a quick post on lifehacker discussing a Mont Blanc Pen for $15 bucks.   Being a person who likes a good …

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Work Life Balance

I always think about work life balance. I’m what you would call a workaholic. I don’t go to extremes as the definition says, but I do enjoy to work and feel that it is something that is part of me. In my readings I came across this presentation by Nigel Marsh at TED Find a Balance Between Work and Life Through …

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Interesting real world offline hack

There was an interesting article on lifehacker regarding offline file shareing. Kind of like the old “sneaker net”. Where you would put files on a disk and walk the over to someone. The concept of this offline peer-to-peer is to place a flashdrive or similar item into a permanent fixture and people go to that location and either leave info or …

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Text Messages from AOL – turn off

I have had an AOL AIM instant message account for a long time (jimiz12 – IM me if you like). Just recently in the last 4 days, I started to get text messages on my Cell Phone from AIM. I thought that was interesting because I don’t remember every giving AOL / AIM my cell phone number. If I remember properly …

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Football / Soccer Season is here (how do you watch live games)

I am excited, the weather has got a bit colder and today ND football starts. Not only that the EPL (english soccer) has been playing for the last 3 weeks and it has been great. Saturday morning means getting excited about all the games going on. So with all the great technology we have I still can’t watch a sporting event …

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Magazines and the “Shack”

I get 4 magazines. Linux Journal, Wired, Inc, and Money Magazine. I really enjoy each. Inc has so much information and ideas it makes me both excited and angry when I read it each month. Money always gives me ideas and motivation to keep saving and how to continue to invest. Wired Magazine is just to keep up with trends and …

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Comcast – Digital – windows Media Center

I use windows media center on my home theater / basement Projector. Thanks to the wonderful message I got from Comcast that my area is going all digital, I won’t be able to use my system much longer. 1st on my Media center / TiVo I lost the channel data (comcast no longer provides this to analog users) I have preferred …

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Getting Things Done – Currently Reading

I’m currently reading the book “Getting Things Done”. I have not posted much so I figure I can just update on what is going on.

Now Reading : How to own a Continent

I am currently reading Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent link here ( It is part of the stealing the network series. It is a great read. Mostly a mixture of real exploits and technologies is a sci-fi thriller. Not too many new technologies used in the book, but some great concepts on how to get around systems that …

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Reading Carl Hiaasen

I am currently reading a Carl Hiaasen book called “Sick Puppy”. I was turned onto this author from a friend at work. He knew I like the Jimmy Buffett style books and recommend Carl. So far I have read 2 other books. “Skinny Dip” and “Strip Tease”. I really enjoy his style and writing. From what I can tell all of …

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Currently Readin – Carl Hiaasen – Skinny Dip

One of the individuals I work with recommend I read Carl Hiaasen. I had not heard of him before. But, I was told his books are somewhat like Jimmy Buffett books and very enjoyable to read. The kind where you get lost in both the story and the characters. Well this book hit that mark. It was a hard to stop …

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Currently Reading – Odd Thomas

It is summer and I read a lot during this time of the year. I often slide between some technical book (currently reading extreme hacking) and fun books. The book I just finished was “Odd Thomas” by Dean Koontz. I have read a few of his books and they are always entertaining. YOu can find out more here Very good …

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Touching the Void

I am currently reading Touching the Void A great Book about 2 climbers facing danger and the great outdoors. It is Joe Simpson’s account of a near-death experience in the Peruvian Andes. I will update you on the status of this book later on.