Home Again

To all my friends who woundered where my website when and what’s been happing with my family.

Last year, in the middle of covid-19, an ice storm disconnected me from the grid. No power.

After 30+ years living in my house I was forced to move out. The house was a mess. Full of theirty years of stuff and comming apart from niglect. I moved into an apartment and started to work.

My children, Nathan and Traci, pitched in and help clean. I called an electrician who rewired the house. I patched the sheetrock walls and painted them. Replaced the doors, front, side, back. Painted the ceilings. Now we are working on the kitchen.


So it has been almost a year since I posted to my own website. I guess I didn’t have anything to say.

A lot of my time has been taken up with radio control model flying. I’m president of the TORKS.

I’ve started doing my art again. To get things going I’ve sketching in sketchbooks again. Some of the art sites like Urban Sketchers have places to share your work. I thought I might do that here too.

Here are a few pages from my sketchbook.


Rogue Code: by Mark Russinovich

Some times I feel like writing.  This is funny because lots of people say I don’t do it well. Also, I’m dyslexic so, the process it a little painful.  Please give me your honest opinion. Believe me, there is nothing you can say I haven’t heard and it won’t stop me from writing. 

I read Rogue Code by Mark Russinovich about a month ago.  It was so good I’m about to reading it again.  It’s not as intense as a Clancy novel but it’s close if your a techie.

Mark works at Microsoft in the Windows Azure product team as a Technical Fellow.  He also helped develop the suite of Microsoft’s utilities called “Windows Internals”.

I have said, “writing software is like writing a novel where ever letter has to be perfect”. Also, “writing code is as much a creative process as writing a novel”. Mark can do both very well.

In Rogue Code, Mark takes you through the world of investment trading and the new mob. Mark’s character,  Jeff Aiken, is a computer penetration tester (pen-tester) and is given a job to pen-test the New York Stock Exchange.  It turns out hackers are way ahead of him.  As the plot unfolds, in a real life way, Jeff finds himself being chased by both the police and the mob. The book’s cross of disciplines (trading stocks and internet security) has grabbed the attention of companies like DittoTrade who mention it on their blog posts. It’s curious that this book has not picked up more traction, but alas that is likely because not many people want to read about the techy world like this.

If you read this book you’ll learn how stock trading is done today, more about every kind of trading platform that currently exists and, how computer security people work.  This book is so real to live I expect to see just such a story in the news any day. But they would never print the truth.  You’ll also learn why.

I once thought I wanted to work in Information Security (IS).  I did for a short time. It’s because of events like happen in this book I don’t work there now.

Let me know if you read this book. Maybe I’ll tell you some of my stories of working in IS.

Book reviews comming

As of late I’ve been reading a lot of books.  I hope soon to write review of:

  • Rogue Code by Mark Russinovich
  • Trojan Horse by Mark Russinovich and Kevin Mitnick
  • Fatal System Error by Joseph Menn
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Countdown to Zero Day by Kim Zetter
  • How Google Works by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Roseberg and Alan eagle
  • The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford

More Phone Stuff

Ok, so voice dictation is ok for writing blog post.  If you doing tech work it is not so great.  You need a keyobard.  So… I got an iLepo 360 from Flyshark.  It is a very tiny folding keyboard.  I’m typing this post with it.  It connects via bluetooth and it has all the key you need even if some are accessed via a FN key.  With this I’m ready work from the beach.