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  • February 19, 2015

    iWoz by Steve Wozniak Book Review

    iWoz is a life story written by Steve Wozniak by well himself. We all have heard the stories of Apple but I think this book really gives you an insight into Steve Wozniak the person. I never knew so much about Steve Wozniak the person until I read this book. I knew his Apple stories but never his personal life. Steve Wozniak really takes a deep look into his education talking about math his science projects and his college years and of course his college pranks. Steve Wozniak talks about his deep love of electronics and love of engineering. Steve talks about both his parents and how influential they were in his upbringing and education. I loved his stories about creating a dial a joke number and using his blue box to call long distance numbers to listen to jokes. I really enjoyed his section about answering machines and picking easy phone numbers for jokes. Steve Wozniak talks about his time at Hewlett Packard and creating calculators there and his love of working at HP and how great it was and all the fun things he did there and loved. He talks about how he left HP and moved on to Apple. Steve Wozniak dives into his relationships with his wives and the love of his children. He talks about child hood development and his love of teaching and education. Steve Wozniak writes about his journey of life after Apple and his work on the first universal remote. I loved this book I would definably make this required reading for anyone with love of apple products. If you have an iPhone, iMac or iPad this will give you respect for the man who founded the first Apple products the Apple 1 and Apple 2. I give this book 5 Stars. Support...
  • This terrific follow-up to The Lincoln Lawyer, featuring troubled defense lawyer Mickey Haller, also includes famed police detective Harry Bosch, who has been a hero in thirteen previous Connelly mysteries. Though Haller and Bosch work on opposite sides (one on defense and one on prosecution) and even live on opposite sides of the bay, they are thrown together against their wills and must cooperate if they are going to see justice served. Haller has just returned to law practice after a hiatus in which he has dealt with his demons and his addictions, the result of a long, painful hospitalization and several complex surgeries after he was “gut shot.” Haller has inherited the entire caseload of former prosecutor Jerry Vincent, who became a defense attorney after Haller beat him soundly in a court case. Vincent has been murdered in the garage beside his office, his laptop and case notes missing, with the biggest case of his career due for trial in less than a week. Walter Elliot, head of the highly successful Archway Pictures, is being tried for the murder of his wife and her lover, and he refuses to agree to a continuance, even though Haller, new to the case, recommends it. This case, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, soon begins to overlap with another of Vincent’s cases–one taken pro bono, and not in any of Vincent’s  files or on his calendar–a complete “mystery case” to Haller. As he works, Haller relies on stalwart friends and associates, all of whom show their own personalities here as they support Haller and try to keep him from backsliding under stress. His first former wife, Maggie McPherson, a prosecutor, needs to be reassured that he is stable enough to be a father again to his daughter. His second former wife, Lorna...
  • I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I have only discovered Art Bell within the last year or so, unfortunately (wish I had started listening earlier). But I felt compelled to learn more about this fascinating guy. Art Bell is a hall of fame radio broadcaster and former nightly host of Coast to Coast AM. Art Bell would then retire and move to weekends then start another show on SiriusXM called Dark Matter after being off the air for years. Art Bell is now retired again and is looking into podcasting a new show. The book is a bit dated since being published in 1998 but the book gives you insight into Art Bell’s entire life history. I remember listening the night on the radio where he was taking calls from fans for book name suggestions. When reading the book you have to remember it was published in the pinnacle of his broadcasting career. Nonetheless, it is interesting to get to know the man behind the voice that I was so accustomed to hearing night after night. Besides his childhood, education, domestic life, and career, Art discusses how he used to get callers and guests to talk on the air, and even relates his feelings toward what he heard and was broadcasting. He discusses his transition from Ham Radio into talk radio and how he spent time in the military which started his career and interest in the radio business. The book is written in a conversational style that made me imagine I was chatting with Art in his studio during commercial breaks. If you are familiar with Art Bell’s voice, his on-air personality & the general aura presented on his radio show, this book flows in a familiar way. I found almost every chapter captivating which if you’re a...
  • March 13, 2014

    The Cuckoos Egg Book Review

    This is a real-life spy thriller centered on computer hacking and espionage on high-end military and research establishments in the US. We read about painstaking hours spent by the author, stalking an intruder through computer terminals and communication hardware and experiencing indifference from the FBI, the NSA, the CIA and the Air force and the Army even though it is these institutions’ computers which were detected by the author as having been compromised by the hacker. Finally, you read about repeated attempts by the author, tracking the hacker and failing to nail him due to the intruder logging off a little too soon before the international phone-tap could succeed. The events occur in the late 1980s and so I found all the technical details of the ‘security holes’ which were exploited by the hacker in Unix systems and VAX computers quite familiar and fascinating, having heard about issues like thing in college. What is really revelatory about these events was that it took the hacker mainly patience and not software wizardry to break into all these high security systems because most of these systems simply used obvious passwords or emailed passwords in clear text between systems and the systems administrators hardly monitoring any of the audit trails to see if unauthorized users have logged on to their systems. In many ways, it shows that the computer world in 1987 was a much more innocent one than it is today, with most systems being open and trusting so as to enable co-operation and inter-operability between institutions and individual scientists. Dr.Clifford Stoll was an astrophysicist with the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL) and has the profile of the typical left-leaning Berkeley academic. As Systems manager, he stumbles on a small 75 cent accounting discrepancy in his systems and while tracking it down, finds...
  • January 19, 2014

    Trump The Art of the Deal Book Review

      Trump: The Art of the Deal is a 1987 book by business magnate Donald Trump, that is part memoir and part a business advice book. It became one of the most successful business best-sellers of all time, reigning at the top of the New York Times Bestseller list for many weeks. Trump writes about his childhood, his work in Brooklyn prior to moving to Manhattan and building The Trump Organization out of his studio apartment, developing the Hyatt Hotels and Trump Tower, renovating Wollman Rink, Arena Football, Atlantic City and other projects. The business advice in the book can be classified as dated however the books gives you great insight into creative finance in the real estate world. When talking about Atlantic City especially it gives you insight on how to build a real estate empire using borrowed money. The book included a week in the life of Donald Trump showing his busy schedule and insight into his family life. I give the book five stars. Buy Now On Amazon Support The Technology Geek Trump: The Art of the Deal
  • October 10, 2012

    The Bourne Legacy Book Review

    The Bourne Legacy published in 2004 is a spy fiction thriller written by Eric Van Lustbader. It is the fourth novel in the Jason Bourne series created by Robert Ludlum and the first to be written by Lustbader.  There was a movie released in August of 2012 that is nothing even remotely like this great novel. The movie focuses on film stars Jeremy Renner who plays Aaron Cross.  A member of a black ops program whose agents are physically and cognitively enhanced, goes on the run once Bourne’s actions lead to the public exposure of Operations Treadstone and Blackbriar.  None of this has ever been mentioned in the book. The novel focuses on Jason Bourne now a professor at college.  He is settled down with his wife Marie and two children under his real name David Web.  A threat is made against his live and now the Jason Bourne persona must come back and protect his life, family and friends.  Bourne is much older in this book and focus more on his thoughts from vietnam and his struggles to reclaim is fragmented thoughts.  Which come back to haunt, help and move him into the right direction just like the previous three books. Over the course of the book we learn a great deal more about Bournes past as he uncovers an elaborate plot to try and kill some very important public figures.  While fighting of a ruthless assassin who is a very important persons from his past. This book is another GREAT novel with this great captivating character.  I think this book focuses more on Bourne’s personal past and current situation then it does his time as an operative.  Even though there are parts of it mentioned in the book it’s not the main focus. Overall this was a great book...
  • August 27, 2012

    Rigged Money Book Review

    http://www.amazon.com/Rigged-Money-Beating-Wall-Street/dp/1118099680 Rigged Money is a great book Lee Munson highlights a lot of key points that are different then the usual Wall Street mentality.  One reason I like this book is because Munson actually works with clients and investing he is not just another author writing a book. Some key points in this book I loved were 1.  The Buy and Hold is a scam 2.  Most ETF’s are scams 3. The Lie of the Pie 4. Wall Streets invents the demand 5. Throwing mud on the theory of a random walk and efficient markets 6. The classic financial adviser sales pitch Overall I though this was a great book and a great read and thank you Lee Munson for leaving no Wall Street stone unturned. Buy Now On Amazon Support The Technology Geek Rigged Money: Beating Wall Street at Its Own Game
  • May 5, 2012

    Ghost In The Wires Book Review

    I myself always enjoyed reading mostly my genres consist of technology books, autobiographies and biographies.  I have read may different books as of late which I will eventually blog about but today I would like to highlight Kevin Mitnick – Ghost In The Wires.  This book gave a very detailed look at Kevin Mitnick’s life and cleared up a lot of rumors about this past.  Steve Wozniak even does blurbs in the book giving it even more authenticity.  The book speaks about the Free Kevin movement.  Touches on the movie that was right to DVD Track Down.  The book does go into some techie information for more of the technical person and geek at heart but also does a good job of simplifying information for the average reader.  I think this was a great book and I had a hard time putting it down.  I will also be reading Kevin Mitnick –Art of Deception and Art of Institution soon.  I give this book 5 Stars. Buy Now On Amazon Support The Technology Geek Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker