Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I love me some Kindle........

It's been awhile since I've updated my blog...so here goes.

Ever since I started to read when I was a young pup.......it's one of my favorite activities. My wife and I have passed this on to both our kids.

When I was a kid and I didn't know something-my pop would say "Look it up" and I'd hit the library and borrow a bazillion books to read.

When the Kindle came out I immediately wanted one but held off, because let's face it- 300 bucks is a big spend for an electronic doo-dad.

Since I sold my Cross-Check for a nice chunk of change..I figured it was time to pull the trigger and spend a few bucks on a Kindle.

When I was a kid, if you woulda told me that I could have a device that would put a book in my hot little hands in less then two minutes...I probably would have thought you were crazy.

I can buy stuff on the Kindle or download PDF's and it's readin' time! I mean...how damn cool izzat?

In other news....the air conditioning on my van has finally shit the bed.

Ain't nothing like driving around in a heated beer can in the middle of summer with only one operating window...needless to say- we'll be putting a ton a miles of my wife's car- I spend enough time at work sweating like a pig-it's gonna be my "go to work" car and our son will get to use it to go back and forth to work this summer- what teenager needs air conditioning anyways?

The radio still works...what else does he need?

If anyone has a lead on a good used cheap car (with air conditioning).....lemme know. Nothing fancy-we ain't gots lots of money- it's expensive helping two kids get through college.

Been fixing lots of computers lately.....I think the rise of social media (places like Facebook) have made hackers jobs much easier. Send someone a link to a page that looks just like Facebook and ask them to confirm their info for some reason and you're in. From there, it's relatively easy to social engineer unsuspecting or less then sharp computer users.

For example, earlier this month I had a client bring me their computer because it was acting "funny" and was really slow. I found tons of malware on it but the one file I found that made me call them immediately was a banking trojan.

Not sure how that will resolve itself- they are going to keep a very close eye on all their financial stuff and I suggested they contact their bank as well....needless to say- at that point I didn't even screw around with trying to fix their install of XP- I wiped the drive and started from scratch. They weren't sure how they got the infection, but their anti-virus was expired so that might have been part of it. Sure, it was a little inconvenient having to reinstall all their stuff but it's better to be safe then sorry.

I'm taking a week of vacation...our daughter is moving from her college dorm to an apartment this week with some of her fellow students for the final 15 months of grad school. I'm really not sure how she does it....all we can do is slip her some money once and awhile and help her with rent.

She has worked her ass off ever since she's been a kid, I'm extremely proud of her and a little more then a year from now-she'll be the first person in our family with a Master's degree. Way cool as far as I'm concerned. Our son still hasn't quite figured out what he wants to do in college yet...he's got plenty of time (he's in 11th grade) but one thing's for sure-I'm just as proud of him as well...we have way cool kids.

I have a doctors appt in a couple of weeks...unfortunately the SynVisc injections didn't do diddly for my knee arthritis....looks like it's gonna be knee surgery time again-this time on my other knee-not looking forward to it whatsoever. Last time I was black, blue and purple from my shin to my hip. Whatever, it's gotta get done and that's that-lots of folks have way worse problems they deal with on a day to day basis.

Been riding my converted bicycle/moped as much as time permits...damn, that thing is fun! Yeah, it's a total luxury spending several hundred bucks on a kit to convert a bike to a moped- but it was that or not be able to ride a bike at all-it's great to b able to get out once and awhile and get some fresh air. It doesn't do much on the exercise front, I've lost 30 pounds but I still want to lose another 30 so I can say I weigh less then 200 pounds.....plus I'll get to live longer to spend our kid's inheritance :-)

till later.

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