Over the last couple of years, slowly and surely there has been an air leak into our pool pumping system. Everything seem to point to the old metal pipes underground with the line pulling water out of the pool to the pump more probable than line pumping the water back in the pool.
This last month things got significantly worse and we'd need to do something. There was just too much air in the line to pull water through the system to keep the pool clean.
We got a couple of quotes to dig up the old pipes and replace them. You know you are in trouble when both quotes came back in the same large ballpark called "Unaffordable."
I was curious of what type of portable pumping options there might be out there to keep things going until we could decide what to do. So I started Googling. And then it hit me as I'm looking at these portable pumps -- I had all the pieces they had. I just needed to run the pipping where the leak was over ground. It couldn't be that easy could it? Well, it turn out to be significantly easier and less expensive that expected.
My friend Gary listened to my plan and agreed to help. I got all the parts and pieces at Home Depot for under $40; and Gary was able to take my plan and make it work in just under 2 hours. We capped off the old pipe, hooked up a new line from the pump into the pool, tested it for any leaks, and even created a DIY safety lid out of spare wood.
The "re-mastered" system is working great, and I believe it will work long enough for us to figure out what we really want to do in the pool area and budget accordingly. Thanks Gary!
Next year's conference is August 6-7, 2015. If you get a chance, then I highly recommend you attend if you are in a leadership position. I probably won't be able to attend as next year's DEFCON is August 7-9, 2015.
It turns out that the IMAP server I was trying to connect to has a digital certificate issue that prompts via GUI a user acknowledgement to agree to use the certificate. However, when you are doing a Test Account Settings ... setup the first time the certificate dialog never comes up and the testing fails. A failed test means the account won't be created.
The work around I found was to create a working IMAP connection using my GMAIL account, and then re-editing the IMAP settings for the server that I wanted to connect to. And in that case you can turn off the Test Account Settings option.
We basically kept the main parts of the recipe but didn't do the following:
No Brown Sugar
No Chili Powder
No Poppy Seeds
We also did half the recipe getting 6 turkey corn dogs and not the 10-12 turkey corn dogs if you follow the recipe.
They turned out great, but they did need a good helping of either ketchup or mustard depending on your taste. Making them very plain and then seeing what we could do with them in the future was our plan.
I think adding the spices/flavors would be good for anyone without picky kids. I also think these would be great with Hebrew National hot dogs or a pre-cooked sausage.
By the way, the picture above was the 2nd picture. Here is the 1st picture with an expert photo bomb from Conrad --
So I got the following: 1 yellow squash, 1 Italian squash, 1 yellow onion, 1 sweet potato, and 1 jalapeno. I then grated them all into a big bowl and mixed them all together (aka the 'veggie mix').
Then I scooped 3 cups of the veggie mix into another mixing bowl, added 1 egg, and a half-cup of Italian bread crumbs.
I then cooked these in a skillet (high heat) until golden brown on both sides using standard canola oil. This made about 7 pancakes and they turned out great.
I then took what was left over in the grated bowl (~3 cups) and made another batch. I cooked these using Kirkland Canola Oil Cooking Spray. I think these actually turned out better and probably slightly more healthier.
I think the Jalapeno is the key special ingredient that added the majority of the flavor that the original recipe had by adding several spices. I'm sure you could tweak the flavor based on what your tastes are - garlic, salt & pepper, more onion, etc.
I think my main advantage was that I was able to get access to SANS Management 414 class via their self-study content using training dollars from work [direct link for more info]. While expensive, the 'do it on your own time' offering was much better for me than going to a class (which can also be expensive).
One of the other key features that I liked about the self-study offering was there were seperate MP3s of all the sessions plus the online course review material. This allowed me to binge listen to the audio content during my daily exercise, drives in the car, and while on travel (which happend about 5 times during my prep time before the test). The only bad news about all this 'listening' is that when I have a CISSP related nightmare I still hear Dr. Eric Cole's voice.
The package included printed slides for all the material (sync'd online to the audio feed): [Domain 1 - Information Security Governance & Risk Management; Domain 2 - Access Controls; Domain 3 - Cryptography; Domain 4 - Physical Security; Domain 5 - Systems Architecture & Design; Domain 6 - Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Planning; Domain 7 - Telecommunications & Network Security; Domain 8 - Application Security; Domain 9 - Operations Security; Domain 10 - Legal, Regulations, Compliance, & Investigation], and a copy of the following book - "CISSP Study Guide" by Eric Conrad, Seth Misenar, Joshua Feldman. Also included was a series of pre-tests both online and paper and then a full practice test that was online.
Once I went through all the material one time via MP3/Slides, I then deteremined when there was a class about 16 weeks/4 mouths in the future and signed up for that one. I found it very useful to have a target date on the calendar to motivate me to block out time for studying. I then spent every Off-Friday from work and ~4 hours each Saturday and Sunday studying the material up to the test week. The test was on Tuesday and I pretty much studied full time Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before the test. If my math is correct that was about ~250 hours of studying (not including the MP3 material listening which I continued doing during my exercise, driving, etc times up to the test).
In addition to the study reference material above, I also took a great deal of practice tests. If there was a test I could take I took it. My prevous experience getting a Windows OS certification and Security+ was that there was a ton on of value in reviewing as many questions as possible. This turned into a a pretty detailed stats tracking on how I was doing and where I needed extra focus. Here is the "final" view of my spreadsheet tracker I setup in Google Docs:
The other thing I did that really helped was that any question I missed during any of the tests I took and turned it into a 3x5 study card. I also kept the cards organized by the 10 major topic areas of CISSP. This helped me really focus on studying the areas that needed the most work. By the end I'm pretty sure I had 400 cards, and on the day of the text all I did before the test was drill through those cards.
What about the actual test? Yes, it was very hard. Definitely the hardest test I've ever taken. I was the last one to leave taking up all but the last 5 minutes before the scheduled end time. I don't know how well I did other than I passed. And since that was the goal -- mission accomplished!
If you have any additional questions, comments, etc. then please let me know.
[Originally written on 2/24/2012 but updated 2/23/3014]
I picked each one specific to issues I was trying to resolve where I use headphones. The HD202 cover my ears very comfortably, but aren't so noise reducing that if someone knocked on my office door I would still hear them. The MDR-XD-200 were 50% off, have excel sound quality, and are something you can wear for hours without much fatigue which is great for movies and audio editing. The Quiet Points were cheaper than the Bose that I had before the were stolen, and fold up pretty well in thier protected case for travel.
Even though I'm content, I find it very interesting to get other folks opinions, suggestions, recommendations, etc. on headphones.
Leo also mentioned that Headroom was a good site with more info. And the Home Theater Geeks podcast have several very detailed podcasts in their library about headphones. If you want to get very technical on headphones (and even some ear buds) these podcasts are highly recommended.
I was able to get a S510M that is marketed towards to Apple Mac users to work on Windows 7 by loading the latest ScanSnap software for Fujitsu for the S510. Once loaded and patched to the latest version, hook up via USB to the Windows 7 computer.
When I did this I got an error that no driver was available, but I went to Computer > Manage > System Tools > Device Manager and right mouse clicked on the Unknown device for the scanner. Choose Properties and then the Driver tab. Click Update Driver ... and then manually select the Fujitsu S510 driver to apply to this device. You should get a warning message saying it might not work but say OK.
Once that drive was applied to the Device the S510M (with S510 driver) showed up in the Imaging device area and scanning worked without any issues.
The main reasons I think this new version (2013) in the base model configuration (WIFI only with 16-GBs) is a big improvement over the last base model version (2012):
Form factor: the width is less so it is easier to hold in one hand
Upgraded internal specs (processor, sensors, etc)
Front and back facing cameras
Also comes with Android v4.3 (the 2012 edition is also supported)
That being said, one of the reasons that it took me more than six weeks (I'm writing this on 9/2/2013) to feel comfortable recommending this version was that the GPS interface had a bad hardware bug that made it pretty much useless for navigation. Since this is a critical feature for me I wanted to make sure there was a fix (released late in August) that addressed the problem. The fixes to v4.3 list below from Google did solve my issues. These fixes were also suppose to fix some touch screen issues but I never had those.
One of the reasons that I decided to not get the 1st generation of the Apple iPad Mini (released in November 2012) and try out the Google Nexus 7 (2012) was mostly: form factor (pretty wide to hold in one hand), cost ($299), no integrated GPS on the WIFI model, and non-Retina display. Plus I was able to get my Nexus 7 (2012) for $150 used via Craigslist (see review).
The one thing that I'm still not 100% happy about is that the camera on the back for "standard pictures" (5-MB) is not that great except in ideal lighting situations. But that is pretty much my only complaint.
So, with all things considered, I do recommend the Google Nexus 7 (2013) tablet if you are in the market for a 7" tablet. I use it everyday effectively for: email; personal productivity; social media; consuming media (news, podcasts, blogs, RSS, video, etc); navigation; games; and tracking stuff (notes, references, health, etc).
UPDATE (11/24/2013): Now that there is a 2nd generation Apple iPad Mini with Retina display I did consider purchasing it, but decided that since I use the GPS everyday for navigation that I'm staying with the Google Nexus 7 (2013). Plus the price difference is something to consider. There are rumors that the 2013 edition will get a new list price of $199 which will mean there is a $100 price difference.
At this point I don't have a good solution recommendation for myself or others that like what they have currently in Google Reader. I'll be check options out over the next month or so. I don't have a huge sense of urgency as there is still time to make a discriminating decision.
Things I liked about Google Reader:
mostly text-based outline views;
can view content & sync in browser, iPad, & Nexus 7;
simple to add & delete feeds;
search through all my feeds;
can organize feeds in folders;
easy to mark folders read;
see only new posts;
star/mark posts for future reference; and
easy to share what I find interesting.
If you have a good recommendation then please let me know.
UPDATE (7/10/2013): I decided on Feedly. It works well via the Web and on Andriod. I've had no issues and would recommend it if you need an RSS reader.