A cornucopia of stuff. Do it yourself, humor, hacks, fails, self development.

Christopher G Mendla

I am a full stack web developer, IT Manager, Project Manager, Educator, Technologist and someone who maintains a keen interest in life and the world around me.

Clifford Stoll – An astronomy professor who stopped a hacker

In 1986, Cliff Stoll was an Astronomy Professor at Berkley. When a computer administrator was on leave, Cliff was in charge of the systems. He found a 75 cent accounting error and started tracking it down. He eventually exposed a Soviet Bloc hacker who was stealing US Military secrets. His book, The Cuckoo’s Egg details the security issues that allowed the hacker to penetrate some of the most secure systems. The problem is that these vulnerabilities still exist today.

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel – An Amazing Engineer.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a British engineer who left an amazing legacy in his 53 short years. This was the time of the Industrial Revolution. He had vision and drive far beyond most men. His works included Ships, Bridges, Tunnels and Railroads. Most of his works were larger than life such as the amazing Great Eastern Steamship.

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Potassium Iodide and Potassium Iodate – the “Anti Radiation Pills”

The Oyster Creek Nuclear plant in New Jersey just announced an “Unusual Event” due to extremely low tides. The engineers reacted quickly and professionally and reduced power until the situation was back to normal.

However, this does highlight the importance of being prepared for a nuclear emergency. Potassium Iodide and Potassium Iodate provide some specific protection in the event of a nuclear event. Iodine will NOT protect you from massive radiation or fallout. It will however, provide some protection.  Continue reading

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