A Sick Geek Can Be A Happy Geek

So here I sit with a cold on our new couch, with the sun shining beautifully outside. It’s probably not going to get any higher than -7C° (19F°) today with a few scattered clouds. A beautiful Swedish day, basically. Not for this kid though. This cold will probably keep me down all day today and tomorrow. But, fear not! I have a cup of Inca Rose tea (with lemon and honey in it, of course), and a copy of “Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solution (Fifth Edition)” handy, so I’ll be juuuust fine. BTW, for all of you folks out there who really enjoy tea, I definitely recommend Inti Zen out of Buenos Aires. When it comes to tea, these folks produce some of the best in the world, and I’m not exaggerating.

I came across a very cool little app yesterday that I’ve been enjoying like crazy sense. It’s called Remote Buddy. A comment I find most fitting regarding Remote Buddy is: “Just works. Out of the box – without any configuration.” That’s the truth. I installed it, and VOILA! it was working. I don’t know how many of you know it, but the Apple remote is a bit… uh… how do I put this..? …lacking in functionality initially. You can use it for a few things out-of-the-box, but not an incredible amount. And that fact that they come with all of the latest Macs kind of makes it even more frustrating. You get it, press “Menu” and then find yourself asking, “Yeah. And what else?!?” Nevertheless, the talented folks at IOSpirit came up with a excellent piece of software that’s super easy to use out-of-the-box, easy to update, and the IOSpirit folks continue to add new functions to it for LOTS of stuff. And for just €9.99, it was no time before my credit card was out!

Hmm… I’m wondering if I’ll ever make it through “Hacking Exposed”. I’m only on page 15 and I’ve already had to stop and try out some of the interesting things pointed out. I mean how could I possibly resist looking up some old sites using the WayBackMachine? I’ve been an Internet junkie since 1991. There’s no way I was NOT going to see how many trails I’ve left. This is also a great way to see the evolution of a web site. Beware though. It can be both sobering and hilarious.

Time to reward myself with an episode of “24”. Now where’s my Apple remote control, now that it’s really being put to use..?

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