Thursday, November 22, 2007


We celebrated Thanksgiving a day early.  Hubby had to work on Thanksgiving Day.  Our celebration and giving Thanks was forced into a whirlwind.  On the 20th Nathan received an e-mail stating that his response was needed to a situation.  Nathan made a phone call and was told that his name was put in for an IA or Individual Augmentee.  An Individual Augmentee is a Sailor who goes on deployment with another branch of the military.  IAs don't deploy with other Sailors in their command.  If Nathan was chosen he was to leave in less than two months.

Our Turkey dinner was a success.  Nathan cooked a 13lb Tom Turkey that turned out excellent.  It actually cooked in almost half the time.  Of course we stuffed ourselves and had plenty of turkey left over.

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

The Amazon Kindle

Amazon released the best ebook so far. I have been checking these things out for years now and they finally have the technology to replace books. But, it still isn't worth the 400$ price tag for me. It does come with a free no-contract usage of Sprints EVDO network which is a huge bonus. So you can download content almost anywhere. Most books are available and all the major magazines and papers have jumped onboard. I am impressed but the deciding factor for me is my restriction at work. Electronic devices are not allowed. This would be something I would take with me everywhere so when I have a few minutes to kill I can spend it reading. I think waiting out another year or two will allow the bugs to be worked out and hopefully a wider screen. I would also only buy something that can read adobe pdf's. I look forward to the day I never have to pick up a book again.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

A Phishing Challenge

This simple challenge is a good example of the most basic types of phishing. I fell for one of these a while back but immediately realized it when I noticed the URL wasn't correct and changed my password before anything bad happened. The easiest way to avoid these is to never click a link in an email to access a login page (goto the webpage directly in your browser instead, i.e. and never take action on any email telling you to reset/change/update your password or account details.