Thursday, September 29, 2011

My Top Science Fiction / Fantasy Books List

Here is a list of my favorite Top Science Fiction / Fantasy books.  I think everyone should check these out and read them at least once.

  1. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
  2. Blade runner: (Do androids dream of electric sheep)
  3. 1984
  4. 2001 Space Odyssey
  5. Fahrenheit 451
  6. The Wheel of Time Series (There is also a great game based on this series of books)
  7. The princes Bride
  8. I-Robot
  9. The Martian Chronicles
  10. The War of the Worlds
  11. Game of Thrones
  12. The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
  13. I Am Legend
  14. Journey To The Center Of The Earth
  15. The Stand
  16. World War Z
Let me know some of your favorites or if I missed any classics. :)


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

This Week In Tech

Every week I will highlight some of the latest Tech topics I have come across on the net.  Below are a few I thought were interesting.

1.) BMW Introducing Laser Headlights - BMW is designing headlights that use lasers instead of LED.  The laser light is more efficient than LED and uses less power.  It can be directional and the intensity can be tailored depending on road conditions.  Plus if I get road rage I can cut the car in front of me in half ;)

2.) LIFI: Using LED light to transmit data thru the airways. - Scientists are developing a way to use LED lights utilizing a micro-chip to transfer data across the airways.  The plus side is the infrastructure is already there.  The visible light spectrum is allot larger than WiFi, and visible light does not go thru walls so it is more secure than traditional wireless. 
3.) Invisibility Cloak for Tanks - A British firm has developed a way of cloaking tanks in the infrared spectrum. The Adaptiv cloaking technology system can make a tank look like an SUV or even a cow standing in a field.

So there you have it folks.  Some of the cool projects people are working on for the future.  I will post more as I come across them in my travels.


Friday, September 09, 2011

Google Dorks and Hacks

Google Dorks:

What is a Google Dork you ask?  No it's not a nerdy person who is socially inept, it is a term to describe people or websites that are exposed and can be hacked using nothing but simple Google search terms.  Most people are unaware that Google indexes everything, even if it is not apparently out in the open online or accessible thru a link off a webpage.  If it is up on a web server and open to the public then it can be found.

Below are a few common Google hacks you can try to see what I mean:

1.) intitle:"IVC Control Panel"  (this can find security cameras online.  Many can be controlled remotely thru the website without a password :))

2.) filetype:xls   password (This little gem can find spreadsheets with sensitive information in them)
3.) filetype:csv name address ( This finds CSV files or spreadsheets with goodies in them)

There are many more out there, but these are just a few to illustrate what can be done with just a search engine.

Google Hacks:  

Google hacks are more for finding fun stuff and free items online.

1.) Just type "File Name" filetype:torrent (File Name without quotes). - (Neat way to download torrent files using Google)

2.) In Google search bar type: "Software name" 94FBR -  (This is for finding serial numbers for software)
3.) -inurl:htm -inurl:html intitle:”index of” “Last modified” mp3 ( A cool way to find music using the powerful search engine)
4.) -inurl:htm -inurl:html intitle:"index of" +("/ebooks"|"/book") +(chm|pdf|zip) +"For Dummies" (This would search for the For dummies series of books, feel free to replace it with other titles you are searching for)

So you see Google can be used for a huge variety of things other than just to see if cow urine can cure your planters warts ;)