When you fly to Eastern Europe, it’s important to have entertainment to pass the time. I split time between a couple of books and a few movies.
The Hardware Hacker: Adventures in Making and Breaking Hardware
Early this year, I enjoyed watching Ask an Engineer with Andrew “bunnie” Huang. I’ve been meaning to read his book The Hardware Hacker: Adventures in Making and Breaking Hardware. Especially with all of the hardware experimenting I’ve been doing. I haven’t been making time to read any books lately, but I figured this trip would be a great time to get back on the train. I bought the book and added it to my Kindle.
The title is misleading; The book’s main focus is on the manufacturing of hardware. Even though I’ll probably never manufacture a hardware product, I did learn a lot and enjoyed the read. Many of my favorites parts of the book centered around China. More to come in an upcoming blog post, once I do some research and learn more about a few topics.
I should check out bunnie’s other book, Hacking the Xbox: An Introduction to Reverse Engineering.
I’ve been wanting to see this movies, so I jumped all over it when I saw it in the Delta options. Really enjoyed it. We take computers for granted so much and it’s pretty amazing to think that we made it into space with so much of the math being done by hand. The movie was a good reminder of how far we’ve come with gender and racial equality in the last 50 years. We still have so far to go.
Pretty sure I’ve had this on my Kindle for at least 5 years, maybe even since it was released in October of 2011. After reading the Hardware Hacker and learning so much about electronics lately I felt it was a good time to dive in.
Amazon says the book has 657 pages, so it’s no wonder I didn’t finish it. I think I’m just over 1/3 done.
I’m actually glad I waited so long to read the book; getting a better understanding of how electronics work and tinkering with them is allowing me to appreciate Jobs’ early years more than I would have before.
An enjoyable feel-good story. Doesn’t hurt that Will Smith, Keira Knightley, and Edward Norton all starred in it; they are some of my favorites.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Does Tom Cruise ever age? I liked the first one better. Most of the fight scenes were pretty poor in this.