Jun
20
2017
No Place To Hide

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An Amazing Book!!!

Must Read !!

I’ve listened to the audiobook like in two days.
Couldnt leave it down.

Then organize a CryptoParty to your local hackerspace

Tag(s): books
Apr
20
2017
Cyberspies: The Secret History of Surveillance, Hacking, and Digital Espionage

I’ve just finished listening the audio book version of Cyberspies: The Secret History of Surveillance, Hacking, and Digital Espionage by Gordon Corera and liked it.

As the name suggests, It is about the History of surveillance mostly in UK & US.

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Tag(s): books
Apr
05
2017
Ghost in the Wires

I’ve just finished listening the audiobook version of Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker and really liked it a lot.

Everything you need to know about social engineering on a previous era of technology.

Totally recommended on understanding the value of ethical hacking

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Tag(s): books
Mar
24
2017
The Phoenix Project

The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win (2013)

An amazing book about IT and devops philosophy, you have to read it.

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Feb
29
2016
audiobooks feb 2016

I spent a lot of time on commute, so the last year I’ve spent a lot of time listening to podcasts and audio books!

Here are the latest books (in random order) I’ve heard:

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Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

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Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free by Cory Doctorow

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (radio edition) by Douglas Adams

Tag(s): books
Oct
22
2015
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

I did a road trip last week and had almost 11 hours to “kill” while driving.
So I’ve downloaded an audio book to accompany me all those hours.

I chose ‘I, Robot’ a collection of short stories by Isaac Asimov.

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I have to admit that although I was aware on the core beliefs and the Three Laws of Robotics, I had never had the change to read (or listen) I, Robot.

These dystopia stories captivate me from the start!
If anyone havent yet read these stories, PLZ make yourself a present and read (or listen) them.

After that, you should really watch the swedish TV series Real Humans / Äkta människor and/or the british version Humans which are about androids!

Tag(s): books, audiobook
Sep
19
2015
book status

Just finished

τα ουγγρικά ψάρια του Γιάννη Πλιώτα

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Μπορείτε να διαβάσετε ολόκληρο το βιβλίο εδώ

Απίθανη, μυστηριώδης, κωμική απαγωγή !

Ματωμένο Μήνυμα του Jussi Adler-Olsen

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Ενοχή του Jussi Adler-Olsen

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Tag(s): books
Aug
24
2015
The Keeper of Lost Causes - Jussi Adler-Olsen

Μου αρέσουν τα σκοτεινά βιβλία … δεν μπορώ να προσδιορίσω το γιατί. Ίσως μιλάνε υποσυνείδητα σε μέρη που δεν μπορώ ηθικά να φτάσω …

Ειδικά οι συγγραφείς των Σκανδιναβικών Χωρών έχουν γράψει αριστουργήματα κι ο Γιούσι Άντλερ-Όλσεν δεν αποτελεί εξαίρεση.

Στην αρχή του 2013 διάβασα το Βεβήλωση όπου ήταν το 2ο βιβλίο της σειράς Q. Το βιβλίο θυμάμαι το είχα ρουφήξει. Η σύγχυσή μου όταν διαπίστωσα πως είναι το 2ο στην σειρά κι ο Λιβάνης δεν είχε πουθενά το 1ο, απίστευτη. Μάλιστα θυμάμαι πως έχω κάνει φασαρία για το συγκεκριμένο θέμα σε περίπτερο του Λιβάνη σε έκθεση βιβλίων. Ο άνθρωπος στο περίπτερο μίλησε στο τηλέφωνο (καλοκαίρι 2013) μου είπε πως πράγματι δεν είναι διαθέσιμο γκρρρρρρ

Μιας κι η λίστα με τα todo list μου φτάνει στο φεγγάρι, το ξέχασα μέχρι πριν από μερικές μέρες. Όπου η αδελφή μου αγόρασε το 2ο βιβλίο (μετά από προτροπή μου). Μέσα σε 8 ώρες (σάββατο απόγευμα/κυριακή πρωί) ρούφηξα κι αυτό το βιβλίο!!!

Έχουν βγει και δύο ταινίες (βασισμένες στα δύο πρώτα βιβλία του συγγραφέα) -κι αυτές απίστευτες- κι ευτυχώς έχουν βγει και τα επόμενα δύο βιβλία της σειράς Q.

Προσπαθώ να διαβάζω τα βιβλία στα αγγλικά (εάν ο συγγραφέας το έχει γράψει στα αγγλικά) αλλά μιας και δεν μιλώ την γλώσσα του Γιούσι, προτειμώ την εκπληκτική μετάφραση του Χρήστου Καψάλη.

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Tag(s): books
Dec
15
2014
Flowers for Algernon

I like spending my free time reading books. Although i don’t have a good memory and my english are far from perfect, i prefer to read books in english.

A few days ago I was wondering what my potentials would be if i could remember everything i have ever read in my life. When discussing that with a good friend, she told me to read:

Flowers for Algernon

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The book is AMAZING !

Is about the life of a retarded person, Charlie Gordon, whom - through a brain surgery - was given the gift of intelligence. The only problem is that no one knows how much time Charlie has, before loosing it all. What would you do if you had all the knowledge of the world, speaking 12 languages and understanding every scientific field there is? We are viewing the progress of Charlie though his reports and seeing him transform from a dummy friendly person to an egoistic self-center genius!

Charlie also has another problem. The problem that no one treats him like a person. Before he was the laugh of everyone, after a guinea pig. As his understanding of the world is growing, the same goes for his mental and physiological state. He is straggling to find out who is he real, what’s his place in the world. To learn from his retarded past, to make amens with his parents, to accept his future.

“First published in 1959 as a short story, Flowers for Algernon was released in novel form in 1966 and has since sold millions of copies.”

There are already two movies (at least), some theatrical plays, audio books, cliff notes, study notes, summaries, reviews, etc etc

You have to read this book!

Tag(s): books
Dec
02
2014
genetics and police procedural

From my previous book-related blog post, I ‘ve read NONE of them and started two new books:

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So, why did I choose those books?

I am a fan boy of police procedural stories (Jeffery Deaver is the BEST in this category) and the DNA-genetic approach was intriguing me. I had tons of questions and a very good friend of mine answered all of my questions on the subject.

So what’s the story of the first book ?

A detective with a dark side is trying to solve a missing-person case. With a strange twist the missing case is transformed to a series of deaths relating to a company that performs genetic research! The dark side of the detective is based on his primitive instincts and that is a result of genetic chimeras. I dont want to spill the beans and that’s way i will not write more about the book. The story is well written and has a technical base around genetics. The book challenges the ethics of DNA research and at what cost we are going to change the quality of our life.

The second book is the sequel of the detective’s story. The detective doesnt seem to be so stable as in the first book. He has health problems and the biggest one is that he is now trying to catch a serial killer who is defacing his victims with acid! The main story is around a HIV research facility which is doing human trials on a new vaccine. The detective is running out of time as his body crashing and everyone has abandoned him.

Tag(s): books
Nov
02
2014
Deep Web

After finishing my Cyberpunk reading of Burning Chrome a short story collection & Neuromance by William Gibson started to search for new books to read.

@comzeradd suggested the bellow books:

  • Ancillary Justice (2013) by Ann Leckie
  • Cryptonomicon (1999) by Neal Stephenson
  • Homeland (2013) by Cory Doctorow
  • Little Brother (2008) by Cory Doctorow
  • Pirate Cinema (2012) by Cory Doctorow
  • Robopocalypse (2011) by Daniel H. Wilson
  • Snow Crash (1992) by Neal Stephenson
  • Permutation City (1994) by Greg Egan
  • The Emperor’s New Mind (1989) by Roger Penrose

but (as always) something new caught my eye!

a tweet about free books at noisetrade, a site that i hadn’t heard before.

There are short stories and books from indie (and not) writers that want to promote their job by giving free some stories/books. After a few searches i came up with Social Engineer by Ian Sutherland and immediately hooked up !

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Searching the web for other work of Ian Sutherland i found his personal page on wattapad, a platform for writing & self-publishing short stories and books.

I have to say that there are a lot of stories that you have to read there !

I understand that self-publishing isn’t something easy. Major publishers with their “politics”, promotion and marketing can affect your book price or even your fan base. But wattapad builds their status upon readers and the publicity is being via social media (or blog posts like this one).

So I’ve read the first chapters of Invasion of Privacy there.

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OK - this dude knows his stuff !!

From technical view is nearly perfect and the story has many “Jeffery Deaver - paranoia points and twists “

I don’t want to spoil anything on both books - but I’ve enjoyed the entire time of reading them the last couple weeks.

Take a look on his site Ian Sutherland for more info.

Tag(s): books
Sep
11
2014
The Cathedral and the Bazaar

This amazing essay (you can find it here is one of the best reads you can have about the free & opensource movement.

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If you havent read it yet, take a break and do it now

Tag(s): books
Sep
01
2014
reading books

I like to read.

One of my biggest fears is that I ‘ll never be able to read all the books I’ve checked in my entire life. Even in this technological era that everything is easier and faster - the amount of free time is always less than the year before. That’s the way it is for me and it seems that i can’t do anything to fix it. So i like to keep a short book list - cause my long book list is about a million of unread books (give or take a few thousands). I understand that the previous statement is somehow an overstatement but as I’ve already mentioned in the begging of this blog post, i like to read (although i am not a very smart person).

I never had read William Gibson and I thought to start with the Neuromancer. This would be my first cyberpunk culture book EVER so I believed that i would loved it.

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If you have good friends - as i do - they will find a loophole to screw with you, in everything you ‘ll ever do. And so they did! They told me to stop reading Neuromancer and start the Burning Chrome by William Gibson.

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And so I did! Burning Chrome is a collection of cyberpunk - science function short stories that are written before Neuromancer and that was my first intro to cyberpunk.

After that … i was reading about Transhumanism and watched videos about it.

But the most important thing of all is the fun of knowledge !

I wish i could figured it out that when i was young, in school and not arguing all day with my teachers about everything.

So I am finally reading Neuromancer! I am at 40% on the ebook, 50 days after my first attempt to read it.

Tag(s): books
Jul
18
2014
book status

Just finished

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks

a book about clinical stories on neuropsychology !

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next book in list:

Neuromancer by William Gibson

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Tag(s): books
May
20
2014
Mechanical computers

I am currently pseudoparallel reading (i am currently reading one other book) The Pattern On The Stone By Daniel Hillis and i am really really impressed about the simple explanation on logical gates (boolean algebra).

Hillis is using as an example The Tinkertoy computer - the mechanical computer for playing TicTacToe !
Look at this page to take a quick look: The Tinkertoy computer

BTW The first mechanical computer is the The Antikythera mechanism 100BC to predict astronomical positions and eclipses.

Truly Amazing !

Tag(s): books
May
16
2014
book status
Dec
30
2013
books dec 2013

I have just finished reading the The Kill Room (Lincoln Rhyme #10) by Jeffery Deaver

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and started the The Templar Salvation (Templar #2)
by Raymond Khoury

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Tag(s): books
Oct
18
2013
greek and not ebooks

Καταγραφή δύο βιβλία που διάβασα στην αρχή του χρόνου - πριν πάρω το koboglo

  • Βεβήλωση - Adler-Οlsen Jussi

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    Adler-Olsen Jussi - Fasandræberne

  • Μυστήριο στο χιόνι - Gilbert Adair

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    Gilbert Adair - The act of Roger Murgatroyd

Tag(s): books
Oct
18
2013
latest book reads
Aug
12
2013
latest book reads