Monthly Archives: May 2011

Computer Forensics: An Essential Guide for Accountants, Lawyers and Managers

Michael Sheetz’s Computer Forensics is an accessible introduction into the hows and whys of gathering evidence in cyber crimes. Sheetz’s writing is easy to follow consisting of plain language and detailed information to explain this cyber forensics. His tone is casual, not patronizing. When he skips over a highly arcane area, he lets readers know and explains why.

At the end of each chapter, there are references to books which go into greater detail about evidence gathering, the law or technology. Given how wired our society is, sadly, it’s only a matter of time that one becomes a victim of cyber crime. This book will help you feel more empowered, even if like me, the police who’re investigating seemed to have taken a bribe and are ignoring their duties. (Sorry for the digression.)

I found the 2600 Hacker’s Quarterly website interesting and enjoyed reading about some of the important court cases. One investigation I thought was particularly shrewd involved the police or FBI putting a key log program on a suspect’s computer. Because the government couldn’t wire tap, the key log only recorded what the suspect did when the user was offline. They managed to get the evidence they needed and still use it in court because they’d been careful to follow all the rules.

Here are some software tools detectives have at their disposal:

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Posted by on May 30, 2011 in contemporary, non-fiction



This play by Michael Frayn delves into an episode in modern Germany’s history when East German spy Günter Guillaume infiltrated West Germany’s chancellor Willy Brandt. While serving a Communist spy, Guillaume was Brandt’s secretary with access to all correspondence and many discussions.

In parts I found the story hard to follow, but it is a good spy story, not as good as MI-5, but good.

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Posted by on May 24, 2011 in British Lit, contemporary, drama, history



From the Writer’s Almanac

It’s the birthday of Russian-American poet Joseph Brodsky (1940) born Iosip Aleksandrovich Brodsky in Leningrad. He left school at 15, worked a series of odd jobs, and began writing poetry. In the 1960s, he taught himself Polish and English, and he began to translate poems from these languages into the Russian tongue. He even translated the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” into Russian. His irregular work record led to his arrest in 1964 for being a “social parasite,” and the fact that he was a Jew didn’t help him either. He was sent to a mental institution and then was sentenced to five years in an Arctic labor camp. His sentence was commuted after protests by philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, composer Dmitri Shostakovich, and poet Anna Akhmatova.

He was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1972, and he moved to the States, where he became a naturalized citizen in 1975. In 1993, he co-founded the American Poetry and Literacy Project. His goal was to place poetry in public places like airports and supermarkets, to make poetry “as ubiquitous as the nature that surrounds us … or as ubiquitous as gas stations, if not as cars themselves,” as he put it. Poetry, he said, “is the only insurance against the vulgarity of the human heart. Therefore it should be available to everyone in this country, and at a low cost.” One of the organization’s first projects was handing out free copies of the book Six American Poets in hospitals, hotels, and homeless shelters around the United States.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1987, and in his acceptance speech he said:

“I who write these lines will cease to be; so will you who read them. But the language in which they are written and in which you read them will remain not merely because language is more lasting than man, but because it is more capable of mutation.”

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Posted by on May 24, 2011 in history, writers, Writers' Almanac


Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116

with some Austen film images.

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Posted by on May 22, 2011 in British Lit, classic



Popular on Library Thing

This is a list of the top 106 books most often marked unread by LibraryThing users. The rules: bold the ones you’ve read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish.

  1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  2. Anna Karenina
  3. Crime and Punishment
  4. Catch-22
  5. One Hundred Years of Solitude
  6. Wuthering Heights
  7. The Silmarillion
  8. Life of Pi : a novel
  9. The Name of the Rose
  10. Don Quixote
  11. Moby Dick
  12. Ulysses – twice once for my book club
  13. Madame Bovary – twice
  14. The Odyssey
  15. Pride and Prejudice
  16. Jane Eyre
  17. The Tale of Two Cities
  18. The Brothers Karamazov
  19. Guns, Germs, and Steel
  20. War and Peace
  21. Vanity Fair
  22. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  23. The Iliad
  24. Emma
  25. The Blind Assassin
  26. The Kite Runner
  27. Mrs. Dalloway
  28. Great Expectations
  29. American Gods
  30. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  31. Atlas Shrugged
  32. Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
  33. Memoirs of a Geisha
  34. Middlesex
  35. Quicksilver
  36. Wicked : The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
  37. The Canterbury Tales – twice, 2nd time for my book club
  38. The Historian : a novel
  39. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – twice
  40. Love in the Time of Cholera
  41. Brave New World – twice
  42. The Fountainhead
  43. Foucault’s Pendulum
  44. Middlemarch
  45. Frankenstein
  46. The Count of Monte Cristo
  47. Dracula
  48. A Clockwork Orange
  49. Anansi Boys
  50. The Once and Future King
  51. The Grapes of Wrath
  52. The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
  53. 1984
  54. Angels & Demons
  55. The Inferno
  56. The Satanic Verses
  57. Sense and Sensibility
  58. The Picture of Dorian Gray
  59. Mansfield Park
  60. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  61. To the Lighthouse
  62. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – twice
  63. Oliver Twist
  64. Gulliver’s Travels
  65. Les Misérables
  66. The Corrections
  67. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
  68. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  69. Dune
  70. The Prince
  71. The Sound and the Fury
  72. Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
  73. The God of Small Things
  74. A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
  75. Cryptonomicon
  76. Neverwhere
  77. A Confederacy of Dunces
  78. A Short History of Nearly Everything
  79. Dubliners – at least twice
  80. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  81. Beloved
  82. Slaughterhouse-five
  83. The Scarlet Letter
  84. Eats, Shoots & Leaves
  85. The Mists of Avalon
  86. Oryx and Crake : a novel
  87. Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
  88. Cloud Atlas – half of it, I really hated it
  89. The Confusion
  90. Lolita
  91. Persuasion
  92. Northanger Abbey
  93. The Catcher in the Rye
  94. On the Road
  95. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  96. Freakonomics
  97. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
  98. The Aeneid
  99. Watership Down
  100. Gravity’s Rainbow
  101. The Hobbit
  102. In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
  103. White Teeth
  104. Treasure Island
  105. David Copperfield
  106. The Three Musketeers
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Posted by on May 22, 2011 in Uncategorized


Remembering Studs Terkel

Oral historian, radio host, and writer Studs Terkel is a hero of mine.

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Posted by on May 21, 2011 in American Lit, classic, contemporary



Poetry Corner

Ernie Kovac’s Percy Dovetonsils. I remember seeing this when I was young. Kovac’s is a comedian well worth remembering.

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Posted by on May 21, 2011 in contemporary, humor, poetry


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Tess D’Urbervilles

From the archives:

I was blown away by Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. Written in the 19th century, Tess of the D’Urbervilles is a powerful, moving novel that still holds readers’ attention from page one. It was our book club’s choice for September and October, but really isn’t that long, yet I’m glad I didn’t have to race through it in a month.

It’s the story of a young woman from a poor family who has hardship after hardship. No one cuts her a break. Yet she keeps on going. She doesn’t have any lofty aspirations, unlike her pathetic father who’s already a drinker, but becomes more useless once he hears that he’s descended, in more ways than one, from an aristocratic family.

I’d seen the movie in the 80’s and vaguely remembered some scenes and the tone of the story. I also remember Monty Python spearing Hardy quite often. Yet this is a well written book about a compelling character. I’m so glad I read it.

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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in British Lit, classic, fiction



Begin Here

Jacques Barzun’s Begin Here: The Forgotten Conditions of Teaching and Learning is terrific. He examines education from grade school to grad school pointing out the ridiculous and offering better solutions and perspectives. Although it was first written in the 70s and updated in the 90s, its still current (sadly). It’s a fun, intelligent read and highly recommended for anyone with a serious interest in education.

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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in non-fiction


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Cool Evangelism

Well, maybe Donald Miller isn’t an evangelical Christian. He might not fit any mold. My friend Jennifer gave me a copy of Blue Like Jazz, Miller’s first book and I loved it so I bought In Search of God Knows What.

Again Miller muses over what it means to live a Christian life and wrestles with scripture applying it to American society. Here he focuses on our prediliction for comparison and status. He offers an interesting interpretation of Romeo and Juliet in light of Catholicism and Protestantism during Shakespeare’s day.

Miller is down-to-earth, perceptive and humorous.

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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Christianity