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Mike Nowacki
Works at Sky-Fi Networks Inc.
Attended McMaster University
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Mmmmmmmm. Cherry pie, made fresh today with local cherries picked yesterday. Just kill me now..
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Two slices disappeared before my eyes in a flash.

The debate on whether or not to eat a third went on in my head as my hands deftly served it onto my plate without conscious input.

Trying to garner the willpower to stop after this piece... 
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Can you tell that we're at a country wedding tonight?
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Say, is that straw there on the ground?
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One of those books that can hook you on the first page.
This was a fabulous book and I remember thinking at the time that it would make for an equally fabulous movie. Well, here it comes and I can't wait to see it. I may even read the book once again while waiting for the movie release. Those of you who enjoy listening to audio books, this was extremely well read in Audible.


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One fire pit to rule them all.... my precious.
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Very cool..but scary!
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Dear musicians. When you get big enough to have your own music streaming service please don't pull your content from competing platforms. Remember that many of your fans found you through those platforms. Through great experiences fans can be just as loyal to their chosen platform as they are to their favorite musicians.

+Jason Aldean​, I'm a huge fan and have been ever since +Google Play​ recommended a few of your songs to me late last year. My wife and I look forward to your concert in Toronto this September and we both love sharing your YouTube videos with friends. We hope that this access with Google Play Music & YouTube won't change with your support of an independent service. 
Jason Aldean is making his way around stadiums across the country as part of his Burnin’ It Down summer tour. Before playing in Hershey, Penn. this weekend, he was interviewed by a local paper and was given the chance to talk more about Tidal, Jay-Z’s much-talked about music-streaming service. Aldean is a founding partner in Tidal, along with artists like Madonna, Beyonce and Jack White. The country star made headlines back in November when ...
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"Okay Google, show me my photos of..."
I'm loving the new +Google Photos​. It's such a treat to find gems like this from the past. These are old photos and videos that were collecting dust on some storage drive waiting for me to edit, categorize, tag and file. But you never make the time and that pile of unsorted photos just gets bigger and bigger. Now Google does all of that automatically and for free!


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Some people's houses...
Here are some photos from a garden tour we went on yesterday in Grimsby, Ontario. This is a rather unique community as you'll see in the photos. We spoke with one of the home owners with her own band saw. She did almost all of the woodwork and decals herself.
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Post-PC World
I had to do something techy for a friend/neighbour that required a PC. They dusted off their laptop for me and I powered it up. The last time that it had been turned on was February 12th, 2012; almost 3.5 years ago. When I commented they both laughed remembering the moment fondly. That Christmas they had bought each other iPads and six weeks later they put their almost new laptop into storage and never looked back.

BTW - I never did get that techy stuff done for them as their PC required about 3 Gb of Windows updates and 32 reboots. I'll have to go back again tomorrow.
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Apple requires updates funny enough and they can be size-able. Equally Android with almost daily batch of programs sucking data or WiFi bandwidth. Windows amounts to size/scale and mostly monthly for regularity. Shows code is code regardless of platform. Turned on my dad's Android tablet covered in dust, an OS upgrade followed by hours waiting for every single application to apply it's update was bemusing. Then having to delete some because no memory to apply crucial Google ones turned to annoyance.
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Pool Rescue - Day 1
Sometimes life throws you a curveball. And sometimes it throws several, one after the other. You drop everything that isn't important, deal with the curves and then pick up where you left off. Well, the pool was one of the first things to get dropped and one of the last things to get picked back up. This is what happened in the mean time.

Day 1: Relocate all wildlife to the pond. Start up filter to remove the debris and as much algae as possible. Backwash filter and recharge media after it plugs up. No chemicals yet.
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Yuk. I had that happen once or twice to mine. PH, alkalinity and stabilizer are real important to get bang on when it's that bad. Algae will bloom faster than you can kill it! 
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Peek-a-boo
I just had some tree branches professionally cleared to make way for an unobstructed line of sight to that silo and grain elevator. It's the next hop in my wireless network. Hello gorgeous; I'm so happy to see you!
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When you are utilizing unlicensed wireless spectrum height is often more of a curse than a benefit. You pick up more interference the higher you go and as a result can end up with even less coverage area. It's all about signal to noise ratios. That's why I'm keeping towers closer together and between 75' - 125' in height. My acid test is if every customer can be online streaming Netflix or YouTube at 1080p all at the same time. 
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This is what happens when you wait too long before opening your pool in the spring. 

I'm imagining them as a garnish on top of some smoked salmon. With a little bit of red onion sliced very thin, some lemon zest and a dollop of spicy mayo....   Hmmmm
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OMG. There are hundreds of them!
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I think they just let the chickens take a bath in some vegetable with rice soup. There wasn't a single morsel of chicken meat in that can.
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Founder & Chief Connection Officer @ Sky-Fi Networks
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Information Security, Enterprise IT Systems Management, Enterprise IT Architecture, Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Solution Selling, Public Speaking
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  • Sky-Fi Networks Inc.
    Chief Connection Officer, 2014 - present
    Details to follow
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    Co-founder. Director, Business Development, 2012 - 2014
    A small FinTech start up developing software for identifying suspicious stock market trading activity through pattern analysis of historical market data.
  • Microsoft
    Datacenter Solutions Specialist, 2005 - 2011
    Solution Sales: IT Infrastructure security, systems management, datacenter virtualization and cloud computing.
  • Microsoft
    Enterprise Group Security Lead, 2003 - 2005
    Security architecture: building solutions on the Microsoft platform. Educating customers and partners on security best practices.
  • Various niche IT security services companies
    Information Security Architect, 1998 - 2002
    - Directed the development of a private branded, managed security service including firewall, VPN, IDS, and reporting tools. - Managed and directed both inside and outside sales teams along with being responsible for vendor/channel relationships. - Became one of the very first CISSP certified security professionals in Canada
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Dundas, Ontario
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Introduction
I'm an IT Infrastructure Security and Systems Management Architect. For best results both of these fields need to work hand-in-hand, just like chocolate & peanut butter.

Geek! I am a dedicated gadget freak and recently changed religions having converted almost all of my computing needs over to Android, Chrome and Linux from Windows. I'm currently sporting a much loved Nexus 7 (2013), a Nexus 4 and a MacBook Air.

On a more personal level I'm an avid photographer and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys wilderness canoeing and backpacking.  My favourite home away from home is the interior of Algonquin Park. Three days in that park is more relaxing and revitalizing to me than a whole week at resort lying on the beach. 

Country Living! My wife and I live out in the country, with a network of 100's of kilometers of beautiful trails just a few steps from outside our door.  Almost every day I'm on one of them walking my dogs, riding my bike, or, in the winter, cross-country skiing.  Yet, we are less than 10 minutes away from a Costco, Home Depot, Vintages Wine Store and one of the best cafe's on the planet: Detour Cafe.  For business travel I even have quick access to three airports.

Coffee! Does it really taste that good, or does the caffeine simply trick our brains into thinking that it is? Doesn't matter, I love it anyway. I'm very fussy about the beans that I buy; I get them from a local roasters and prefer them between 8 to 10 days off roast. I hold them there for as long as possible by splitting the package up then vacuum packing and freezing them. Would you believe that I'm still enjoying espresso from a dry processed Yirgacheffe that I bought and packaged this way over three years ago!? The trick is to keep the whole beans in the freezer until the night before you need them, maintaining the vacuum seal until they come up to room temperature. My standard drink in the morning is a cappuccino, in the afternoon a mochaccino.

Wine! I have this crazy memory for the wines that I drink. You know how some people never forget a face? Well, I never forget a wine or the label on a wine bottle. I'm into big, heavy, meaty, almost chewy reds. In general I prefer Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from California, Malbec from Argentina, Shiraz from Australia, Brunello di Montalcino from Italy, and Margaux from France. Locally, we have some outstanding wineries in the Niagara Region, less than an hours' drive from home. For now they are just local secrets, but soon you'll be hearing more about them.

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  • Home Brewing: Wine & Beer
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  • Atheism
Are You Still Here?  If you've gotten this far then you may be interested in watching this 3 minute video that I recently shot of myself. It highlights some of my professional background as well as some of the challenges that I see with securing/managing mobile devices in the Post-PC Era.  Me in a nutshell
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Perfected maple infused, white chocolate & vanilla bean creme brulee. (the secret is a splash of Cointreau)
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  • McMaster University
    B.Sc., 1985 - 1988
  • Bishop Ryan High School
    1980 - 1984
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I love eating at the 4th Course Bistro (open to the public). Everything here is delicious. This is a place where you can keep it simple with burgers, wings & pizza or get all fancy and dressed up for a fine dining experience. Either way, you're sure to be impressed. You can't beat the view and prices are very reasonable.
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reviewed a week ago
Great produce and specialty items, always fresh, outstanding service.
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'Buck-a-shuck' oysters, $1 raw oysters Thursday's at the bar. Definitely coming back with friends.
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reviewed 5 months ago
Sadly the place is now closed, as of November 2014.
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We loved it. The staff are wonderful and friendly. The food is outstanding and the prices are very reasonable. It's an open kitchen which is immaculately kept, you can even peer inside the fridge through a large window. There were 8 people in our party and between us we tried a number of items from the menu and the daily specials. Everything was outstanding.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
A fantastic place with great atmosphere, wonderful service and everything was delicious. We'll be going back again and again.
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reviewed 6 months ago
Outstanding. If you love real espresso coffee then this new cafe in Hamilton is well worth a visit. Recently opened, welcoming, comfortable, friendly, delicious, AND free parking & Wi-Fi.
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