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Mike Nowacki
Works at Sky-Fi Networks Inc.
Attended McMaster University
Lives in Dundas, Ontario
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A loud buzz continued after I finished shaving this morning. I stood there for a moment looking at my electric razor all confused as it was most definitely turned off. 

Hornets! There is a hornets nest living in my bathroom ceiling vent. And they didn't like the sound of my +Braun razor one bit. I'll be evicting them later today. This won't be fun, they sounded really nasty.
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A new, perfectly sealed, outdoor exhaust vent hood was installed today after dark. The plan is to wake up before the bees tomorrow morning and turn on the ceiling vent in the bathroom. This will give them an easy exit, which will be turned off and closed prior to their return. Repeat the following day for any stragglers. If that fails, then poison. 
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Even my dogs like it when I come home with flowers.
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So, you weren't in the dog house then?
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Washing machine maintenance
Did you know about the thingy hidden inside your washing machine that you are supposed to take apart and clean every once in a while? Neither did I.

Well it says so very clearly in the Trouble Shooting Guide which is inconveniently hidden inside the washer right beside the drain pump and filter assembly (which will no doubt be the source of your trouble). Well duh; if I knew to take the machine apart and look there then I don't need the trouble shooting guide, do I?

Our machine's performance has been on a gradual decline for months. The first symptom was the time remaining indicator behaving like the progress bar on a Windows PC. It would say "1 minute remaining" but take 20. Then it started to give up and quit mid cycle. It made sense that something was plugged up inside.

Unscrew the bottom front facing quarter panel (1/4 hex bolt), unscrew the white filter knob pictured below and give it a good cleaning in the wash basin. Be prepared for a gallon or two of water to come sloshing out when you open the filter unit.

I found $6.85 in change, the remains of a Bluetooth ear bud and lots of dog hair & lint. This is now in the calendar as an annual event. I'll adjust the frequency as needed.
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+Lisa Straanger they weren't getting clean, which included lint deposits.
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Celebrating the fact that we no longer have time to run to the washroom while Netflix buffers before playing. Fiber optics totally rocks!
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a documentary on netflix.  SOMM   about  exams for master sommelier
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These two calves pushed out through a small opening in the gate and dashed down the field kicking and bouncing as they went. The other cows all started mooing very loudly with one voice. I'm not sure if they were calling them back or shouting "Ruuuuuun!!"


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Could you smell the freedom?
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Mouth watering😋
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I mowed down a lot of these today. But for some reason this one caught my eye and I decided to spare it. 

#dandelion  
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Bees need them. 
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Doc says: "Mike, you need more fiber."
I say: "Okay doc."
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Just leaving it here as a caution :) - http://bembu.com/too-much-fiber

By the way awesome speed

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I had a little helper today. 
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+Michael Sims that totallyfhg,j
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Goodbye winter. Today will be the last of the snow and ice with a high of 17C (63F). And look, I even have some firewood left over for next winter.
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One mast of three that I set up today with wireless gear on top of a grain elevator. The other two masts have tall skinny sector antennas on them; I'll get a picture of those next time I'm up.

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Everything old is new again
We are painting a hallway in our house that was last painted when we moved in 15 years ago. I removed the thermostat from the wall to discover that our new paint is identical to the original paint from when we bought the place. What are the odds of that?
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No it's blue with white stripes  ;-)
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  • McMaster University
    B.Sc., 1985 - 1988
  • Bishop Ryan High School
    1980 - 1984
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Build bridges not walls.
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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  • Android / Mobility / BYOD
  • Technology / Gadgets 
  • InfoSec / Enterprise Systems Management
  • Post-PC Era  (yes it's already here)
  • Adventure Travel / Canoeing / Backpacking
  • B&W Photography
  • Cooking / Food / Recipes / Sous Vide
  • Home Brewing: Wine & Beer
  • Coffee / Espresso
  • Wine tasting
  • 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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Occupation
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
Employment
  • 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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Great produce and specialty items, always fresh, outstanding service.
Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
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 - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
A fantastic place with great atmosphere, wonderful service and everything was delicious. We'll be going back again and again.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 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.
Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
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'Buck-a-shuck' oysters, $1 raw oysters Thursday's at the bar. Definitely coming back with friends.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Sadly the place is now closed, as of November 2014.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Renovated and re-opened (August 2014) after a fire. The best barbecued chicken I've ever had! The place is a local favorite so get there a bit early if you can.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago