Category Archives: Geek

My reading list for 2015 … so far

Last year I did a post on my top 10 entertainment books for hackers and I decided its time to update the list and let you know what I’ve been reading this year.

(#1) Influx, Daniel Suarez delivers yet another tech-thriller/science fiction novel that will blow your mind.  What happens when a shadow organization controls the technology evolution of the world? Geniuses, Researchers & Inventors are the target to stop these disrupting technologies.  See what happens, you wont regret it.

(#2) The Fold by Peter Clines. I usually don’t read horror stories, but its like Science Fiction Horror with a flavor of The Twilight Zone and its is just genius.. He’s got thing with cockroaches but I imagine every writer has his thing.  Also I got hooked with his writing when I read the (#3) Ex-Heroes saga (Zombies + Heroes) either you love it or hate it.  It’s  action-comedy- hero-fiction zombocalypse … I loved it!

(#4) The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford.  If  you work in IT you either get nightmares, experience dejavu or get inspired;  I went for all of them at the same time.  This is the story of how an IT leader and his team can evolve into something that really works and helps the business without getting in the way.  Ah!, also teaches a lot of management philosophy, project management, and DevOps in an engaging and entertaining way. Trust me, should read this at least twice, one to enjoy and one to take notes and enjoy again.

(#5) Wizard: the Life and Times of Nicola Tesla: Biography of a Genius. If you consider yourself a technologist and hacker at heart you have to read this.  This biography is based on Tesla’s writings and patents.  Its not the best written biography but the content is gold.  Get to know more of this important man.  Tesla is always good reading, there no wrong choice with this one.

Hope you enjoy …


Drone Wars: Weaponizing your drone

Drones, UAVs, UASs, whatever you want to call them are getting a lot of attention lately, bad press mostly.  There is a lot of talk of how drones are bad for privacy, used by drug lords, terrorist and some other shit.

Things can get really interesting when you combine your Xcopter with WiFi, Bluetooth, SDR, DevBoards or Digital Video. Did you know it can actually become a remote controlled turret? , Interesting or scary, you decide.

Its a matter of time until legislators start to make stupid laws for stupid people.  I say be creative, innovate, experiment but use common sense and don’t get mad if you get in trouble for doing something stupid.

Recently at Security B Sides Puerto Rico 2015, I presented on weaponizing drones.  Here is my preso …

… and video recording of it.


InfoSec Gamification

By: Jose Quinones (@josequinones)


On the last Init6 InfoSec Group meeting I did a short talk about InfoSec Gamification and them we did some “gaming”.

While there I talked about how its done and about my experience with it.  I would like to encourage other professionals, students and enthusiasts to participate in various CTFs and “competitions” out there.

There are many, many open CTFs out there, but I would like you to consider SANS NetWars Tournaments, Course, Continuous and CyberCity.  Although they are paid services (really worth the money) these are designed by Ed Skoudis, The Grand Master Jedi of InfoSec (in my opinion) and just top notch.  NetWars is structured and design not only to test your skills, but to learn and have fun at the same time.  Not many CTFs can state the same.

My First experience with  CTF’s was a couple of years ago and I just fell in love with them. They are a great experience and mostly a lot of fun.

Well,  … here is my presentation from the meet, enjoy and remember to comment:

See you on the wire …


Development Board Specs

By Jose Quinones (@josequinones)

Hello all,

Recently I posted a link on social media about the release of the ODroid U3 Community Edition by Hardware Kernel and a colleague  (@soynerdito)  brought a point about power consumption and a very important point in deed, so that got me thinking, what are the specs for some of these dev boards?

Personally I have a couple of Pi’s,  a Cubieboard rev1, an Arduino Uno and an Odroid U3 on the way.  But I did not have a clear understanding of the differences and similarities of these boards I am just a hardware/gadget junkie. So I decided to do a comparative table to have clearer picture of what each board could do.

I did a side-by-side and a printer friendly version of the table.

Here’s a preview:


Here are the PDF’s:

I would like to acknowledge that there are a lot of dev boards out there but these seem to have the most community support.  I personally would like to play with boards like the new Raspberry Pi Compute Module, the intel Galileo Arduino board and the new Intel Minnow. (google them up)

Finally I find the hardware/maker scene awesome I would love to have more time to “play” with my “toys”, but I would like to encourage everyone to start playing around, these dev boards are cheap, accessible and easy to work on.  We need more creative and analytical minds, and if you have kids PLEASE support them and geek out!

I really hope you find this usefull.