Posts By: vansunder

Not Ready for eBooks

I was thinking about my relationship with books over the years and whether or not I could bite the bullet and just go ebook only. I finally decided that I’m just not ready. My reasoning is a bit complicated. I decided that it comes down to a lot of things. I’ll just list a few… Read more »

Be Prepared

The motto of the Boy Scouts is “Be prepared.” Short and to the point. Different people take that motto to heart in different ways. It’s really meant to apply to everything. Some people misunderstand that. You can’t fully prepare for everything. I take the motto to mean to prepare appropriately for the appropriate things. So,… Read more »

Thinking Way Outside the Box

People are always telling others to think outside the box. I can’t think of much that is farther outside the box than asking your grandfather to model your line of women’s clothing. That’s what Ms. Liv did for her online clothing shop Yuekou. She asked her 72 year old grandfather Liu Xianping to model her… Read more »

Why Do Laws Exist?

I’ve been following patent cases for years and the Aaron Swartz trial situation/suicide since he was indicted in 2011. People are constantly debating whether or not someone technically infringed a patent during patent cases or, in the situation of Aaron Swartz, if someone was in violation of a specific law. I think those questions miss the… Read more »

Outsourcing for Fun & Profit

This story that comes out of case study from Verizon is just too weird to not share. Verizon apparently had a client that was a U.S. critical infrastructure company. The client noticed that they had a lot of traffic coming through a VPN connection from China on a daily basis for months. The client thought that… Read more »

Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Digital Basket

I was reading some TNW articles in my feed reader when I stumbled on the account of how Chris Leydon had his Facebook account closed without any explanation or recourse. I’ve told many people over the years that I don’t trust Microsoft, Google or lately Facebook. I’ve often been told that I’m overreacting or that… Read more »

Changing Habits

I was recently turned on to Epipheo.TV by Lifehacker. They linked to a video on the site called, “The Power of Habit.”  It gave some insight into how habits are formed and a way to think about modifying your behavior by pairing rewards with certain cues to trigger a new desired behavior. Go check out… Read more »

Cognitive Dissonance

In honor of the death of Aaron Swartz, who was a programmer and activist, Lifehacker reposted one of his articles entitled “Look at Yourself Objectively.” This was an excellent post that discussed Ignaz Semmelweis’ discovery of the efficacy of antiseptic procedures in preventing infection and death at the hospital he worked at. More importantly, it discussed… Read more »

Welcome to icisil.com!

Welcome to icisil.com, which stands for: “I Came, I Saw, I Learned.” I created this site to be able to quickly post items that I thought were illuminating in some way. That could be something that confirmed something that I believed to be true, but had no proof or possibly something that goes against what… Read more »