Jim Mundy

Telecommunications and Information Security Professional

Let it Grow and Join the Fight Against Cancer!

Around the office I occasionally sport my “rally beard” as we near the end of the month and work to pull in some deals at the 11th hour. My role in all these deals has been small but it has been fun to think that the short term facial hair might have made a difference.

Speaking of making a difference and facial hair….. this year I am participating for the first time in “No-Shave November.” No-Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness. A project of the Matthew Hill Foundation, this year’s campaign will support programs at Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Each of these foundations are making great strides in fighting, researching, and preventing cancer.

The Matthew Hill Foundation was formed in 2009 by the eight children of Matthew Hill of Chicago who passed away from colon cancer in November of 2007. Learning this history helped drive me to participate this year. My father, Everett Mundy, also passed away from colon cancer in June of 2003.

So if you are so inclined please visit my fund raising page and learn a little more about the effort. I’d be most grateful if you’d consider a small donation. Regardless, if you’ve just become aware of this great effort though my participation I will have achieved my goal.

Thanks and I wish you a “Happy Hairy November!”

The Side Hustle Journey

I’m noodling on a side hustle – a business that I run while still maintaining my day job. That’s my definition. Wikipedia redirects you to “Part-time contract” but that’s not what I’m doing. It will be something related either to my profession as a telecom sales engineer and information security professional, or my hobby of amateur radio. 

Lately I’ve been binge-listening to Chris Guillebeau’s Side Hustle School podcast and have purchased his book.  Check out the podcast. And his book Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days.

BTW, if you buy the book using the link above I THINK I’ll get my first commission from the Amazon Affiliates program. You don’t pay more, it’s just the way of the side hustle. 

A ham radio project

One of my hobbies is amateur (ham) radio. I really had hoped by now to be blogging more about that and also some technical topics but clearly posting here regularly is not yet a habit.

Icom 7300 spectrum scope on 20m JT65

Rich, K0PIR, has what I believe to be an ideal subject matter blog and YouTube channel. It’s what I aspire to for one of my subject matter sites (telecom/cyber security). For example it’s like he read my mind last night. I was working on some software and integration with my radio and not getting very far – this morning the exact challenges I was working through are mapped out on Rich’s latest post. Here’s a link: http://www.k0pir.us/n3fjp-aclog-wsjtx-jtalert/#pinglist-container

Keep up the great work Rich!  If you have any questions about ham radio and getting started in the hobby shoot me a question in the comments. 

73

Jim, KE4GVO

McSelfies in Ireland

I was in Ireland for the first time a few weeks ago with my sister Connie, brother Tom, and cousin Patti. Frances and Anna McDermott, two Irish sisters, came to Bellefonte, PA, back in the 40s along with a third sister, Mary Ellen. So we have Irish roots. 

Boatloads of Photos

As you can imagine we took a huge number of pictures. Four people, five cameras (Patti was also using her Nikon DSLR).

I coined the term “McSelfie” while we were in Ireland. A McSelfie is a McDermott selfie – essentially me or me and the others or me, the others, and the whole tour group in at least one case – shot by me as a selfie. This is my first effort at putting photos up on jimmundy.com. In a future post I’ll put up a full set of pictures,  but for now the McSelfie collection is the first gallery!

Where we’ve been

It has been said that you can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been. So where this website/blog has been is relevant as the relaunch begins.

Roots

I grabbed the jimmundy.com domain years ago when I owned a small Internet service provider (ISP) back in the late 90s. Originally I used it only for email and then a really crude blog (driven by the Blogger platform). When I returned to school at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta (go Owls!) to complete my bachelors degree one of the classes challenged us to create a website coded purely with HTML. And the longstanding jimmundy.com was born.

Even with my HTML 4.01 compliant site using CSS (state of the art at the time), the site really remained a place holder so folks could find me as I moved around the southeast US.

Now, of course, we have amazing tools like WordPress, and trying to manually code something even as simple as the version of jimmundy.com that you are viewing today in HTML would be way too time consuming. And so the engine under the hood now is WordPress and I am over my guilt about not coding it by hand.

As for content, this site is really a general catch all. As I posted in the last days of the old site, my personal hobbies include ham radio and photography. My professional world as a sales engineer is telecommunications and information security. And posts will span these and other things that interest me and that I think might interest others. Ideally, as I become more comfortable with the platform, I may launch subject matter specific sites for the technical topics.

Most blogs and websites quickly become stale because cranking out content is not easy for many, myself included. But I’m gonna give it my best shot!

2017 Transformation

Sounds huge but I’m just changing my personal website from a very basic HTML based site, coded manually, to a WordPress driven site. Expect a lot of little changes here as I get things looking and working well. Let me know your thoughts.

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