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Author Archives: minhsao

About minhsao

Just a guy inside the Mintrix

Japanese Lesson Update Week 4

I just finished my 4th week’s lesson and all the sudden I feel like the learning is about to get serious. Why is this? Well. we started to talk about Hiragana with Diacritical Marks, Transcribing Contracted Sounds, double consonants, and finally long vowels. My instructor directed me to new course materials. Genki -An Integrated Course … Continue reading »

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Japanese Lessons Update Week 3

I feel like I am at a plateau. Since I asked my instructor to start me from the begining. My progress is faster because I’ve been self studying with lots of different apps. However, I do not feel like I am making huge progress right now. This week we are close to finishing the original … Continue reading »

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Japanese Lessons Update Week 2

So I’ve been working on learning Japanese. I had my second Amazing Talker lesson this past Sunday and it was great my 50 minutes lesson just flew by. Even though I am just going over the basic phonics with my instructor, I’ve learned that I’ve been pronouncing a lot of different Hiragana characters incorrectly. My … Continue reading »

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First online lesson

Few years ago, I decided I want to take some Japanese classes, so I decided to sign up for an intro Japanese class at the local community college. I thought that would be a great idea and was hopeful to jump start my language learning. Unfortunately, that was not the case. The problem with learning … Continue reading »

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Learning tools for Japanese

So the year is 2019, I don’t have to learn Japanese like it’s 1985, that was when I was learning English. (with flash cards and listening to cassettes over and over. So let’s look at some of the modern tools that I am currently using to help me with my quest to learn Japanese. The … Continue reading »

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Learning Japanese

… Few years later … ūüôā So I’ve been thinking about learning Japanese for few years now. I even bought 3 books in the past about learning Japanese. I even took a intro to japanese class in the local community college, which was a total waste of time. My problem is that I am a … Continue reading »

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You’re Almost There !!!

So after 6 month of studying and 2 weeks of intense studying, I passed my CISSP exam, yesterday. ¬†Since I am under NDA, I can’t share any specific questions or answers but I can talk about my experience. ¬†To be honest, even now I still don’t know which are the correct ¬†answer to some of … Continue reading »

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Registered for my CISSP exam!

So, today I am officially a register candidate for the CISSP exam. ¬†I am about halfway through my studies and I am consistently getting around 70% on my review questions. ¬†That is not good but it is not horrible. ¬†My exam date is on November 15th, 2013. The process for sign up was pretty straight … Continue reading »

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CISSP training 2 months later…

So it has been about 2 month since I seriously started to study for my CISSP exam. ¬† I am about half way there. ¬†I am planning to take my exam in November which is only 2 and half months away or 10 weeks away. ¬† ¬†This post is an update of what I am … Continue reading »

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Hacking Toyota Prius

While I was walking my dog this morning, I was listening to one of my favorite podcast: Science Friday. ¬†They talked about something I found really interesting. ¬†The topic was about hacking, in particular hacking a Toyota Prius from remote. White hat ¬†hackers (a.k.a. the good hackers) ¬†at Defcon 2013 was able to show and … Continue reading »

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