Episode 203 – Dear Peter

Adam Bell and Peter Nikolaidis
The Blurring The Lines Podcast

AI Summary:
Peter and Adam discussed various topics ranging from their recent travels for work to their favorite Christmas movies and music. They also talked about their experiences with open enrollment and health insurance, with Peter opting for flexibility and Adam expressing frustration with the high cost of his family’s health insurance plan. Additionally, they discussed their love for running and staying active, as well as their favorite comedians and upcoming comedy shows they plan to attend.

The two also discussed communication tactics and the importance of being considerate of others’ time, particularly in the case of last-minute cancellations. They also talked about the use of SMS for MFA and the security concerns surrounding it, emphasizing the need for users to take necessary precautions to protect their accounts. Finally, they discussed the future of remote work and predicted that hybrid work will become the norm, with occasional in-person connectivity being beneficial.

Overall, the meeting covered a wide range of topics, from personal interests to professional concerns. Despite the lighthearted nature of some of the discussions, there were also important takeaways related to communication, security, and the future of work.


Catching up on Travel and Work 0:02

Open enrollment for health insurance
Open Enrollment and Health Insurance Discussion 3:08

Running and Racing Plans 8:00

Running and fitness
Christmas Movies and Music 11:44

Christmas movies and music
Comedy Show Discussion 16:02

Complaints and Business Partnerships 19:09

Scheduling Woes 21:53

SMS for MFA and Security Concerns 27:35

SMS for MFA (multi-factor authentication)
Meeting Expectations for Small vs. Medium Businesses 35:06

The Future of Remote Work 41:25
Remote workforce and hybrid work models

Learn More About the Hosts:

Peter Nikolaidis

Adam Bell
Sublime Computer Services

Episode 202 – I Miss Prince

Adam Bell and Peter Nikolaidis
The Blurring The Lines Podcast

Chapters & Topics:

Podcast Introduction and Small Talk
Adam and Peter introduce the Blurring the Lions podcast and discuss the popularity of their previous episode on AI. They engage in small talk about the weather and their Apple Watches, with Adam sharing his frustrations with the Audible app on his watch and Peter discussing the limitations of Watch OS.

Discussion on Third-Party Developers and Apple APIs
Peter and Adam talk about the accusations against Apple for not providing third-party developers with the same access to iCloud storage and other Apple APIs as they provide to in-house developers. They also discuss the challenges faced by Audible and Hydrate apps while operating on Apple’s platform.

Hydration and Kidney Function
Peter shares his recent discovery about drinking water within ten hours of waking up to improve kidney function and reduce nighttime bathroom trips. Adam shares his hydration routine and how he drinks water before bed without waking up to pee. They also discuss their family history of kidney stones and the importance of hydration.

Music and Technology
Peter and Adam discuss their reliance on technology, with Peter sharing his recent experience of leaving his phone and watch at home and surviving without them, and Adam reflecting on the difficulty of living without a phone and computer due to his job.

  • Music preferences and live performances

Personal Finance and Account Management
Peter explains how he used to have multiple bank accounts for different purposes, but has now consolidated most of his finances into one account that earns interest. He also talks about switching credit cards to one that offers better rewards, and how he is working to ensure all his recurring payments are on the new card. Additionally, he mentions changing insurance carriers to save money.

Payment Methods and Fees
Peter and Adam discuss the benefits and drawbacks of using a home equity line of credit versus a traditional mortgage, and the flexibility it provides. They also discuss the difficulties of paying closing costs out of pocket and the various payment methods available, including wire transfers and cashier’s checks.

  • Home equity line of credit and refinancing

Cashless Transactions and Traveling Abroad
Peter and Adam have a conversation about the use of cashless transactions in different countries, with Peter mentioning Estonia as a country that is known for its electronic payment systems. Adam argues that cash is still necessary when traveling abroad, as credit card transactions can come with varying exchange rates and fees. He suggests that it’s always a good idea to have cash on hand when traveling, just in case.

Health Insurance and HSA
Peter and Adam discuss their health insurance plans and HSA accounts. Peter is considering trying the value plan and staying in network for his healthcare needs. He likes the tax-free savings of his HSA but is aware of the expensive out-of-network costs. Adam always uses his HSA for healthcare expenses and prefers to keep the money there for medical purposes rather than investing it.

  • Using HSA for healthcare expenses

Music and Live Performances
Adam expresses his preference for intimate live performances and shares his regret of not being able to see Prince live. Peter suggests watching Prince’s Super Bowl performance and shares his experience of not appreciating live music earlier. They also discuss how some songs sound better live than in the studio and share their favorite live performances by various artists.

Lavender Farm Fungus Dilemma
Adam discusses the challenges they are facing with the root rot fungus affecting their lavender farm. They explain the causes of the fungus and the impact it has had on their plants. They also discuss their plans to confirm the presence of the fungus and explore options for treatment or finding fungus-resistant plants.

  • Dealing with root rot in lavender plants

Learn More About the Hosts:

Peter Nikolaidis

Adam Bell
Sublime Computer Services

Episode 201 – AI Gone Wild

Adam Bell and Peter Nikolaidis
The Blurring The Lines Podcast


Peter and Adam discussed a variety of topics, including insurance, tipping in restaurants, AI and its potential risks, the role of AI in various fields, and the limitations of technology. They emphasized the importance of staying informed about insurance options and periodically reviewing coverage, as well as the need for transparency in restaurant service charges. They also discussed the potential risks of generative AI accessing confidential information and the importance of maintaining data confidentiality and security.

Peter and Adam also explored the potential benefits and limitations of AI in various fields, including manufacturing, photography, architecture, and landscape design. They acknowledged the potential for AI to save time and improve the quality of work, but also emphasized the need for human expertise and the limitations of technology. They also discussed the impact of AI on communication and content creation, noting the negative effects of generative text on human communication and the creation of meaningless content.

Finally, Peter and Adam discussed the benefits of Comma AI and additional safety features for cars, emphasizing the potential for these technologies to make driving safer and more efficient. They invited feedback and discussed future topics for the meeting. Overall, the meeting highlighted the importance of staying informed about the potential risks and benefits of AI and technology, as well as the need for transparency and responsible use of these technologies.

Chapters & Topics:

Insurance and Podcasting

Peter shares his experience researching and switching auto insurance providers, highlighting the importance of periodically reconsidering one’s insurance coverage. Adam and Peter also discuss their podcast’s success and listenership, with Adam noting that all episodes have been listened to and Peter expressing his surprise at the show’s longevity.

Tipping and Service Charges

Adam and Peter debate the pros and cons of adding a gratuity charge to all checks in restaurants. Adam argues that it would be easier to account for as an owner, while Peter suggests that it would be better for customers to know the exact price they are paying. They also discuss the issue of service charges and whether they go to the waiter or the owner.

AI and Data Silos

Adam shares his takeaways from a recent conference on AI, including the importance of data silos to prevent generative AI from accessing confidential information. Peter notes that this is a basic security principle and compares it to the least privileged principle in access control. They also discuss the importance of limiting access to sensitive information for lower-level employees, such as help desk technicians.

* Data silos and AI

AI as a Commodity

Adam and Peter discuss the possibility of AI becoming a commodity in the next two years, with every machine and server having it. They also talk about the potential impact of this development on businesses and individuals, and the advantages and disadvantages of having AI everywhere.

Discussion on AI tools and their potential applications

Peter shares his experience with the AI tool that aggregates GPT and Claude models and does real-time web searches. Adam talks about the potential of AI in photography, architecture, and landscape design, and how professionals in these fields need to embrace AI to stay competitive. They both agree that AI tools can save time and improve the quality of work.

AI in Manufacturing Quality Control

Peter and Adam discuss the difference between consciously embracing technology versus having it done for you, using the example of automatic brake assisting in cars versus Tesla’s autopilot feature. They then shift to discussing the use of AI in manufacturing quality control, noting that while the technology has been around for a while, the real-time detection capabilities are new and can save companies money.

* AI in quality assurance for manufacturing

AI and Technology Discussion

Peter and Adam discuss the practical applications of AI, including image recognition and its use in security cameras. They also discuss the potential benefits of AI for small business owners, such as analyzing data to determine popular products and preparing for high demand. However, they also acknowledge the limitations of technology, including issues with charging and battery life.

* Image recognition and AI

The Impact of AI on Communication and Content Creation

Peter and Adam explore the negative impact of AI on communication and content creation. They discuss how generative text is causing humans to rely on computers to communicate with each other, and how the need for unique content is leading to the creation of meaningless content that no one reads.

Discussion on Comma AI and additional safety features for cars

Peter shares his experience with Comma AI and its founder, George Hotz, and explains how the technology can bring self-driving capabilities to cars that don’t have it. Adam expresses his desire for additional safety features in cars, such as haptic feedback, to prevent accidents and mistakes.

* AI making us “stupid”

Learn More About the Hosts:

Peter Nikolaidis

Adam Bell
Sublime Computer Services

Episode 200 – Cookie Talk

Adam Bell and Peter Nikolaidis
The Blurring The Lines Podcast

Episode 200 Celebration and Dental Woes 0:03
Episode 200 of the Blurring the Lines podcast
Root canal and dental health
Car Troubles and Customer Service 5:47
FedEx Delivery Woes and New Mexican Restaurant 11:03
Persistent Cookies and Cybersecurity 14:52
Persistent cookies and cybersecurity
Server-side Scripting and Frameworks 19:23
Halloween, Spam, and Goosebumps 24:17
Discussion on Streaming Services 28:57
Streaming services and the frustrations of multiple subscriptions
Casual Conversation and Gaming Plans 34:47
Online gaming and the Baldur’s Gate game

AI Summary

Adam and Peter discussed a variety of topics, including their experiences with healthcare, customer service, cybersecurity, server-side scripting, Halloween plans, and streaming services. They shared personal anecdotes about root canals, car repair mishaps, and missed FedEx deliveries, as well as their frustrations with persistent cookies and the complexities of streaming services. They also discussed the benefits and challenges of server-side scripting and the importance of staying up-to-date with the latest technologies and frameworks. Despite these challenges, they remained optimistic and grateful for the opportunity to continue their podcast and engage in online gaming together.

Adam and Peter also discussed their preferences and experiences with various beers and upcoming online gaming plans, including an upcoming Savage Worlds game convention. They shared their recent experiences playing Baldur’s Gate and the benefits of playing online versus locally, as well as the challenges of being an evil character in the game. Despite some technical difficulties, they continue to enjoy their gaming experiences and look forward to future opportunities to play together.

Overall, the meeting was a casual and lighthearted conversation between two friends, covering a wide range of topics. Despite the challenges and frustrations they discussed, they remained optimistic and grateful for the opportunities they have and the ability to continue their podcast and engage in online gaming together.

Episode 199 – Be a Starter Villain

Adam Bell and Peter Nikolaidis
The Blurring The Lines Podcast

Summary provided by AI

Peter and Adam discussed a range of topics, including their personal lives, language learning apps, and the importance of building personal connections in networking events. They also discussed the dangers of open webcams and the need for better security measures. Additionally, they talked about their love of beer and trying new brews, as well as their experiences playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Peter and Adam discussed the benefits and drawbacks of using Read’s Azure wrapper to create an environment in Azure. They also talked about the cost and whether it’s worth buying a license. Additionally, they discussed Microsoft’s confusing naming conventions for their products, including Azure Active Directory and Defender. They joked about the different versions of Defender, including one for cats, and reminisced about the good old days of their last ground game meeting.

The two colleagues also discussed their experiences with language learning apps, specifically Duo Lingo and Babbel. Adam shared his success in gamifying his learning and reaching the Diamond League on Duo Lingo, while Peter found it helpful for building vocabulary but not conversational skills. They also discussed the paid version of the app and the benefits of using it. Overall, they agreed that language learning apps can be helpful, but may not be sufficient for developing conversational skills.

Peter and Adam had a lively discussion about the Smart Less podcast, which they both enjoy. They described the show’s premise and format, and talked about some of the famous guests who have appeared on it. They also discussed the show’s ads, which they found to be a bit annoying due to the varying volume levels. Overall, they recommended the podcast to others who are interested in hearing candid conversations with high-profile guests.

Learn More About the Hosts:

Peter Nikolaidis

Adam Bell
Sublime Computer Services