Michael Edie, aka “the mechanic,” is a US Army Veteran, Pluralsight Author, and Information Security Practitioner. He has served on teams conducting digital forensics & Incident Response (DFIR), threat hunting, and compliance assessment. Michael is passionate about Information Security and enjoys contributing to the community through this blog and projects at https://github.com/tankmek. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Director at SmashTheStack, a software vulnerability and exploitation educational platform. Additionally, Michael has presented technical talks at various venues, such as BSIDES Augusta and Hacker Halted. Outside the technical domain, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, motorcycling, cryptocurrency, and chess.



– Augusta ISSA
– BSIDES Augusta
– Hacker Halted

Laptop Setup

  • Lenovo ThinkPad X220 (Slackware Linux)
  • M1 MacBook Air (2020)

Home Lab Setup

These are the servers that I have in my lab. I’ll add more pictures later.
– Dell R710 SFF (VMware ESXi)
– Dell R210 II x 3 (oVirt)


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