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  • SFF Tales Review–Parley

    Parley by Jamie McFarlane My rating: 4 of 5 stars Great example of the type of books that self-publishing has enabled for new authors. I can tell Jamie is a newish author, but really enjoyed the story and look forward to reading future books and seeing him develop further as an author! Description: (Amazon synopsis, modified by me) After fighting space pirates and rescuing a damsel in distress, Liam and Nick want nothing more than shore leave at Puskar Stellar. But neither their newest crew member...
  • SFF Tales Review–Dragon Defender

    Dragon Defender by J.A. Blackburn My rating: 5 of 5 stars I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next in the series. If you have a Middle Grade reader that like fantasy, dragons or adventures, this is a good series to start. Either way, unless you just don’t read books targeted at younger readers, I think fantasy enthusiasts will enjoy Dragon Defender. A note about how I discovered this book since it didn’t come up in my recommendations. I saw J.A. Blackburn speak on a panel in Seattle...
  • Office Lens #MyFavoriteApp

    It is sad that sometimes I don’t know about all of the cool stuff at Microsoft, even though I work here. This week, I was lamenting the need to scan receipts and mail them to myself when a friend say “why don’t you use Office Lens?” I said “what?” (snappy repartee is my thing). Anyway, here is a blog that talks all about it on the Office blog: http://blogs.office.com/2014/03/17/office-lens-a-onenote-scanner-for-your-pocket/ And here is a quick video that demos it … Unfortunately for Android and IOS...
  • New Car Buying Tips – Lower Price, Don’t Pay MSRP

    Recently, my wife and I decided it was finally time to say goodbye to the minivan and get a different family vehicle. I’m happy to say we were successful – my wife and I are very happy with our new vehicle. Having bought several new and used cars over the past thirty years, I’ve had a range of negative experiences. Each time, I learned a small lesson and promised myself I would never make that particular mistake again. I thought it might be useful to share the step-by-step actions that I found useful...
  • Sci-fi & Fantasy reading list-September 2014

    Image background from wallpaperup.com September was another great reading month, with a new release in a series I’ve been anticipating, a pseudonym series discovery of an author I’ve already read and a couple of new books discovered via Bookbub . The @bookbub team replied on one of my reading lists tweets last month and I ended up following them and discovering some free book offers that benefitted both me and my wife, so I want to give a shout out to them – thanks...
  • New Car Buying Tips – Models and Dealer Inventory

    In my previous post, “ New Car Buying Tips – Pick Specific Models and Features ,” I discussed the importance of knowing exactly which features were available and which were requirements for you. In that post, I identified three models that met my requirements: Honda CR-V EX-L AWD $29,950 Ford Escape SE 4WD (+options) $30,295 Ford Escape Titanium $31,255 On the face of it, we would proceed forward looking to negotiate on Honda CR-V EX-L and Ford Escape SE models, adding the features we want. However...
  • 2014 Sci-fi and Superhero TV Guide

    This is the big week for Fall TV, with several shows returning and some great new shows starting as well. I recently went through the Fall 2014 grid to research shows for Parker (my 9yo son) and I, so I thought I should share my thoughts and recommendations. Acknowledgement: Fall TV grid information and some synopsis text from epguides.com and tvrage.com . I wholeheartedly endorse, thank and recommend them! Shows below are listed in roughly the order of my interest (not by when they come on). Mondays...
  • New Car Buying Tips – Pick Specific Models and Features

    Recently, my wife and I decided it was finally time to say goodbye to the minivan and get a different family vehicle – immediately causing a constant feeling of low-level stress. Having bought several new and used cars over the past thirty years, I’ve had a range of negative experiences. Each time, I learned a small lesson and promised myself I would never make that particular mistake again. So, this time, I was determined to do my homework, be patient, buy a car and drive away...
  • Sci-fi & Fantasy reading list–August 2014

    Image background from wallpaperup.com August was a great reading month for me, with nearly every book coming with 3.5 stars or more and – excitingly – including several completely new authors for me! Also, as a follow-up to my post, “ Review : Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It?” , I’m now indicating whether the books I read are in the kindle unlimited program or not. This month 5 of the books I read were in kindle unlimited , totaling $19.95 in purchase price. So, for August 2014, kindle unlimited would...
  • Topics from Cybersecurity Bootcamp #1 – Cyber Hygiene

    This past week I was privileged to attend Stanford’s inaugural cybersecurity boot camp , where two dozen congressional staffers joined academic and industry experts to discuss ways to protect he government, the public and industry from cyber threats. For me, it was encouraging to see congressional staff members deeply engaged in security and threat discussions on a range of cybersecurity topics and it was a good reminder of how broad a topic it really is. With that in mind, I thought it would be...