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  • Review : Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It?

    UPDATE: I am now noting kindle unlimited availability, by book, in my monthly reading lists and providing ongoing analysis of whether kindle unlimited would have saved me $ that month. For my Sci-fi & Fantasy reading list–August 2014 , kindle unlimited would have saved me $10 , so the value has improved for me in the past month. Will keep you posted, @securityjones . This past week, Amazon introduced kindle unlimited , a service available for $9.99 a month, which offers a library of more than...
  • Microsoft Black Hat Party 2014

    You are invited! Microsoft is again hosting a researcher appreciation party during Black Hat USA 2014 and we hope you can join us. The party will be on Thursday, August 7, 2014, at Hakkasan , located in the MGM – just diagonally across the street from Mandalay Bay, where the Black Hat conference is being held this year. The least you need to know: 1. Stop by Black Hat booth 111 on Wed or Thu and pick up a Microsoft Party challenge coin 2. Bring the coin to Hakkasan to gain entry...
  • Sci-fi & Fantasy reading list–July 2014

    Image background from wallpaperup.com July was a mixed reading month for me, some great and not-so-great. For the first time in a couple of years, I stopped reading a book in the middle and don't plan on finishing it. It was also the 3rd book in a series with sequels yet-to-be-read, so that made it even worse. On the other hand, I also discovered a new series at the end of the month that I really liked, leaving me with a few books to look forward to in August already. July 2014...
  • @IrishOberon of The Iron Druid Chronicles

    I mentioned in my June reading list that @kevinhearne’s The Iron Druid Chronicles is my #1 favorite urban fantasy series – a series which features my favorite character, Oberon, who describes himself thusly: “I am the best friend of Atticus O'Sullivan. Meet me on the Mongolian steppes and we will ride to glory! Also, I like sausage and bitches. “ I loved the series from the first book and all of the main characters, but Atticus’ wolf hound, Oberon, is so memorable that in the latest book, Shattered...
  • 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...
  • Belated Farewell to My Yahoo! Home Page

    Today, I’m bidding a belated farewell to my Yahoo! home page (my.yahoo.com), which has been my browser home page for over 16 years. I say belated because I really haven’t visited it much since Yahoo! forced the new my.yahoo.com home page format on me and reduced the key capabilities I’d been using for so long. Though I tried other home pages over the years, I always came back because my.yahoo, you were the best at giving me what I wanted in a home page … but I have to face...
  • #TBT : Be Safer–Run as Standard User

    For #ThrowBackThursday , I thought it would be good to pull out an oldie but goodie. The original post was on the “Jeff Jones Security Blog” back before the blog evolved into the Microsoft Security Blog. I’m including the full original text below, but this guidance applies today to whatever PC you are running. I hope you enjoy and welcome any comments you might have here or on @securityjones . Best regards, Jeff Be Safer - Run as Standard User I do my work as standard user on Windows 7, just as I...
  • Sci-fi & Fantasy reading list - June 2014

    Image background from wallpaperup.com I love to read science fiction & fantasy novels and the past several years have been fantastic as the industry and I have both shifted to ebook readers. I always appreciate a good book recommendation, so perhaps other readers will be interested in what I'm reading and I what I like. The below list is what I read over the month of June. As a caveat, enjoying the story is my highest order value, above complicated, nuanced storytelling or...
  • 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...
  • 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...