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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • #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...
  • @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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • FIFA for Beginners (John Oliver)

    My whole family has been looking forward to the World Cup this year, but I can admit that even with my late-found appreciation for soccer, I’ve remained a bit fuzzy on the big international soccer leagues and how the whole World Cup thing works. Hopefully, you will appreciate this video as fully as I did Thanks to John Oliver for making this excellent, funny (but sad) FIFA video to help us Americans better understand the inner workings of FIFA and the impact they are having on Brazil...
  • Sci-fi & Fantasy reading list - May 2014

    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've read and I what I liked. As a caveat, enjoying the story is my highest order value, above complicated, nuanced storytelling or even the mechanics of writing. If I am entertained and pulled into the story, I can easily overlook a few...
  • Sites I Like : Little Girls are Better at Designing Superheroes than You

    [UPDATE: The site name is: http://bettersupes.tumblr.com/ , I forgot that when I posted.] Came upon this site that I want to share with you, where the artist has an ongoing project of described on the site as “This is a mini art project where I draw superheroes based on the costumes worn by little girls. “ My favorite is the villain to the left, inspired by this photo to the right here. There are several pictures and related images, all of them worth a peek. Here is one more: The artist, @eyeburst...