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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?

    This past week, Amazon introduced kindle unlimited , a service available for $9.99 a month, which offers a library of more than 600,000 e-books and thousands of audiobooks. In this post, I look at whether that subscription is worth it for most readers. The least you need to know: The kindle unlimited subscription, as launched, provides little value for the vast majority of people. Continue reading for all the details and analysis. The Washington Post has asked Is Kindle Unlimited worth it? in one...
  • #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...