Tag: Books

(IN)SECURE Magazine

(IN)SECURE Magazine has just released Issue 6. This edition includes the following:

– Best practices in enterprise database protection
– Quantifying the cost of spyware to the enterprise
– Security for websites  – breaking sessions to hack into a machine
– How to win friends and influence people with IT security certifications
– The size of security: the evolution and history of OSSTMM operational security metrics
– Interview with Kenny Paterson, Professor of Information Security at Royal Holloway, University of London
– PHP and SQL security today
– Apache security: Denial of Service attacks
– War-driving in Germany  – CeBIT 2006

The Red Couch

Shel Israel and Robert Scoble have been working on a book titled ‘How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers’. I’ve liked their authoring process especially how they’ve opened up a channel for suggestions and criticism by putting chapters of the forthcoming book on The Red Couch. In chapter 11, one of the few that I took some time to read, the authors list various pointers and tips to ensure that you’re following a path that others have tread on to establish a good blog. As the authors point out, the chapter is definitely not a listing of best practices or the rules by which to establish a good blog, yet it does contain a number of tips that I definitely thought would be very appropriate depending on the type of blog that you’re working toward. In my opinion blogging is like a journey to an unknown destination. How you choose to get there can involve various paths – some you take and enjoy the roses on the way, others you wish you had that GPS device to help you get back on track. This chapter is one of those that can make that journey a bit easier. So like all good bloggers I ‘borrowed’ a tip from the chapter and have now changed my blog settings to ensure that all blog posts from this point forward will have comments included. As this journey progresses I’ll continue to evaluate and incorporate other tips from Chapter 11 of Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers. The list of tips and my current progress:

Tip #1: What�s in a name? Search Results, that�s what – Done
Tip #2: Read a bunch of blogs before you start – Continuous process
Tip #3: Keep it Simple. Keep it focused – Trying to do
Tip #4: Demonstrate passion – Trying to do
Tip #5: Show your authority – Trying to do
Tip #6: Add Comments – Done
Tip #7: Be accessible – Partially accessible
Tip #8: Tell A Story – Trying to do
Tip #9: Link often – Trying to do
Tip #10: Get Out into the Real World – Not yet attempted
Tip #11: Use your referrer log – Trying to do

Books I Want to Read

Below is the list of books that I’d like to read or revisit again: 

  • The Big Moo : Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable by The Group of 33
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  • About Face 2.0: The Essentials of Interaction Design by Alan Cooper
  • The Art of Innovation : Lessons in Creativity from IDEO by Tom Kelley
  • Bringing Design to Software by Terry Winograd
  • The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
  • Emotional Design: Why We Love (Or Hate) Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman
  • The Inmates Are Running the Asylum : Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How To Restore The Sanity by Alan Cooper
  • Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction by Jennifer Preece et al
  • Microsoft Windows User Experience by The Windows User Experience Team
  • The Psychology of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman
  • Usability Engineering by Jakob Neilsen
  • Breakthrough Creativity: Achieving Top Performance Using the Eight Creative Talents by Lynne C. Levesque
  • Constantine on Peopleware by Larry Constantine
  • Dynamics of Software Development by McCarthy
  • Getting Ready to Negotiate by Roger Fisher & Danny Ertel
  • Herding Cats: A Primer for Programmers Who Lead Programmers by J. Hank Rainwater
  • How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • The Mythical Man Month by Fred Brooks
  • Peopleware : Productive Projects and Teams by Tom Demarco
  • Type Talk at Work : How the 16 Personality Types Determine Your Success on the Job by Janet M. Thuesen
  • Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing by Margolis & Fisher
  • Workflow Modeling: Tools for Process Improvement and Application Development by Sharp
  • Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore
  • Execution by Larry Bossidy
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • The Circle of Innovation by Tom Peters
  • The Seasons of a Man’s Life by Daniel J. Levinson
  • How to Be a Gentleman : A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy by John Bridges
  • First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman