Category Archives: Podcasts

Info about the podcasts I’m listening to.

Reading Assignment

Today I’d like to recommend reading, or at least scanning, Security Maxims by Roger G. Johnston, Ph.D., CPP.  It appears on the website for the Argonne National Laboratory and was brought to my attention by the Security Now podcast.

As noted by the author, they were written with physical security in mind but are certainly applicable to computer security as well.

A few highlights:

Infinity Maxim: There are an unlimited number of security vulnerabilities for a given security device, system, or program, most of which will never be discovered (by the good guys or bad guys).

Thanks for Nothin’ Maxim: A vulnerability assessment that finds no vulnerabilities or only a few is worthless and wrong.

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid Maxim: If you’re not running scared, you have bad security or a bad security product.

Weakest Link Maxim: The efficacy of security is determined more by what is done wrong than by what is done right.

I Just Work Here Maxim: No salesperson, engineer, or executive of a company that sells or designs security products or services is prepared to answer a significant question about vulnerabilities, and few potential customers will ever ask them one.

There are a lot more.  Read the rest.

Recent Reads

More from Podiobooks:

Shadowmagic

“Hi, my name is Conor. Other than my father being a bit of an eccentric lunatic, my life was pretty normal until I got attacked in my living room and whisked away to Tir na Nog, the mystical land of the ancient Celts, where it turns out Dad is the usurped heir to the throne and everybody wants me dead because of some prophecy. Don’t you just hate when that happens?”
Shadowmagic is a rip roaring fun fantasy adventure novel by John Lenahan very loosely based on Irish mythology where every chapter ends on the edge of a cliff (or at least a high curb.) Join Conor as he grapples with typical teenage problems like, how to deal with a father’s high expectations, how to survive in the world on your own and how to woo a beautiful girl – that wants you dead. Shadowmagic a podcast novel for young adults from 12 to 112.

Lost and Not Found

Lost and Not Found details one man’s journey all the way from being laid off from his mundane corporate job to becoming the author he truly dreams to be by following his attempt to write his first novel within the challenging timeframe of only four weeks. As his story unfolds we get to read what he is writing and can see the relationship between the author and his work unfold until his life literally unfolds around him.

Fried Green Zombies

Chett and Harry are two recently unemployed construction workers on their way to a weekend of beer, Southern Comfort, and frog gigging at their musty-rusted 1970’s RV parked at their favorite hunting camp when they stumble on Bob, the mysterious, busty, burqa-clad, non-English speaking beauty just standing in the middle of nowhere on the side of dusty Nine Mile Cutoff in rural Bovina, Mississippi.
Then all hell breaks loose. Their favorite pond is missing. They’re being chased by truck driving zombies, dirty cops, UFOs and other ne’er-do-wells. Someone stole Chett’s jacked up Scottsdale four-by-four. Zombies are traipsing around their trailer, and crazy Uncle Crank is trying to feed them zombie chicken for dinner.
Aided by a classic computer nerd, a crazy man wielding a frying pan, and a space babe who gets nekkid any time someone turns out the lights, follow Chett and Harry as they battle their way across the rural countryside and ultimately save the world.
Why is their pond missing, and why did the Dodge of Death spring from the muddy crater left in its center? Who is Bob and why is she so good with shotguns? Why are they being chased by two really skinny, pale, bald, goatee-clad wierdos? What is the dirty county sheriff hiding? And will Chett and Harry ever make it out alive?

The Immortals

The future story of United States Internment Camps … of the dreams of the pre-deceased … and of triumph beyond oblivion.
It’s 2020, and an attempted cure for AIDS has mutated into a deadlier disease, V-CIDS. The U.S., under martial law, has set up “quarantine centers” in the Southwest. Searching for his gay son, Jon, media mogul Michael Barris smuggles himself into one of centers only to discover that it and the other centers are actually extermination camps. With a strange assortment of allies, including the leader of the camp’s gay barracks, an army officer and a local cowboy, Barris precipitates an inmates’ rebellion that promises the unraveling of the death-camp system and the overthrow of the government that established it.

Forget What You Can’t Remember

Featuring a zombie outbreak and a strange sort of doomsday, but really focusing on how coming through those experiences into utopia and freedom effects different people, Forget What You Can’t Remember is an exploration of the human mind under pressure. It’s about relationships, memory, opportunity, and dealing with their loss – and other kinds of loss. Forget What You Can’t Remember is a spin-off novel in the same universe as Lost and Not Found (also available on Podiobooks.com) which doesn’t require you to have read that book to understand it.

Best of Podiobooks, Part 1

Podiobooks are free serialized audiobooks distributed as podcasts.  For more information on exactly what they are and how they work you should check out their FAQ.

I’m calling this “Part 1” because I’m only listing Completed books, I haven’t listened to all of the Podiobooks, and because they add new content every day.  I’ve mentioned most of these before but I wanted to get them all together in one place.

Singularity by Bill DeSmedt – Science Fiction
One of my all-time favorite books, a fictional exploration of the Tunguska explosion of 1908.  Great physics, great story.  This book has it all, and it’s a excellent production.

Doctor Jack’s Soapbox Seminars by John C. Adler, Ph.D., as told to Bill DeSmedt – Non-Fiction
If you enjoy Singularity you should listen to this, too.  It will help you understand some of the physics of Singularity, and kill some time while you wait for Bill DeSmedt to finish Dualism.

7th Son: Book One – Descent by J.C. Hutchins – Science Fiction
7th Son: Book Two – Deceit by J.C. Hutchins – Science Fiction
7th Son: Book Three – Destruction by J. C. Hutchins – Science Fiction
This is one amazing trilogy. I’ve ranted before about how great it is, so I won’t go on and on again.  Just listen to it.  It moves at a frantic pace.

Infected by Scott Sigler – Horror/Dark Fantasy
Contagious by Scott Sigler – Horror/Dark Fantasy
This is a really cool story. I listen to or read everything by Scott Sigler, which is pretty amazing because horror is not my thing.  I can’t wait for Pandemic!

BloodCast, Season 1 by Scott Sigler – Horror/Dark Fantasy
BloodCast, Season 2 by Scott Sigler – Horror/Dark Fantasy
Two collections of short stories by Scott Sigler.  Be sure to check out “Chuckles Mulrooney, Attorney for the Damned.”

The Rookie by Scott Sigler – Science Fiction
I’m sorry to keep recommending books with forthcoming sequels, but after you listen to this story about football 700 years in the future you’re going to find yourself waiting for Sigler to release The Starter.

Earthcore by Scott Sigler – Science Fiction
Mark your calendar for February of 2012, when Mt. Fitzroy, the follow-up to Earthcore comes out.  Okay, sorry, that’s the last time I’ll do that in this post.

Kronos by Jeremy Robinson – Science Fiction
I thought I blogged about this but I can’t find an entry.  Any way, it’s a good story, even if a bit odd.

Number One with a Bullet by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff – Fiction
A sort of modern-day Highlander story that I had a hard time taking seriously, but plenty of violence and a fairly interesting story kept me in it until the end.

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom – by Cory Doctorow – Science Fiction
If you like this (I did) you might want to check out Little Brother.  You can read it free in a bunch of different formats. The unabridged audio edition is $20.

Hunting Elf by Dave Donelson – Humor
I mentioned this one here recently.

Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena by Brian Dunning – Non-Fiction
Skeptoid
podcaster Brian Dunning explores topics from Bigfoot to bible codes.

The Silk Code by Paul Levinson – Science Fiction
This is quite a ride. It treats DNA the way Singularity handled physics.  Several interesting stories weave together. I’d like to see more from Paul Levinson.

If you enjoy these books support the author and keep a good thing going by donating through the Podiobooks page. The author gets 75%.

For more see Best of Podiobooks, Part 2.