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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1184: AWS, VPSes, and Cloud Economics

Amazon Web Services makes it really easy to use their infrastructure...and rack up a huge bill in the process. This is why I tend to use cheaper Virtual Private Servers, which I usually find on Low End Box, looking for the best value for money. Because, in the end, there's not a ton of difference between them. The same goes for the Public Cloud offerings, which is on track to start a race to the bottom in terms of pricing.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1183: Sennheiser SC 60 USB ML USB Headset

Been a few months since I podcasted. Been a few changes in my life lately. ope to get back to it soon. Meanwhile, you can tell me how you think my Sennheiser SC60-USB-ML headset sounds.

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VoIP is Still a Thing

I don't write much about VoIP anymore. Of course, I don't write about much. Maybe if I string enough of my WhatsApp/SMS/iMessages together, I could write a book. In fact, I bet we all could :)

That said, VoIP is still a thing. Businesses are still looking for a way to lower costs and make it easier to connect their employees. What's surprising to me, at least, is that one name is still there from back when I was writing about VoIP on a regular basis: 8x8! The others are fairly new, though Ooma and Ring Central have "sponsored" radio-related things I've listened to recently.

Me, personally? The only VoIP app I use with any regularity is WhatsApp. Not sure how Facebook makes money off it. But clearly, the solutions below are making some money. And if you're in the market, they're worth a look.


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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1182: Fifine USB Microphone

The last few podcasts were recorded with a new USB microphone and a USB to Lightning adapter on an iPad. Still using Auphonic to post-produce the audio. What do you think?

Note the links below are Amazon affiliate links. On the off chance you purchase based on my link, I'll make a few pennies.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1181: Containers, Microservices, and Security

Containers and Microservices are on the rise, and they are going to impact application security in a good way.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1180: RoboFence

Spam phone calls are still a thing. They're even more annoying on mobile phones, but there are tools that can help.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1179: Do You Really Own Your Data?

You have less control over your data than you think.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1178: The ADN Apocalypse

App.Net is shutting down on the 15th of March 2017. This is my podcast to commemorate the occasion.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1177: A Necessity, Not A Luxury

Some politicians think smartphones are a luxury item. In today's world, they are essential. For those of lesser means, given everything they can do these days, even moreso.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1176: Third Party Testing: It's a Data Point

It's difficult to evaluate all the different information security products out there. There are the analyst firms like Gartner and Forester, and testing firms like NSS Labs. These firms get their share of criticisms from vendors and customers alike.

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Long ago, when I didn't work for Check Point Software, this site used to be a well-visited FAQ site on the Check Point firewall products. This site has served many other purposes over the years, but is currently the home for the PhoneBoy Speaks podcast.

Some other projects I'm doing include: CheckMates, Check Point's user community site, PhoneBoy's Security Theater, a blog where I discuss computer and network security-related topics, PhoneBoy Says, an infrequent personal blog where I discuss more personal issues, and a similarly infrequent personal podcast called PhoneBoy's Opinion, which can be found on iTunes.