Mar 15, 2015
Jason Thompson

My Sunday Funday

The first two weeks of March have been awesome! There’s really no other way for me to describe it. We spent a few hours today tracking my little brother’s progress at the LA Marathon and I’m dead tired, so I’ll have to make this short.

1.  I’ve definitely become a Cyber Security fanatic. I love everything about the field and am very fortunate to be working in what I consider one of my dream jobs. With that said, I’m now a Nexpose Certified Administrator and a Metasploit Pro Certified Specialist. I underwent two weeks of intense training and was able to pass both tests with flying colors!

One of my main goals this year was to obtain a few certifications and I was able to do just that. Next up will most likely be CCNA Routing and Switching. I’ve had my eye on this for quite some time and I feel the time is now right!

2.  When it comes to LA, .COM runs the scene. I know there are some big supporters out there of .LA, but I honestly don’t see many of those names out here. The trump card for .COM is the fact that the LA Marathon is using LAMarathon.com and not Marathon.LA. Would you blame them? After all, it is the LA Marathon and not the Marathon LA. ;-) Until branding like this changes, I won’t be registering any .LA domains.

LA Marathon

3.  It feels like Summer started early out here in Los Angeles. I wouldn’t have it any other way. It has been extremely hot lately and I like that. It makes me want to get out of the house more. The finish line for the LA Marathon was on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. Fortunately today, it wasn’t too hot and everyone, including the runners, were able to stomach through the heat.

4.  I’m wrapping up a small project for an old web development customer of mine. After that, it is back to focusing on my new company. For those of you who started a new LLC in California this year, make sure you file your Statement Of Information as soon as you can. After 90 days the penalty fees start kicking in!

5.  I will be wire framing a number of sites for my new company in the next few weeks. Then I will be designing those sites. I really can’t wait to launch a few to show you. Although my company is new, I’ve been working on it for years!

That’s all for now, I wanted to make sure that those of you who read this blog realized that I’ve just been a little busy! The list has died down a bit, but I am sure I will revive it soon. I sure hope all of you had an incredible weekend!

I’ll end this blog entry with a picture of my little brother accomplishing his LA Marathon goal. I snapped this around 10 – 15 minutes away from the finish line. His legs were cramping up through the race and he was able to get through it! How is that for motivation?

Omar Njie Los Angeles Marathon 2015

Mar 2, 2015
Jason Thompson

3 Reasons Why I Am Attending NamesCon

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We need NamesCon and I am attending the conference for that very reason. Although the domain space is fairly small, in reality it really isn’t that small. Yes, all of the big players may know one another, but that doesn’t mean anything these days. Just like the middle class, the average joe is what really defines this industry. We are all in this together and I am glad we finally have a conference which represents this notion. Regardless if you are into gTLDs or a die-hard .com fan, you need to make sure that you pay your dues and support NamesCon in 2016.

We need NamesCon and I am attending the conference for that very reason. Although the domain space is fairly small, in reality it really isn’t that small. Yes, all of the big players may know one another, but that doesn’t mean anything these days. Just like the middle class, the average joe is what really defines this industry. We are all in this together and I am glad we finally have a conference which represents this notion. Regardless if you are into gTLDs or a die-hard .com fan, you need to make sure that you pay your dues and support NamesCon in 2016.

With that said, here are 3 reasons why I am attending NamesCon in 2016:

1.  This has become the premiere conference to attend. Make no mistake, this is something that Richard Lau has been plotting, for quite some time. I know that for a fact and that is one of the reasons why it is so well organized. He didn’t just jump into it to make a buck. He jumped into it to completely pivot the domain conference space. Let’s face it, domain conferences have been dying a slow death until he decided to put his reputation on the line and create something that we could all benefit from.

2.  Richard Lau was nice enough to provide me with a free conference pass for 2015. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend. I’m in the middle of a transition period in my career and attending NamesCon would of made things a little difficult at my old job. Fortunately, my new job has an unlimited vacation policy. No, that doesn’t mean I can go and take the whole year off. It does mean that I can plan far in advance and make sure that I have January 10 th – 13th off. There is no way that I am going to miss the conference next year. I owe it to the domaining industry to be there. That’s the least I can do! For all of you that are wondering, I actually paid for my conference pass this year and I wouldn’t have it any other way. $199 is a great deal and I took full advantage of it!

3.  As a lot of people have said, having a conference in Las Vegas is a no brainer. I happen to agree with those people and I can honestly say that Las Vegas is one of those places that Dominique and I really enjoy. We’ll probably go to Vegas 5 or more times in 2015 and we will certainly be in Vegas for NamesCon. Vegas is unlike any other city in this country and it doesn’t hurt that you can gamble. ;-)

I’m looking forward to attending NamesCon, but the real question is when the next Southern California Domainer Meetup will be scheduled. I’m guessing that will happen fairly soon, so make sure to be there!

Mar 1, 2015
Jason Thompson

My Sunday Funday

A little over a week has gone by without me publishing a blog entry. I had a feeling this was going to happen. It is safe to say that I am now settling into my new schedule and now I can finally share everything that has been going on. It’s been pretty exciting and I feel extremely lucky to be in the position that I am currently in.

1. On February 20th, my girlfriend and I headed out to Las Vegas. We figured we would squeeze in a trip before I started my new job. This was one of my favorite Vegas trips, because we did everything we said we were going to do. It didn’t hurt that the weather was perfect as well. When I say perfect, I mean it wasn’t freezing. It actually felt like we were in Los Angeles the entire time.

I actually tried my luck at Sports Betting this trip and every bet I made was spot on. I’m chopping this up to being beginner’s luck because I really didn’t have any idea of what I was doing. I just decided to bet on teams that I liked. The next sports bet I am going to place will be on Mayweather for the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight. This is going to be an extremely tough bet to make because I really do feel that Pacquiao is going to give Mayweather a run for his money.

2. On February 23rd, I started my new job as a Frontline Support Engineer at Rapid7. I’ve never been in a work environment where so many people were passionate about their jobs. The energy is infectious and it really did feel like working with friends. Normally, the first day of working at a new job is full of anxiety and stress. I didn’t feel any of this! It almost felt like I was meant to work at this place.

For those of you who are stuck in jobs that you are not enjoying. Start to believe that there are other opportunities out there for you which represent the perfect fit. Don’t think that there aren’t. Yes, leaving your current opportunity can be risky, but life is short and you are better off doing something you enjoy. For me, the risk was worth it and I am glad I did it!

For those of you that have never heard of Rapid7, it’s one of the biggest Cyber Security companies out there. I don’t really talk about it much, but Internet Security has always been a passion of mine. I’ve been involved in this sector, since I was a kid. That’s all I can publish publicly on the matter. ;-) It’s great to see that things have matured to the point where hackers are being employed rather than arrested. In the end, we should really thank those that have chosen to hack for the right reasons. From my experience, there are good hackers and bad ones. Unfortunately the media like to focus on the negative side. More publicity needs to be written about the positive side.

You’d be amazed about how many good hackers are out there pushing the limits to help protect your data. I’m glad to be in this category as well. My dream job in the corporate sector was to work for a Cyber Security firm. When this opportunity presented itself, I was all over it!

3. When you start a new job, it really is important to get adjusted to the new schedule. I did this by forcing myself to go to sleep by a certain time. It’s been interesting, as I still find myself waking up early. My old job was from 7am – 3pm and my training schedule at the new job is from 8am – 4pm. So far the new schedule seems to be more in line with my circadian rhythm and I am very happy that I have my weekends back!

4. The first week at my job consisted of mainly learning about Nexpose, which is a vulnerability and risk management product which Rapid7 developed. This is literally one of the best tools I have ever seen in my life. It can be setup to scan your entire network for vulnerabilities. For example, if you are running a company which is heavily reliant on a datacenter presence. You would be able to use Nexpose to make sure that the servers you have colocated in the datacenter are secure and not open to vulnerabilities.

Some people will say, well I am behind a firewall. All I can say is think of a door with a lock on it. It really doesn’t do much when someone picks the lock or completely kicks down the door. Most of the networks out there are high-risk when it comes to being vulnerable to exploits. Think of Sony when I say this. Yes, all it takes is one exploit to make your entire network vulnerable.

I’m in the process of setting up a lab environment here at my house. The goal is to run a series of tests using Nexpose and really get a firm grip around the product. I’ve leared a great deal about it in my first week already, but there is so much more I want to learn!

5. Domains have taken a backseat this past week. I didn’t mean for it to happen that way, it just did. I’ll get back to publishing my lists Monday again. I think I have this new schedule mastered! As I have said many times in the past, if you have solid LA / Los Angeles based names, feel free to contact me. Keep in mind, I am not going to pay end-user prices for them.

6. Yesterday, we ate at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants! It’s a chain restaurant named Cozymel’s in El Segundo. I normally don’t say favorite when it comes to chains, but this one is awesome. After eating at Cozymel’s we stopped by Fry’s Electronics. I rarely buy things from Fry’s these days, but I hadn’t been in that particular store for over a year. When I was a kid I used to go to Fry’s Electronics several times a year. These days I just go in to see what products are currently out there.

It was interesting to see blank cds taking a backseat. I almost purchased a wireless external hardrive, but Dominique convinced me not to do it. Lol! I guess she’s tired of all of the computer equipment that I have in my home office. I still might buy one online. I did what I always do when I walk into Fry’s. I walk around, then I end up buying a spindle of blank cds. You’ll always find a deal on blank cds at Fry’s. That’s one thing I have come to learn!

Alright, as you can see I’m pretty happy about where things are headed. So happy that I didn’t talk about how I made a great trade on Monster Beverage Corp. Right before the ER for MNST, I purchased 200 shares and the next day the stock shot up more than 11-12%. I sold immediately the next day at around the $138 – $139 range. Since I didn’t hold onto it, ofcourse it decided to close at 141.12. I’ve learned to take profits when drastic move like this occur. You never know if the move will actually stick in the end.

I hope that all of you had an awesome week and are enjoying the weekend!

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