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!

Feb 19, 2015
Jason Thompson

Why Can’t The Word Domain, Just Be Used For Domain Names?

Yes, the word domain existed before domain names were even a blip on the map. As a domain nerd, I would love to see it only used and applied to our industry. Isn’t that selfish of me to expect that? Well, the rest of the world could care less! Here are some common results that come up when I search for the keyword domain on Google News:

Eminent Domain

This is one of the more common terms that I tend to see. I can’t seem to go a week without reading a headline with the phrase eminent domain in it. Here is what the term eminent domain actually means:

The right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation.

Binary Domain

Yes the gaming industry is trying to steal our flare. There is actually a third-person shooter video-game called Binary Domain. I haven’t played it, but I am automatically drawn to it because of the word domain. Yep, that’s how big of a domain nerd I truly am! From the looks of it, the game actually looks like fun. I just might have to buy it in the near future! I wonder if there is a promo code for it. 😉

Auckland Domain

Did you realize there was actually a park called Auckland Domain? I certainly didn’t and considering it is located in New Zealand I might not ever get a chance to visit this place. I think this is something I should add on my bucket list! I mean, what domain nerd wouldn’t want to visit this park!

Public Domain

This is probably one of the more mainstream terms I have seen. I was familiar with the public domain before I knew what a domain name was. I happen to be a big advocate of the public domain and here is the reason why, taken straight out of wikipedia:

Works in the public domain are those whose intellectual property rights have expired, have been forfeited, or are inapplicable.

Intellectual property is something that we should all be concerned with, but I also feel that all IP should eventually enter the public domain. That’s just my personal opinion and one that I feel strongly about.

Well there you have it! Four different terms which tend to use the word domain and have nothing to do with domain names. I normally try to scan right over these type of headlines because in the end domain names are more important than anything listed above. 😉 Just kidding!

Feb 17, 2015
Jason Thompson

Poll: Do You Plan On Attending THE Domain Conference?

As some of you may of heard, a new conference is set to take place on September 26th, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Some say that the industry doesn’t need any new conferences and then others say that THE Domain Conference is just a way to keep TRAFFIC going under a new name. Whatever your opinion may be on the matter, the real question is will you be attending the conference or not?

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