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The Book I Need at 27 is One I Read at 11

If you were a child during the early to mid 2000s or worked in Children's Publishing, you quickly learned the names of some notable protagonists.

Harry, Percy, Artemis. Darren, Eragon, Charlie[1]. All guys, all pale, all magical. It wasn't a new type of fantasy-novel hero, but one that really ran amok during that time.


[1] If, somehow, you don't know: Harry Potter (wizards), Percy Jackson and The Olympians (myths, with many spinoffs to match), Artemis Fowl (Fae), The Saga of Darren Shan (vampires), Eragon (high fantasy), and Charlie Bone (which is a little harder to describe).

There is, however, one book series that was never quite as popular as any of the above:

A lonely child who threw himself into his work of becoming a great magician, in an alternate universe of magical London, where one can summon demons.

 Underestimated and scorned by his master, he works hard to master his studies in secret, after constantly being punished for his curiosity. After a potent, though …

AARP Outsmart Scammers 8-Day Challenge

I saw this as an advertisement in one of my CNET e-mails and decided to click and see what it's about.


(But not before thinking 'Wait, what if this is a scam?')

Doesn't seem to be.

Here's the site (may be defunct at the time of this posting).


Configure the Network For Your Virtual Machines (Azure)

Create an Azure Virtual Network Create an Azure VPN GatewayLearn to Work with Azure ExpressRoute
 Oddly, none of those options are in a Sandbox, and require an actual Azure subscription for learners, like some other segments. Ah well, let's briefly talk about Azure VPNs.

Azure VNs provide the same network capabilities as regular VNs, or even VLANs that are spread out physically, and you may need to jump onto Layer 3 to access your virtual neighbor in another cubicle.


Azure: I Finally Understand the Difference between ___aaS

Truthfully, SaaS was always easy - Think GMail, Office 365, or even Blogger.

PaaS (Platform As A Service) was always trickiest, but one can sum it up as "I, the provider, provide the machine and networking instances already set up for you."

IaaS (Infrastructure as A Service) is simply "Are the machines available for the customer to put whatever they want to on them? Their own OS, DBs, etc?"


Today's Questions:

Linux User Management in the Terminal

From Jack Wallen @ Tech Republic


 The user is made. -m gives them a home directory you can see with ls /home.



A different user was made. They don't have a home directory because the -m parameter wasn't used. But they can at leave have a password. It doesn't show here.




You can add a password when you make a user with -p.This one will appear.



 -l means the user is made but locked out from logging in.

You can put users into (normal) groups with -a (Modify user) -G (put in a group). The following numbers are the group ID. You can make multiple groups with the same ID.

Azure: The Cost Factor

Subscriptions all include Billing + subscription support, and various forms of documentation.

There are 4 kinds of subscriptions.

Free;
200$ Credits for your first 30 DaysAccess to popular programs is free for 12 mo.25 products are always free.No spending limit bc there are credits.
Student:

100$ in credits for a year.Select Free ServicesNo spending limit bc there are credits. Verify you're a student. 
Pay As You Go:
Billed monthly for services used.
Enterprise:

An agreement that you'll spend X amount upfront. It's not quite like Azure Reservations, which have 1 and 3 year terms.You can get customized pricingPay annually. If you are an account owner, you can make more subcriptions.

What makes the things cost money?

Azure: Databases (SQL,Cosmos, Warehouses, Data Lake)

Azure Active Directory

There's a section on Azure Active Directory (AzAD) here. The video is unaffiliated with Microsoft. Although they do seem to have the preview version of AzAD when making a VM, as I do not.

That doesn't stop me from going into the AzAD section on the pullout!