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Explain the Cloud Like I'm 10
What is the cloud? Discover the secrets of the cloud through simple explanations that use lots of pictures and lots of examples. Why learn about the cloud? It’s the future. The cloud is the future of software, the future of computing, and the future of business. If you’re not up on the cloud the future will move on without you. Don’t miss out.Not a geek? Don’t worry. I wrote this book for you! After reading Explain Cloud Like I'm 10, you will understand the cloud. That’s a promise. How do I deliver on that promise? I’ll let you in on a little secret: the cloud is not that hard to understand. It’s just that nobody has taken the time to explain it properly. I take the time. I go slow. You’ll learn step-by-step; one idea at a time. You’ll learn something new no matter if you’re a beginner, someone who knows a little and wants to know more, or someone thinking about a career change. In Explain Cloud Like I'm 10, you’ll discover:
  • How the cloud got its name. A more interesting story than you might think.
  • An intuitive picture based definition of the cloud.
  • What it means when someone says a service is in the cloud.
  • If stormy weather affects cloud computing.
  • How the internet really works. Most people don’t know. You will.
  • The real genius of cloud computing. Hint: it’s not the technology.
  • The good, the bad, and the ugly of cloud computing.
  • How cloud computing changed how software is made—forever.
  • Why Amazon AWS became so popular. Hint: it’s not the technology.
  • What happens when you press play on Netflix.
  • Why Kindle is the perfect example of a cloud service.
  • The radically different approaches Apple and Google take to the cloud.
  • How Google Maps and Facebook Messenger excel as cloud applications.
  • Cloud providers are engaging in a winner-take-all war to addict you to their ecosystems.
  • Key ideas like: VM, serverless, container, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, virtualization, caching, ISP, OpEx, CapEx, network, AMI, EC2, S3, CDN, elastic computing, datacenter, and cloud-native.
  • And so much more.
Sound like gobbledygook? Don’t worry! It will all make sense.I’ve been a programmer and a writer for over 30 years. I’ve been in cloud computing since the beginning, and I’m here to help you on your journey to understand the cloud. Consider me your guide. I’ll be with you every step of the way. Sound fun? Buy Explain Cloud Like I'm 10 and let’s get started learning about the cloud today!
Author: Todd Hoff
Publication date: 10/02/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 292 pages

Your Designer Diet: How to Stay on a Diet for the Rest of Your Life
The Designer Diet is based on the idea of creating and designing the perfect diet just for you and your life. No single problem causes you to be overweight so there is no single solution either. You need a way of controlling your weight that changes as you change, adjusts to your unique individual nature, and takes advantage of your strengths while sidestepping your weaknesses. That's exactly what you learn how to do in the Designer Diet.Using a simple step-by-step process, the Designer Diet teaches you how to control your weight by paying attention to your life, reacting quickly to reverse any weight gain, trying different strategies to help you eat less and exercise more, creating an encouraging environment, and learning which strategies work best for you. The result is that you continually improve your diet and that's what finally empowers you to lose weight and keep it off for the rest of your life.Following your Designer Diet is a lot like hiring a world famous designer to create your dream wardrobe. Your new, expertly tailored clothes fit your body perfectly and the style always shows you at your absolute best. The Designer Diet helps you to do the same for your diet. Why use a one-size-fits-all off the rack diet when you can design a diet especially for you?The Designer Diet goes way beyond simply hiring a designer. Designers hand you clothes and tell you what looks good on you. With the Designer Diet, you learn how to become your own world famous designer for your own diet. You need to be the designer when developing your diet. The Designer Diet teaches you a process to discover what works for you. No more will you have to rely on others to keep your weight under control.Your Designer Diet is a program that works in your life, with your strengths and around your schedule. In this book and discover: * That you can be in control of your weight* How to stay on any diet* The threats to your diet success and how to avoid them* Strategies for losing weight* How to keep it off by using simple daily monitoring* The secrets to Joyful Eating* How to turn danger zones into safe zones.
Author: Todd Hoff
Published by: Possibility Outpost | Publication date: 11/01/2007
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 433 pages

Joyful Eating: Say Yes to Food and No to Denial. A Simple System to Stay on Your Diet Forever.
Is your diet out of control? Discover a simple system to calm your cravings and kick unhealthy eating habits to the curb.Are you tired of yo-yoing from one failed diet to another? Do you daydream about the favorite foods you can no longer enjoy? Has worrying about your medical condition or dietary restrictions taken the fun out of eating? Fourteen years ago, author Todd Hoff learned he had Type II diabetes. Since then, he’s lost over 100 pounds and controlled his disease. And now he’s here to share his methods so you can establish healthy habits that will last you a lifetime. Joyful Eating contains a step-by-step system for transforming your relationship with food starting with the very first bite. Through Hoff’s methods, you’ll learn to identify destructive mindsets and common pitfalls that trigger poor nutritional choices and overeating. Denying your cravings isn’t sustainable for long-term change. Instead, Hoff provides you with guidelines so you can mindfully indulge in your favorite foods without wallowing in guilt or breaking your diet.In Joyful Eating, you’ll discover:
  • The methodology behind "the first bite is best" that will help you rediscover the fun of food
  • A six-step process for savoring every spoonful so you can satisfy cravings without overindulging
  • Five simple tactics to help you identify temptations and create strategies to stay in control
  • Real-world solutions for navigating dietary danger zones like dining out and birthday parties
  • Techniques for identifying and sticking to proper portion sizes and much, much more!
Joyful Eating is the perfect companion handbook to help you stay true to the diet of your choice. If you like actionable tips, personal accounts of real-life weight-loss journeys, and holistic approaches to nutrition, then you’ll love Todd Hoff’s savory guide to your healthy new beginning.Buy Joyful Eating to satisfy your cravings and rethink your relationship with food today!
Author: Todd Hoff
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 130 pages

Netflix: What Happens When You Press Play?
Most of us have used Netflix at one time or another. Who wouldn’t love peeking behind the curtain to learn the inner-secrets behind how Netflix works?If you're the curious type then this book is for you. And when I say book, it’s a short book. I kept it short on purpose. I want this book to be simple and straightforward. I explain everything in basic terms. I use a lot of pictures and examples.So don’t worry. Even if you aren’t a tech-wiz, you’ll be able to understand what’s going on. Here are the kind of things you’ll learn. Did you know that: • Stranger Things season 2 was shot in 8K, has nine episodes, took 190,000 CPU hours to encode, and is made up of 9,570 different video, audio, and text files? 
• Netflix plays more than 1 billion hours of video each week?
• Netflix accounts for over 37% of peak internet traffic in the United States?
• Netflix runs on several hundred thousand EC2 instances in Amazon’s cloud and can use as many as 300,000 CPUs at one time to encode video?
• Netflix runs its own world-wide content delivery network (CDN) so it can deliver video to you the fastest and most reliable way possible? 
• Netflix predicts what you want watch tomorrow so it can cache video as close as possible to you today? 
• Netflix customizes your user interface based on learning your preferences? It’s possible the user interface you see isn’t the same user interface anyone else in the world will see. 
If you don’t know what encoding means, or what a CDN is, or what caching is, or what cloud means, or what the internet is, or what EC2 is, or what an instance is, or how Netflix personalized itself for you—don’t worry, we’ll cover all that and much more.Sound fun?At the end you’ll have the immense pleasure of knowing exactly what’s going on the next time you press play on Netflix.Let’s get started!
Author: Todd Hoff
Published by: Possibility Outpost | Publication date: 02/21/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 68 pages

A Brief Introduction to Cloud Computing
What is cloud computing? If you don’t know, don’t worry, you’re not alone, most people don’t. We’re going to learn all about cloud computing together.You might be surprised to learn you’ve probably use cloud computing every day. No way you say?Do you use Google? Microsoft? Netflix? Facebook? Apple? Instagram? Amazon? Pinterest? Coca-cola?All of them use cloud computing. Surprised? I’ve been a programmer and writer for over 30 years. I’ve been in cloud computing since the very start, and I’m here to help you on your journey to understand the cloud. Consider me your tour guide. I’ll be with you every step of the way, but not in a creepy way.This is a short book on purpose. I don’t want to overwhelm you with technical detail. I go slow and easy, so you can build up an intuition about what cloud computing really is, one idea at a time. When you finish reading, you’ll understand cloud computing. When you hear someone say some new cool thing uses cloud computing, you’ll understand exactly what they mean. That’s a promise.How do I deliver on that promise? I use lots and lots of pictures. I use lots and lots of examples. You’ll learn by seeing and understanding; no matter if you're a complete beginner, someone who knows a little and wants to learn more, or a programmer looking to change their career.I’m excited. This will be fun. Let’s get started!

Author: Todd Hoff
Publication date: 03/31/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 102 pages

A Short Explanation of the Cloud that Will Make You Feel Smarter: Tech For Mature Adults
“Todd, can you explain ‘The Cloud’? What is it?” I was asked this question at lunch by Joe, a fellow tour member on a recent trip Linda (my wife) and I took to France. It was not a question I was expecting on vacation, but with over 30 years experience as a programmer, a lot of it spent in cloud computing, it’s a question I should have been able to knock out of the park. Except I didn’t. My answer stank.I hemmed and hawed. I stuttered and sputtered. I could tell that nothing I said was making any sense. I gave a horrible answer, and it has haunted me ever since. While talking, I noticed a lot of other people at the table were interested in my answer as well. Many times during the trip Linda and I operated as a sort of unofficial tech support for some of the group. Our companions were all smart, accomplished people who’d achieved a lot in their lives. The thing is, they were just old enough that they didn’t grow up with computers. Computers didn’t come easily to them. They needed to be taught.Kids these days understand computers because they’re around computers all the time. They’re what are called digital natives. A digital native is someone brought up during the age of digital technology, so they’re familiar with computers and the internet from an early age. It’s like being a native speaker of a language. Someone born in France learns to speak French naturally, and they’ll always sound more authentic and understand nuances of the language better than a student who took a few years of French in high school. If you aren’t a native French speaker, you have to learn somehow. If you aren’t a digital native, the same thing applies. You have to learn.This book is the answer I wish I’d given Joe in France. It’s short, to the point, and hopefully easy to understand. Here you go, Joe. I tried to do better this time.This is the first book in the Tech For Mature Adults series.
Author: Todd Hoff
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 126 pages

Can I Drink Alcohol on a Keto Diet?
Can you drink alcohol on a keto diet? Will it ruin your results? Does drinking stall weight loss? Are you wasting your time by drinking on a keto diet? If you can drink, what should you drink? How much should you drink? How often should you drink?A lot of people have these same questions. I noticed them being asked over and over again. Answers were all over the place, so I decided to collect all the information I could in one spot. That way we can all make an informed decision. Most of us are probably in the same situation. We want to drink socially. We want to have fun with friends at a party. We want wine with dinner. We want a drink at night after a long day at work.That’s not a crime. It’s part of life. A good part of life.Do we have a definitive answer? Is alcohol OK on keto?Buy this book and find out.
Author: Todd Hoff
Publication date: 11/12/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 36 pages

The Strange Trial of Ciri: The First Sentient AI
Jimmy Thorn has a problem. You didn’t think billionaire founders of phenomenally successful social networking companies had problems? Well, they do. They’re just different than ours. Very different.You see, Ciri, the AI Jimmy invented as the interface to his social network, has become sentient. Maybe. Possibly. How can you tell? That’s problem number one.Problem two. Ciri has been behaving badly. Like killing users badly. But Ciri has also been behaving wonderfully. Like saving lives wonderfully.What’s Jimmy to do? If he pulls the plug on Ciri, assuming he even can, the company he worked so hard to build goes under. And in the process, Jimmy might be killing a newly evolved life form. That clearly violates the Prime Directive. Jimmy goes old school. He decides to put Ciri on trial. Ciri must make the case she is sentient or face judgment. But the trial isn't what it seems and neither is Ciri. And it's Jimmy that must save himself in an epic battle against his own creations.Will Jimmy survive? Will Ciri survive? Is Ciri really sentient? Read and find out.THE STRANGE TRIAL OF CIRI is an exhilarating ride, one that will have you daydreaming on intelligence, free will, and the nature of what it means to be human. You'll never interact with your personal assistant the same way again.A story set in the Ultimate Freedom universe.
Author: Todd Hoff
Publication date: 06/27/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 84 pages

The Sacrifice Games
What if the gods created life for their entertainment? What twisted games might they play? A group of world infamous foodies are about to find out. The game? The oldest in the world. Straight out of the Book of Job. The bait? A promise of food pleasures beyond imagining.The payoff? Enticed by their arrogance, thinking they are better than everyone else because of their superior palate, our unwitting gastronomical adventurers are about to get a night they would never remember.A story set in the Ultimate Freedom universe.
Author: Todd Hoff
Publication date: 12/09/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 36 pages

SciFaiku Poetry: Peeling an orange in zero-g reminds me of a galaxy!
SciFaiku is like haiku, but the subject is science fiction rather than traditional haiku, which emphasizes nature. It’s a thoughtful, inspiring, and often whimsical form of haiku.I'm a huge science fiction fan, and huge haiku fan, so finding SciFaiku as an art form was exciting. These are the SciFaiku poems I wrote over the span of a few years. Honestly, the quality of the poems is mixed, but I think some of them are pretty good. I hope they'll give you a chuckle or something to think about. If you are science fiction fan then you should try your hand at writing your own SciFaiku poems. It's great fun. You can learn more about SciFaiku at
Author: Todd Hoff
Publication date: 05/29/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 32 pages
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