J.D. Roth

J.D. Roth

Accidental personal-finance expert.

Portland, Oregon

Areas of Expertise:

  • money
  • finance
  • blogging
J.D. Roth is an accidental personal-finance expert--a regular guy who found himself deep in debt. After deciding to turn his life around, he read everything he could about money and finance. In 2006, he started the award-winning website Get Rich Slowly, which Money Magazine named the Web's most inspiring personal-finance blog. Over the past four years, Get Rich Slowly has grown into an active community where thousands of readers a month share ideas on how to improve their financial lives. J.D. lives with his wife and four cats in a hundred-year-old house in Portland, Oregon.

Your Money: The Missing Manual Your Money: The Missing Manual
by J.D. Roth
March 2010
Print: $21.99
Ebook: $17.99

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I Give Up on Google: Free is Too Expensive

May 06 2015

I am really tired of things Google has done lately. The most recent example being retiring Classic Maps. That’s a problem, because the current Maps mysteriously doesn’t show most of my saved (“starred”) places. Google has known about this since at least 2013. There are posts all over their forums… read more

Security Dashboards – Where to Start

May 06 2015

I just got off a call with a client and they asked me what they should put on their security dashboards. It’s a nice continuation of the discussion of the SOC Overhead Dashboard. Here are some thoughts. The list stems from a slide that I use during the Visual Analytics… read more

The Security Big Data Lake – Paper Published

May 06 2015

As announced in the previous blog post, I have been writing a paper about the security big data lake. A topic that starts coming up with more and more organizations lately. Unfortunately, there is a lot uncertainty around the term so I decided to put some structure to the discussion.… read more

Big Data Lake – Leveraging Big Data Technologies To Build a Common Data Repository For Security

May 06 2015

Information security has been dealing with terabytes of data for over a decade; almost two. Companies of all sizes are realizing the benefit of having more data available to not only conduct forensic investigations, but also pro-actively find anomalies and stop adversaries before they cause any harm. UPDATE: Download the… read more

Dashboards in the Security Opartions Center (SOC)

May 06 2015

I am sure you have seen those huge screens in a security or network operations center (SOC or NOC). They are usually quite impressive and sometimes even quite beautiful. I have made a habit of looking a little closer at those screens and asking the analysts sitting in front of… read more

AfterGlow 1.6.5 – Edge Labels

May 06 2015

A new version of AfterGlow is ready. Version 1.6.5 has a couple of improvements: 1. If you have an input file which only has two columns, AfterGlow now automatically switches to a two-node mode. You don’t have to use the (-t) switch explicitly anymore in this case! (I know, it’s… read more

A New and Updated Field Dictionary for Logging Standards

May 06 2015

If you have been interested and been following event interchange formats or logging standards, you know of CEF and CEE. Problem is that we lost funding for CEE, which doesn’t mean that CEE is dead! In fact, I updated the field dictionary to accommodate some more use-cases and data sources.… read more

Using Impala and Parquet to Analyze Network Traffic – VAST 2013 Challenge

May 06 2015

As I outlined in my previous blog post on How to clean up network traffic logs, I have been working with the VAST 2013 traffic logs. Today I am going to show you can load the traffic logs into Impala (with a parquet table) for very quick querying. First off,… read more

Cleaning Up Network Traffic Logs – VAST 2013 Challenge

May 06 2015

I have spent some significant time with the VAST 2013 Challenge. I have been part of the program committee for a couple of years now and have seen many challenge submissions. Both good and bad. What I noticed with most submissions is that they a) didn’t really understand network data,… read more

Cyber Security Monitoring Still Full of Challenges

May 06 2015

I was greatly honored when I got an invitation from the Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD) to give a talk about data mining and cyber security. Knowing me, you might be able to guess the topic I chose to present: Visual Analytics. I am focussing on not… read more

Rockstars Use a Good Text Editor – I Use VIM

May 06 2015

Those of you who know me most likely know that I am quite the VIM fan. At any time, there is at least one VIM window open on my computer. I just like the speed of editing and the flexibility it offers. I even use VI bindings in my UNIX… read more

Signals from Strata + Hadoop World 2015 in London

May 06 2015

People from across the data world are coming together this week for Strata + Hadoop World 2015 in London. Below we’ve assembled notable keynotes, interviews, and insights from the event. Shazam already knows the next big hit “With relative accuracy, … read more

Take the Pain Out of Saving Money
April 01, 2010
In this live event, Mac Slocum, online editor for O'Reilly Media, will conduct a video interview with J.D. Roth, financial expert and author of Your Money: The Missing Manual. Roth will discuss practical tips for saving money and helpful techniques that...

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--Philippa Lane, Amazon.com

"This really is the book I wish I’d read, (and kept to refer to) when I was twenty years old and in my first adult job. (Administrative Assistant at a marketing firm in New York City.) Luckily, it’s still a valuable resource when a gal is working her way through her early forties."
--Katy Wolk-Stanley, Non-Consumer Advocate

"...a top all-around financial guide any consumer or student will relish."
--Diane Donovan, The Bookwatch: The Money/Finance Shelf

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--The Associated Press, The Oakland Tribune

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--Steve Bush, New Equipment Digest, May 2010

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--Lynda Lippin, Blogcritics.org

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--Dad of Divas, An Island Life

"Your Money: The Missing Manual is not a cutesy quick-fix for those of you with the 'McDonalds Mentality.' If you're looking for something like that, keep looking. But if you're looking for a real manual, a text book if you will, on money management, spending habits, and the psychological insight needed to understand why we do some of the dunderheaded things we do, this could be your ticket. Your Money The Missing Manual can show you how to get out of debt and to truly understand what makes you, personally, tick. You will learn how to manage your resources so that you can pursue the things/activities that make you truly happy."
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"J. D. Roth's book is a much-needed dose of reality in the world of personal finance, and I would strongly recommend it to anyone looking to "clean house" when it comes to their financial affairs."
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--Miranda Marquit, AllBusiness.com