FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS ebook done

You can now get the ebook for FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS at Tilted Windmill Press.

I’m uploading it to ebookstores today. Should be available everywhere very soon. I’ll do another post when that happens.

The final cover is below. Art by the illustrious Eddie Sharam. Beastie is copyrighted, of course, by Kirk McKusick.

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FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS cover

And now for something fun: the cover painting for FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS. Like FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials, this was done by the excellent Eddie Sharam.

The original work was Hy Sandham’s Bicycling.

Tarsnap talk on-line

My 20-minute Tarsnap talk at mug.org turned out to be more like 40 minutes. It’s now available at YouTube.

Or, just watch it below.

European Union VAT and my bookstore

For the last couple years I’ve been fairly successful selling my self-published books from my own store at tiltedwindmillpress.com. Recent legislation in the European Union changes this.

The EU has this thing called VAT, or “value-added tax.” It’s a tax that requires all sorts of paperwork. It requires charging tax based on the buyer’s location. . . . → Read More: European Union VAT and my bookstore

Free novella at Amazon

My SF novella Forever Falls is free on Kindle through 11 May 2015 (next Monday).

This book is only available on Kindle right now — I’m trying their Kindle Select program, which supposedly gives additional visibility and promotion. It doesn’t seem to have helped so far. Come 3 June, when the Select enrollment runs out, . . . → Read More: Free novella at Amazon

WordPress versus FreeBSD

I recently migrated my web site to a new FreeBSD install, configured so I could use ZFS boot environments. This upgrade crossed FreeBSD versions (10.0->10.1), filesystems (UFS -> ZFS), and PHP versions (5.5 -> 5.6).

And my WordPress pointy-clicky upgrades stopped working. Every time I ran an upgrade, the web gui hung with:

Updating Plugin . . . → Read More: WordPress versus FreeBSD

Web site rearrangement

In case you’re reading this in reverse order in your RSS feeder: ignore the last couple of posts. It’s content I’m moving from my web page to the blog.

I’ve redesigned and rearranged the fiction section of my web site, so that it more easily answers hard questions like “What have you written?” and “Do . . . → Read More: Web site rearrangement

short story: Wednesday’s Seagulls

Wednesday’s Seagulls

by Michael Warren Lucas

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Immortal Clay

I’m writing Immortal Clay, a science fiction series for people who enjoy alien invasion tales like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Thing.

The first book is now out; the second should be available in late 2015.

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Ignore the next couple of posts

I’m in the midst of rearranging my web site. The nonfiction stuff is pretty well organized, but the fiction really is not.

Most of the fiction can easily be reordered, except for a couple of pages that just won’t fit well anywhere. So I’m putting those pages up as blog posts.

Unfortunately, I can’t cancel . . . → Read More: Ignore the next couple of posts