September 2015 updates

I haven’t done a general update since June? Well, let’s give where things are at the end of September. Because it’s October, and for my whole career my status reports have always been behind, and I see no reason to change now.

FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS is underway. Right now it’s in Allan Jude’s capable . . . → Read More: September 2015 updates

Reviews and Interviews

Two chunks of news on my tech books yesterday:

1) nixCraft’s Wendy Michele wrote a very nice review of FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials. Apparently I need to send her a copy of the ZFS book (which I’m perfectly okay with doing).

2) BSDTalk 2^8 discusses FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS. Recorded at vBSDCon, my coauthor Allan Jude . . . → Read More: Reviews and Interviews

Two new stories

Here’s two short stories I’ve just put out. I had a complete blast writing these. I think you’ll enjoy reading them.

Spilled Mirovar

Spilled Mirovar

The modern year of 1927, and orcs still have to fight elven asshole bullshit.

Prohibition left exceptions for the church of Men, the Elvish sacraments, even the Dwarfish rituals. . . . → Read More: Two new stories

On “unpleasant truths” in tech books

(Part of an intermittent continuing series on tech writing. People have urged me to write a book on how to write tech books for years. If I collect enough of these, I just might.)

I’m working on FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS, and am desperately hoping to have a first draft finished and out for tech . . . → Read More: On “unpleasant truths” in tech books

Sysadmin Appreciation Day sale!

We all know that sysadmins don’t get enough credit.

Someone cared enough to create Sysadmin Appreciation Day, which is very nice, except that the only people who know about it are, well, sysadmins. And we are really crappy at appreciating anyone, including ourselves.

So, over at Tilted Windmill Press, I’m having a sale. The coupon . . . → Read More: Sysadmin Appreciation Day sale!

Me at LivBSD on ZFS

On Thursday, August 20, 2015, I’ll be joining the Livingston Country BSD User Group to present about ZFS.

There are no plans to record this talk. If you want to see it, you’ll have to show up. Or, as I’m proposing a very similar talk to Penguicon 2016, you might show up there instead.

. . . → Read More: Me at LivBSD on ZFS

Open dinner in Scottsdale, AZ, 17 July 2015

I posted this on various social networking sites, but I should probably put it here too.

I’m in Scottsdale, AZ, this week, on family business. I have a couple readers in the Phoenix area, so I’m inviting them, and everyone else in the area, to join me for dinner on Friday night at the Roaring . . . → Read More: Open dinner in Scottsdale, AZ, 17 July 2015

June 2015 Updates

Yes, it’s July. But these updates are for June. Because I put off writing this post.

Initial reaction to “FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS” has been positive. I’m pleased that so many people like the book.

Work on “FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS” is underway. I want to get this book done soon. Soooon. Because I’m kind of . . . → Read More: June 2015 Updates

YouTube review on “Networking For Systems Administrators”

While I was at BSDCan, tutorialLinux posted a review of Networking for Systems Administrators.

“One of the best five systems administration books he’s ever read?”

That’ll do me for a bit, I think.

He also used my new brag shelf banner photo to establish my credibility as a writer. I resisted having a brag . . . → Read More: YouTube review on “Networking For Systems Administrators”

I will have books at BSDCan

The printer says that they’ll have FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS to me before I leave for BSDCan.

And they’ve sent UPS tracking numbers. Numbers that UPS acknowledges. While they don’t show a delivery date yet, UPS says that the boxes exist.

So I’m pretty confident in saying that I’ll have books there. And I take Square.

. . . → Read More: I will have books at BSDCan