Winter Arrivals

Two exciting things happened. First, we have a water heater, kindly provided by the fine folks who sponsored FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS. A few hours after getting it, my missus declared that she believes the old water heater never worked. At all. She is also highly in favor of water pressure in a shower. Apparently . . . → Read More: Winter Arrivals

“FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS” Table of Contents

I’ve gotten a few potential sponsors asking what Allan and I intend to put in the Advanced ZFS book. Here’s a tentative Table of Contents.

We may split, remix, slice, dice, fold, spindle, and mutilate this in the coming weeks.

0: Introduction 1: Boot Environments 2: Delegation and Jails 3: Sharing 4: Replication 5: zvols . . . → Read More: “FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS” Table of Contents

Sponsorships and Hot Water

My home is heated by a hot water boiler, a mysterious contraption of tanks and pipes all running to an aluminum-cased burner, the whole thing almost as old as I am. Boilers can last about as long as people, so the age isn’t really an issue. A few months ago, though, one of the mysterious . . . → Read More: Sponsorships and Hot Water

Sponsorships for “FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS”

I recently put up a post musing offering sponsorships for tech books. The reaction I got, both in blog comments and private email, was overwhelmingly positive.

And people are eagerly awaiting FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS, by Allan Jude and yours truly.

So, I’ve decided to try selling sponsorships for FM:AZ.

Ebook sponsors ($20) get their . . . → Read More: Sponsorships for “FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS”

FreeBSD Mastery: Specialty Filesystems now escaping

Today, I ordered a physical print proof of FreeBSD Mastery: Specialty Filesystems.

The ebook is now available on my site, and is infiltrating other bookstores as you read this. Each ebookstore has its own internal speed–while I uploaded to Amazon first, I expect it to make the books available last.

I’ll keep the book page . . . → Read More: FreeBSD Mastery: Specialty Filesystems now escaping

The Penguicon Lucas Tech Track

I submitted several tech events to Penguicon, our local tech/SF/maker/assorted random WTF convention.

They accepted six: five talks and one panel.

So if you’re in Detroit on the weekend of 29 April-1 May, come by and see me bloviate about:

PAM: You’re Doing It Wrong the ZFS File System Networking for Systems Administrators Encrypted Backups . . . → Read More: The Penguicon Lucas Tech Track

September’s Publishing Workshop

Other people have posted their thoughts on September’s 2015’s Oregon Coast writing workshop. Here’s mine.

I want to expand my readership, so I submit writing to people who can pay me for it. Selling a piece to a pro market is not only income, it’s advertising.

I’ve been using the same Word template for . . . → Read More: September’s Publishing Workshop

Patronage without Patreon

I did my year-end accounting yesterday, double-checking bank statements and receipts and credit card statements and making sure everything was in the Expenses Spreadsheet of Doom. (Doom, I say!)

My earlier financial predictions were wildly overblown, but we’re doing okay. Books take longer to write than I thought. Well, decent tech books, at least. I . . . → Read More: Patronage without Patreon

New review on “Tarsnap Mastery”

nixCraft has posted a review of Tarsnap Mastery: Online Backups for the Truly Paranoid.

nixCraft makes a deliberate practice of listing pros and cons for each book they review. This is a good idea. The only con that they list is that “you most definitely need some basic Unix command-line knowledge.”

I can live with . . . → Read More: New review on “Tarsnap Mastery”

randi vs xmj

I’ve gotten a bunch of emails asking me for my opinion on the Randi – xmj FreeBSD issue.

Short short answer: I am withholding comment until we hear some kind of response from FreeBSD’s core team. Or until we don’t.

Short answer: This looks really bad for FreeBSD’s leaders and the Foundation.

If a volunteer . . . → Read More: randi vs xmj