Inaugural SemiBUG meeting notes

Last night was the first meeting, at the Hazel Park Raceway. Eleven people attended.

The next meeting will be at 7:00 PM, 1715 December 2015, at the Hazel Park Raceway.

The fourth floor of the HPR clubhouse was actually quite suitable for a user group meeting. HPR has horse races on Friday and Saturday . . . → Read More: Inaugural SemiBUG meeting notes

first meeting next Tuesday

The first meeting for theSoutheast Michigan BSD User Group, aka SEMIBUG, will be next Tuesday, 17 November 2015, at the Hazel Park Raceway restaurant.

We’ll discuss what sort of meeting we want, when the regular meeting will happen, where it will be, and suchlike. We’ll probably also draft someone to fix the website. (By fix, . . . → Read More: first meeting next Tuesday

Detroit-area BSD user group, take 2

Fifteen years ago, I tried to organize a BSD user group in southeast Michigan.

That effort failed because of a lack of a steady place to meet.

The memory of that failure has faded with time. So I’m trying again. This time, the Southeast Michigan BSD User Group, or SEMIBUG, has a web site and . . . → Read More: Detroit-area BSD user group, take 2

freebsd-update: “/usr/sbin/freebsd-update: cannot open files/.gz: No such file or directory”

This morning, I finally updated my web server to FreeBSD 10.2-p6 using freebsd-update. Normally I like freebsd-update, but this morning it decided to be cranky.

As usual, it was cranky because I didn’t know what I was doing.

First, I should say that I don’t need to update my hosts that often. If there’s, say, . . . → Read More: freebsd-update: “/usr/sbin/freebsd-update: cannot open files/.gz: No such file or directory”

50% TWP titles (and more) at

If you’re a Kobo user, I’ve got a heck of a deal for you. All of my Tilted Windmill Press titles, fiction and nonfiction, are available for half off with a coupon code. This includes books like FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS, SSH Mastery, and Immortal Clay, but excludes my No Starch titles like Absolute FreeBSD and . . . → Read More: 50% TWP titles (and more) at

New “FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS” review

The fine folks over at NixCraft just put out a review of FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS.

Seems that the book suffers from a shortage of suck.

SSH talk, 10 November 2015

I’ll be at the Farmington Hills Public Library for the meeting on 10 November 2015, talking about SSH.

The talk will be pretty much based on SSH Mastery, as you might expect.

Meeting starts around 6:30 PM.

The library throws us out at 9PM, at which point a bunch of us troop out to . . . → Read More: SSH talk, 10 November 2015

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