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.

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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.

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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 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 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