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

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

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

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.

. . . → Read More: FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS ebook done

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.

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

FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS on pre-order

FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS just went to the FreeBSD developer community for technical review.

I’ve also made it available for pre-order on the Tilted Windmill site.

This is the first of two books on ZFS.

I also plan a 4-book bundle once FreeBSD Mastery: Specialty Filesystems is done.

FreeBSD and beadm

One of Solaris’ ZFS features is boot environments, where you can install multiple versions of the core operating systems and choose which one to boot into. Boot environments take a lot of the risk out of upgrades; if an upgrade goes bad, you can easily roll back to the previous version.

Boot environments are built . . . → Read More: FreeBSD and beadm

March 2015 updates

I’ve been busy producing words, just not blog words.

The short bits first. I hit 125K words in the first 3 months of 2015, putting me on track to break half a million words in 2015. While in the past I normally hit about a thousand words an hour, that required leveraging my day job . . . → Read More: March 2015 updates

BSDCan proposals and rejections

This year, BSDCan passed a critical threshold: we got too many good proposals. As a conference, this is an excellent problem to have. As a concom member, it kind of sucks. When your papers are mostly excellent, how do you decide which proposals to take and which to reject?

What follows is my highly personal . . . → Read More: BSDCan proposals and rejections