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”

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.

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

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