Tarsnap talk at mug.org, 12 May 2015

I’ll be doing a 20-minute presentation on Tarsnap at the mug.org meeting on 12 May 2015, at the Farmington Hills library.

As you might guess, it’s somewhat based on my Tarsnap book. I only get 20 minutes, so it won’t be a complete overview, but it will get you started.

Assuming all goes well, we’ll . . . → Read More: Tarsnap talk at mug.org, 12 May 2015

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

Sunday Morning Linux Review on “Tarsnap Mastery”

The Sunday Morning Linux Review crew has reviewed Tarsnap Mastery in episode 148. From the review:

“If you use any nix-type system, and need offsite backups, then you need Tarsnap. If you want to use Tarsnap efficiently, you need Tarsnap Mastery.”

The whole episode is worth listening to, but the review itself starts about 1:27 . . . → Read More: Sunday Morning Linux Review on “Tarsnap Mastery”

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

“Forever Falls” novella print and ebook

I posted this elsewhere, but now that it’s in print I should mention it here:

I have a new Montague Portal novella out, Forever Falls, in both print and ebook.

There’s no grounds for murder.

There’s no ground at all.

The people exploring and exploiting alien universes risk everything—including their lives.But Devin Gupper’s death makes . . . → Read More: “Forever Falls” novella print and ebook

“Tarsnap Mastery” print out!

You can get the print version of Tarsnap Mastery from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Other Amazon sites will have it shortly.

In about 6 weeks the book will percolate through the Ingram catalog, which means that sites like Powells and B&N will have it.

“Tarsnap Mastery” ebook out

The ebook of Tarsnap Mastery is now on Amazon, iBooks, and Kobo. All DRM-free, of course.

I’m working on the print version this week.

Once I have the print version available, the 3-format ebook bundle will be available from www.tiltedwindmillpress.com


The Sunday Morning Linux Review did a very long and thorough review of Networking for Systems Administrators in episode 145.

Seems they liked it.

The rest of the podcast is interesting and amusing–as SMLR is.

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