“Tarsnap Mastery” pre-pub reviewers wanted

The first draft of “Tarsnap Mastery” is ready for pre-pub review.

Colin has reviewed the manuscript, so I’m fairly sure that the technical stuff is correct. But Colin knows Tarsnap very well, so he read the book already understanding what I’m trying to teach.

And in aggregate, y’all use Tarsnap much more than I possibly . . . → Read More: “Tarsnap Mastery” pre-pub reviewers wanted

FreeBSD Jail Management Tools

To design “FreeBSD Mastery: Jails” I need to look at the existing jail management tools. Jails have been around about fifteen years now, and FreeBSD has accumulated a whole bunch of wrappers and supporting tools. Many of these have wound up in the ports collection.

Jails have evolved over the years. Some of these add-on . . . → Read More: FreeBSD Jail Management Tools

Jan 2015 Status & Next Projects

Welcome to 21 January 2015. Here’s the news.

I finished the first draft of Tarsnap Mastery yesterday. Today I went through it one more time, then shipped it off to Colin Percival for his comments on the last few chapters. Once I have his corrections, I’ll solicit reviewers.

Networking for Systems Administrators is at the . . . → Read More: Jan 2015 Status & Next Projects

Two “FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials” reviews

Two new reviews on FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials yesterday.

First, from Justin Sherrill, on DragonflyBSD Digest.

Then on Slashdot, which got featured on Reddit, from Saint Aardvark the Carpeted. (The nice thing about the Internet is, even a carpeted aardvark can make his mark on it.)

I’d like to thank both gentlemen for taking the . . . → Read More: Two “FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials” reviews

BSDCan 2015 Call for Papers Ending Soon

I just submitted a talk and a tutorial to BSDCan 2015.

If you’ve done anything in BSD technology over the last year more sophisticated than “maintained respiration and blood flow,” you should submit as well.

As a committee member, I can say we are always looking for unusual work. Yes, we all know that Henning . . . → Read More: BSDCan 2015 Call for Papers Ending Soon

Volunteering Early to Tech Review

Another “write this once so I can refer to it later” post. If I sent you a link to this post, it’s probably because you asked to tech review a book before I’m ready for tech reviewers.

This week, I received several requests from readers who want to do a pre-publication tech review of one . . . → Read More: Volunteering Early to Tech Review

BSDNow Interview now live

Well, that didn’t take long.

My interview yesterday with BSDNow.tv is up, as Episode 68: Just the Essentials. We talk about FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials. Plus my next projects, Networking for Systems Administrators and Tarsnap Mastery, plus my next FreeBSD and OpenBSD books.

And, of course, crushing Peter Hansteen.

Because it’s not enough that I . . . → Read More: BSDNow Interview now live

Sudo talk now on YouTube

My talk Sudo: You’re Doing It Wrong is now live on YouTube. (Thanks to TJ for letting me know.) The talk is based on my book Sudo Mastery.

This talk went better than my NYCBSDCon talk. Probably because I hadn’t confused “buzzing with caffeine, adrenaline, and sleeplessness” with “raging tonsilitis.” The Q&A at the . . . → Read More: Sudo talk now on YouTube

SMLR on “FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials”

The Sunday Morning Linux Review folks have a review of FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials in show 141. The review starts at about 39:30, but the whole show is worth listening to. As always.

For my own reference, here’s a couple key quotes that I’ll probably use for marketing later. (I either write them down here, . . . → Read More: SMLR on “FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials”

Next tech book: Tarsnap Mastery

Now that “Networking for System Administrators” is out for review, it’s time for me to dive into my next tech project: Tarsnap Mastery. Tarsnap is an encrypted online backup service run by Colin Percival, retired FreeBSD Security Officer.

Colin has asked me to write some Tarsnap documentation for years. Now that I’ve moved my personal . . . → Read More: Next tech book: Tarsnap Mastery