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

Sysadmin Appreciation Day sale!

We all know that sysadmins don’t get enough credit.

Someone cared enough to create Sysadmin Appreciation Day, which is very nice, except that the only people who know about it are, well, sysadmins. And we are really crappy at appreciating anyone, including ourselves.

So, over at Tilted Windmill Press, I’m having a sale. The coupon . . . → Read More: Sysadmin Appreciation Day sale!

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

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.

. . . → 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.

Tarsnap talk on-line

My 20-minute Tarsnap talk at mug.org turned out to be more like 40 minutes. It’s now available at YouTube.

Or, just watch it below.