FMSE Chapter 10 available for free

The FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials page now offers Chapter 10: SMART, as a sample.

I think this is the shortest blog post I’ve ever done, but… hmm… nope, that’s it. If you’re dubious on the book, here’s how you can try it for free. Have a nice day.

Testing Reddit Advertising for Nonfiction

The biggest boost in book sales I’ve ever seen is from when the review of FMSE went on Reddit’s sysadmin board.

Reddit has a self-serve advertising platform, with a minimum buy of $5 for 5000 impressions. I’m willing to risk $5 on an experiment.

So I now have a sponsored link on Reddit, pimping Sudo . . . → Read More: Testing Reddit Advertising for Nonfiction

“Networking for Systems Administrators” on Kindle

After more time than I expected, Networking for Systems Administrators is available on Kindle. I’ve uploaded it to Nook and Kobo as well, but they haven’t made it available yet.

The Amazon links on the book page are affiliate links. If you buy through them, I make a little extra.

I’m working on the print . . . → Read More: “Networking for Systems Administrators” on Kindle

Word doc placed in Indesign gets numbered headings

This has bit me more than once, and according to Google it affects nobody else on the whole Internet. Do I feel special or what?

I write books in Microsoft Word, using Styles. Paragraph and character styles are essential for producing electronic and print books.

At random times, when I import a Word doc into . . . → Read More: Word doc placed in Indesign gets numbered headings

“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