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April’s Abundant Sausage

In the last ten days I’ve released two books, completed the first draft of $git sync murder, had a shattered molar pulled, received my second doze of pfizer covid vaccine, and recovered from same. Whew. The only side effect I had from the vaccine was ~20 hours of extreme fatigue, starting late in the day […]
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April Video Hangout

Hi folks, I’m scheduling the April meetup for Saturday, 17 April, at 10 AM EDT (14:00 UTC). I have two books out this month, so there’s a possible topic. Or we can continue discussing the impact of Terry Pratchett on English literature. Whatever. ==ml ———— Michael Lucas is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. […]
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For Digital Reader and above Patronizers: “TLS Mastery”

Dear Patronizers: It’s here. It’s finally freaking here. Patronizer platforms expose the first section of any post to the general public, so I have to babble for a little bit to hide the details from those less worthy than you. (Don’t get me wrong: everyone is worthy, but some are more worthy than others.) I’ve […]
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March Video Hangout

Between busted teeth and getting TLS Mastery to copyedit, it’s been a heck of a month. And for more fun, the roof is leaking and I’m eligible to get a covid vaccine. Nevertheless, I’m scheduling our monthly Patronizer video chat. This time it’s in the evening to support those folks on the West Coast of […]
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March’s Mean-Mouthed Sausage

First, the good news. TLS Mastery is off to copyedit. Tech reviews on this book were savage. The reviewers were kind, mind you, and I appreciated their help. But even after spending a year reading RFCs and man pages and tutorials, after grilling TLS software developers on the phone for hours, the reviews made it […]
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Montague Portal omnibus for Digital Readers

You need this. Or you don’t. It’s a thing. In case you didn’t read the Sausage post yet: while the tier benefits exclude omnibuses, I’m giving this omnibus to readers. Because I can. I need some extra words here so that the URL doesn’t show up in the public teaser. How many words? About 45. […]
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February’s Frantic Sausage

Meteorologists are like sysadmins. They present the worst possible case to their users. Failure to predict a massive blizzard and ice storm with gale force winds is worse than predicting a storm that doesn’t happen. The weather folks say Detroit gets hammered tonight, so I better share this Sausage post before I lose power, Internet, […]
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First draft of “TLS Mastery” done

After ten months of deciphering RFCs, ignoring riots and pandemics, hosing down my missus with bleach every time she returned from the hospital, and studying openssl s_client output, I finally have a complete draft of TLS Mastery. I’m now soliciting tech reviewers. If you can read this post you’re getting this post will get a […]
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January’s Inaugural Sausage

Hi folks, The bad news is, last year I wrote only about 300K words. It’s a new low for me. I’m blaming US politics and the pandemic. My wife is a nurse practitioner, and while she’s not on the front lines she knows people everywhere. It’s not good. For me to say “Watching my wife […]
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Prohibition Orc tale for Digital Readers

Hi folks, With any luck, this post (beyond the preview) should be visible only to folks who have Digital Reader benefits and above. Please let me know if something is sideways. Here’s the first entry in my “publish a story on the 13th of every month to clear out this bloody awful backlog of stuff” […]
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