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October’s Damp Sausage

I love autumn. I love the cooler weather, apple cider with fresh hot mill donuts, and having all the windows wide open. But right now it’s stupid humid, with gray skies that promise damp-clearing rain but never deliver. Anyway. I just sent the first draft of ‘DNSSEC Mastery 2/e’ to the sponsors and a handful […]
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September’s Steamed Sausage

The heat has broken. Life is again worth living. Wait–this was the coolest summer of the rest of my life? Aw, crap. Stupid global warming. Ah, well, at least it’s coming quickly enough to smack the deniers. August went fairly well. Plowed through the badger book first draft in a couple weeks, and am back […]
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August’s Abasking Sausage

Hi folks! Last month I did something bizarre. I took a week off work. I’ve taken time off before, but not quite like this. When I go to BSDCan, I’ll take a couple days here and there. If She Who Must Be Obeyed takes a trip for work, I’ll go with her. I work a […]
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July’s Jabbering Sausage

Dear folks in the northern hemisphere: welcome to the coolest summer of the rest of your life. Detroit isn’t under a heat bubble the way Oregon is, but our summer is decidedly bipolar. We’re alternating between stretches of gorgeous days in the high 70s, and ghastly 90-degree days. Between that and folks who are vaccinated […]
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June’s Juxtaposed Sausage

Yesterday, it was about 50 degrees F. Tomorrow, the weatherman says it’ll be in the 90s. We need to set some resource limits on the weatherd(8) process, but until then I’ll roll with it. The plague is sort of winding down here in Detroit, except where the idiots roam the baking-frozen streets babbling about their […]
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May’s Melodramatic Sausage

I sweated blood for a year writing a book on Transport Layer Security for sysadmins, trying to raise the standard of practice in this arcane field. It came out last month. Last month, I also released a collection of footnotes from my previous books. I whipped this together in about a day. Working with the […]
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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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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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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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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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