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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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Freebie for all Patronizers

I’m double-checking my access controls for the brand new private Patronizer setup. And the best way to do that is to give something away. Some of you might know that I write a column for the FreeBSD Journal. They basically let me do whatever I want, so long as it’s not explicitly scatological and doesn’t […]
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