New show! “Lunduke & Whatnot (with Matt)”

I’ve joined forces with Matt Hartley to create a new, weekly, video show over on my YouTube channel.

We call it “Lunduke & Whatnot (with Matt)”.  And it is a freaking delightful romp.  Here’s a few nuggets of wisdom about this production from the heavens:

  • No ads.  None.  Because ads get annoying.  Fast.
  • The two hosts have never done a show together before — yet they have both hosted the same show at different times.  I know.  Crazy, right?
  • New episode every week.

For the first episode we talk with Michael Hall (community manager at Canonical) about the Ubuntu BQ 10 inch tablet — and the overall Ubuntu mobile / convergence experience.

If you haven’t already, subscribe to my YouTube channel.  That’s where you’ll find each new episode.

Linux is #@&%ing Weird — The Video

File this under the “I forgot to post about this on my blog” category…

Back in April I attended LinuxFest NW.  As usual, it was delightful.  Got the opportunity to give a few presentations (including a Q&A on openSUSE).

My big presentation was titled simply “Linux is #@&%ing Weird“.  It was, in a nutshell, me talking about a boatload of the weird (and wonderful) devices and places where you can find Linux.  Fair warning: there are a few naughty words in here.  It’s for the grown-ups.  🙂  Just broke 100,000 views on my YouTube Channel, to boot.  All-in-all, pretty happy with how that came out.

On that note, my “Linux Sucks 2016” video — which was recorded a few months back at the Southern California Linux Expo and features cameos from the likes of Richard Stallman, Jim Whitehurst, Cory Doctorow and Piers Anthony — is steadily closing in on 400,000 views.

Does that make me smile?

Yes.  Yes, it does.

Oh, and a huge thanks goes out to my supporters on Patreon.  They make it possible for me to afford the travel and recording costs for creating these videos.  Without their support (and the support of the conferences brave enough to give me a podium) these videos wouldn’t be happening.  A hearty Internet-based high-five to you all.

Final signed “Linux is Badass” shipped!

2016-05-11 10.55.30Phew!  The last signed, hardback copy of “Linux is Badass” has been packaged and shipped.

That was a way bigger undertaking than I thought it would be.  Next time I decide to do something like this… somebody remind me of how much work it was.  🙂

Those of you waiting for your copy — it should be arriving on your doorstep soon!  I’m not 100% sure how long it’ll take to arrive for each of you (they mostly went out via the inexpensive media mail… so however long that typically takes).

More “Linux is Badass” books on the way!

Last month I did a big, bulk order of hardback copies of my book, Linux is Badass.  The number of you crazy kids that wanted a signed copy was absolutely, astoundingly overwhelming.

And, on that front I’ve got some great news — followed by slightly annoying news for a few of you (17 of you, to be exact).

2016-05-11 10.55.30First, the good news:  This is a picture of the very last of the books that I have left to sign and mail out.  I originally planned to mail them off within about a week of getting the books delivered to me — I had no idea how much time it would take to sign and ship that many books.  Hell, if I’m being honest, I only expected to have a few dozen of you order books anyway.  I was, apparently, very wrong on my estimate.  Took me a few weeks to sign and ship the small mountain of books… but I finally managed to do it!

The bad news: I’m short 17 books.  No joke.  I’d like to say I have a good excuse for getting the order number wrong… but somewhere along the line I missed 17 of you.  How?  I haven’t the foggiest.  I even have a spreadsheet I use to track it all.  Best guess is that I have a mild case of Dumb-ass-itis.  (This would explain a great many things.)

The better news that makes the bad news not so bad: I’ve already put in an order for those 17 books (plus an extra handful just in case I still haven’t learned how to count properly).  Those should be arriving here around the beginning of next week and I’ve set aside some dedicated time to sign and ship all 17 out right away.  Which means, if you haven’t received your copy yet, you will very soon.

I feel rather bad about the delay my inability to do basic math has caused for a few of you.  I’m trying to think up a good way to show my appreciation for those of you who were so patient for your copy to arrive.  I don’t have any good ideas yet, but am open to suggestions!  Maybe I could doodle a little picture on the inside cover of each one or something.  That way those 17 are extra, super-duper special.  Hmm.  I have a few days to come up with something fun.

Shaking things up.

The old has been running for years and years.  And it was a total freaking mess; I wanted something more from it than it was possible to get.

So I archived it and started from scratch with a simple website specifically existing to make it easy to publish the kind of things that I want to be publishing.

So.  There you have it.  Pretty simple.  Nothing exciting.  Except for me.