Over the past few weeks I have had the unusual experience of meeting two authors of books that were in my personal library. In fact in both cases, I actually had their books in possession and the respective authors very graciously signed them for me. The first instance of this happening took place earlier this month, as I was heading home to NYC to see family. I noticed a gentlemen sporting a BSD daemon on his t-shirt. To my surprise he was heading to the NYCBSDcon. I figured he was a FreeBSD advocate, so I teased him by stating that I preferred OpenBSD. As expected, I easily sparked a conversation, and it turned out the gentlemen was Michael Lucas. I have purchased three of Lucas's books.
- Absolute BSD
- SSH Mastery
Absolute OpenBSD (Photo credit: AG_)
back pack so I pulled it out for his signature. He was delighted on two accounts. Firstly, that I recognized him in a crowded airport and secondly that I owned one of his least selling books. I suppose DNS isn't really a very sexy subject. He suggested to me that I really understand BIND prior to tackling DNSSEC.
He mentioned that he would be doing a talk at the conference and asked if I were going to be in attendance. Truth is I would have loved to attend the conference. The venue was to take place in a bar called Suspenders?? That alone sounded intriguing. I'll have to download the talks soon, as I am sure they are available online now.
I ran into him again on the return flight, and I figured by now he thought I was stalking him.. Very interesting indeed. I finally have my entry way into the BSD community. Hope to run into him again at some of the local cons.