exciting announcement: I just put all of my comics online at wizardzines.com/comics/!

Here's a blog post about why I did it: jvns.ca/blog/2021/05/0…
I made a little search function so that you can easily find the one you want wizardzines.com/comics/.
I felt a bit worried about making all these comics more easily available online because – what if nobody wants to buy the zines anymore?
But I decided to do it anyway because the zine business is doing really well and I decided that it's more fun to operate with a spirit of abundance ❤

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dns question I'm having trouble googling the answer to: why do MX records have a priority (like '10 aspmx.l.google.com.')? like A records and NS records also have multiple servers, but they don't have a priority
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computer language poll: is mail.google.com a subdomain of google.com? (not a trick question, no wrong answers, please don't argue about it in the replies, I'm just curious what different people think the word "subdomain" means :) )
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anyway I think arguing about definitions of words is super boring but I always think it's interesting when a really common technical term has multiple meanings (so far 6% of people definitely voted no to that poll! :))
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welcome! here's a short thread explaining what's going on with the programming comics I post, like this one:
I mostly write about Linux, weird programming languages (like sql / css / bash), debugging, computer networking, and very occasionally people skills

You can read a bunch of my comics here: wizardzines.com/comics/
I run a business called Wizard Zines (wizardzines.com) where I sell short (20-28 page) books (aka "zines") on Linux, Git, HTTP, SQL, bash, CSS, containers, tcpdump, networking, and more
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13 Dec 20
I spent most of October tweeting bash comics, and I’m excited to announce that my “Bite Size Bash” zine is coming out on Wednesday!

here’s a thread with a little bit about why I wrote the zine…
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so, why do really talented programmers struggle with bash?
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1. It's a weird & counterintuitive language
2. you probably don't need to write it that often, so you don't practice
3. the times you DO need to use it, it's often because something important (like a build) broke and it needs to be fixed RIGHT NOW
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