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25 February 2015
Using libXMP with the NDK in an Android app

I’ve done this work to help out with the open source programming course at Seneca (DPS911). The goal: see if it’s possible (and realistic) to use XMP in an Android app. I’ve spent about 20 hours working on it, mostly going round in circles. The XMP library is shit developed by idiots and Android Studio … Read more

18 February 2015
Centos LTS my ass

From the CentOS FAQ: CentOS-6 updates until November 30, 2020 I was always suspicious about this claim, but I figured it’s based on RedHat, which is a serious company, and they can’t afford to screw with their customers too much. I don’t know how (if at all) this story is related to RedHat. The problem … Read more

10 January 2015
Your password is too… hard to break

I figured at some point after heartbleed (after sites had time to get themselves patched) I should change all my passwords for valuable services. I’m doing that now and I was shocked by a couple where it wouldn’t let me change my password because the new one was too complex :) The last time I … Read more

Who is Andrew Smith?

And what's a solutions engineer? My goal in life is to design and develop solutions for people - to make them less frustrated, to give them better tools, to let them concentrate on more important things.

I'm an engineer specializing in Linux and open source software: I use it as a platform to create desktop, server, and embedded device applications, libraries, and services.

If you have a question about my work - by all means contact me, I'll be happy to talk to you about it.

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2012 - Killarney Canoe
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Five day canoe trip through the Killarney Provincial Park in Ontario. Read more