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12 July 2020
Set up your own Linux Mint mirror for lightning-fast downloads

For a very long time I’ve been a Slackware user. I still happily run Slackware on my servers, but I moved to Linux Mint for all my workstations. One of the things that always pissed me off about non-Slackware distributions is the amount of time it takes to install new software. Sure in Slackware I … Read more

20 March 2020
Mass hysteria

Finally, I have something serious to complain about. I don’t remember the last time it was so blindingly obvious that the world is completely filled with idiots. There’s a thing going around the world called the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). It’s severity is about the same as a cold. Maybe a flu. And the world … Read more

29 February 2020
Certificates, again

I hate, hate planned obsolescence. Almost as much as I hate religious idealistic stupidity such as that described below. My wife spent about a month missing an application on a virtual machine that she needs for her job (Drill Draw). And I just spent an hour figuring out what the problem was. The application was … 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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2005 - Toronto-Niagara

Four day bike ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls and back. Read more