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3 February 2016
WTFPL

Hah! I didn’t even make that one up: Do What the Fuck You Want to Public License. It should have been “whatever” not “what”, which kind of sucks, makes it look like an illiterate 15-year-old american came up with it. I found it because uMap (an awesome piece of software I’m sure I‘ll write about … Read more

24 January 2016
Beaumark 2300, 3100, and 3300 sewing machine manual

This sewing machine came with the house I bought, and it came with a manual. But it’s missing the bobbin case. I couldn’t find any information about it, not who made it, not where to get parts, nothing. But I found someone who really wanted the manual, cause they had the machine with no manual. … Read more

16 January 2016
You try to give Microsoft a break but no…

I feel like Microsoft hates me. It’s not just that it doesn’t care – it is going out of its way to keep me off its operating system, its ecosystem, everything it owns or controls. A few weeks ago I decided to accept the inevitable and “upgrade” from Windows 7 to Windows 10. I know … 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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Hudson's bay - farthest north you can ride in eastern Canada. Read more

2011 - Bolton-Toronto Kayak
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Day trip from Bolton to Toronto down the Humber river. Read more