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9 February 2017
New service for pissing me off – BitNinja

I did something terrible, something no sysadmin in their right mind should do to a  server. I ran nmap. Once. And I got myself on some kind of blacklist, essentially into a hosts.deny I could no longer access the website I was working with. Requests would time out, with occasionally a half-loaded page which I … Read more

1 December 2016
Social media dinosaurs

That’s me. To date this blog has been the complete extent of my presence on anything resembling social media. I don’t even send text messages because I think they’re dumb. But I’m starting a new blog (very soon, hopefully next week) which I want to be noticed. And I figured the only way it will … Read more

1 December 2016
littlesvr.ca is big again

littlesvr.ca is now in its fourth incarnation! It started as a massive old PII, which I eventually replaced with a tiny Koolu for 400$. I was excited about that because the new server used less than 10W of power, had no fans, but did everything I wanted. Later I upgraded that to an Intel Atom … 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

2013 - Bruce Trail - Part1
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The first part of our trip following the Bruce trail from end to end. Read more