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20 April 2017
Your government is not better than any other

I usually cringe and avoid the people who (primarily out of ignorance) talk about how bad communism was, how crazy governments in south america are, how terrible it must be to live in China. I don’t engage in those conversations because I’m the only one who’s actually experienced what they’re complaining about, and it’s pointless … Read more

17 March 2017
Markdown is readable? Yeah, and my prose is gold.

Too many people I know have been telling me in the last few years how wonderful and beautiful markdown is. I never believed them, because I have quite a bit of experience with wiki markup, whose proponents have been saying exactly the same things about wiki markup for several years prior to markdown’s release. Just … Read more

23 February 2017
DYI cheap stand-up desk

Standing in front of my new stand-up desk I’m experiencing an unexpected sense of freedom. I wanted to try a stand-up desk for years. Several people I know recommended them but the problem is: my desk is huge, it’s well organized, and I didn’t want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on something 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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Hudson's bay - farthest north you can ride in eastern Canada. Read more

2008 - Toronto-Ottawa Bike
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Four day bicycle trip from Toronto to Ottawa. Read more