Sam's home page on this here internet thing
We might be forced into a high profile intervention against them; it would hardly be a war as such because we're way ahead of them technologically, but we'd have to become an occupying force to control them, and that would mean a huge drain on our resources as well as morale; in the end, such an adventure would almost certainly be seen as a mistake, no matter the popular enthusiasm for it at the time. The people of the empire would lose by uniting against us instead of the corrupt regime which controls them, so putting the clock back a century or two, and we would lose by emulating those we despise; invaders, occupiers, hegemonists. -- Iain M. Banks, "The Player of Games"
My PGP key, for paranoid people who wish to contact me.
Art: pictures I have drawn, or otherwise computed.
Is This Image Illegal?: Renders an arbitrary number as an image.
Dotfiles: my configuration files for Bash, Vim, etc. Includes a fancy coloured prompt!
PasswordGeneration: generate passwords given alphabet and desired entropy
FreeIPA: my own notes on FreeIPA regarding stuff that I wish was in the manual
CertmongerSELinux: when SELinux prevents your post-save command from working...
WritingManpages: useful links to documentation
Some notes on performing Continuous Integration builds of Debian packages
... and on my pbuilder firewall setup
PodmanOnDebian: how to build the official Debian Podman packages on your own machine, while they are waiting in the NEW queue
Filtering Emails from Facebook based on the X-Facebook-Notify header
FirewalldZones quick reference
Debian cruft: cleaning up cruft on Debian systems
Debian Release file fields: the correct values to provide in your Release files
CUPS driver list: how CUPS decides which drivers are available
CUPS URL discovery: how CUPS discovers printers and resolves printer URLs
WindowsPrinterDiscovery: pointers to information about WS-Discovery and WS-Print
IPP over USB: the relentless march of technology results in layering weirdness
PythonVenvCreation: my take on the one true way to create Python virtual environments
ToshibaX30X40FirmwareUpdate: updating the firmware of the Toshiba/Dynabook X30/X40 without having to install Windows
Booting your own kernel on DigitalOcean (also changing the init system to systemd)
A short, graphical guide to using software RAID with the Debian-Installer.
MailSystem: notes on configuring an email system with Exim, PostgreSQL, Dovecot IMAP, SpamAssassin, ClamAV and greylisting.
AlteringProcessName: how to alter the names of processes on Linux.
ApacheSecurity: various methods for configuring Apache to run virtual hosts as separate users.
SamsungQ45: my laptop, and notes on the problems I ran into installing and using Linux on it.
DVD quality reviews: reviews of the picture quality and DRM present on the DVDs I buy.
PortableFilenamesOnWindows: how Microsoft make it painful to write portable programs that deal with filenames, and what to do about it.
WindowsInstallFromUSB: throw out your DVD drive!
DisableCapsLockIndicator from the Widcomm Bluetooth stack