Matthew's Blog

Late one evening, I was having dinner with some vegan friends of mine at Comet Cafe in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Comet is a relatively punky-style small diner in the Lower East Side. We stopped in Milwaukee for dinner after spending about 16 hours on the road. The three of us had all rode together to a small vegan get-together in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Request Tracker: Automatically Set Ticket Owner to Specific User

Request Tracker is an insanely powerful ticketing system. I started using RT about 6 months ago, and I’ve been absolutely enjoying every hour of it. About 2 months ago, I used a guide on the RT Wiki titled AutoSetOwner to automatically set every new ticket’s owner to myself, on my personal hosted instance of RT. It works great!

Remove and Prevent Access to Shut Down Commands Except on my VMs

I would do anything in my power to prevent the accidental shutdown of a critical server. Unfortunately, Windows makes it really easy to accidentally shut down a computer.

Pleroma: admin-fe

I recently switched from Mastodon to Pleroma, for no real reason in specific other than: Pleroma is far less resource intensive. Setting up Pleroma was a breeze compared to setting up Mastodon–I remember having a great deal of trouble. I enjoy the simpler interface as well. While Pleroma doesn’t have all of the flashy features1 mastodon does, I don’t need or use them anyway.

  1. Mastodon 3.0 came out today, some of their new features include: 

Blog Updates

The blog got some visual updates! Most of the content is now a single column, with any meta information, like my bio and external links, are under the content.

Update: July 2019

While we’re a couple days into August already, a July status update is better late than never! Most of my July has been spent getting myself organized at my day job and assessing my workload after my coworker, whom previously shared my workload, left the company, leaving me as the sole Systems Engineer/IT “Help Desk”/Web Developer at my company. I wear a lot of hats, but so far the workload has been quite manageable.

Update: May 2019

It’s been a year and a half since starting this version of the blog. Behind the scenes, it’s been through a lot. Originally hosted on a Vultr VPS, this blog had been passed around to Linode, it had a long stay on a instance, and currently resides on a Linode instance again. As I host more and more things for myself and others, I’ve found I need to take more care into how much load another website might add, etc.

There Once Was a Sysadmin...

That sysadmin really enjoyed working on silly programs in his free time, he even runs a few websites! Oftentimes, this sysadmin is fairly surprised he has a real job as a Systems Engineer/Web Developer.

Security Self-Defense, presented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation

For awhile now, I’ve been aware of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (the EFF), and I make good use of a fair number of their projects. The following is not an exhaustive list:

Base64 Encoding in Python 3

Recently I’ve been working on a backup script to backup a folder to a Backblaze B2 bucket. If only I had known I was about to spend an hour working on four silly lines of python code…

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I'm a systems administrator, front-end and back-end developer, and an IT guru in Minneapolis, MN. It’s nice to meet you.