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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 prgmr.com 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 a while 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 back up 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…

Block Sponsored Posts on Nextdoor with Pi-hole

I occasionally use Nextdoor to list items for sale, or to see what’s going on in my neighborhood and surrounding area. I have to say, I like Nextdoor since it allows me to connect with my neighbors in a relatively locked-down place, even though I’m sure most of them are in local Facebook groups already.

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