Adding Moxie to your Servers

It is not an unusual occurrence for me to join a project that is already underway. In most of the projects I work on there are one or more network accessible services and one or more front ends. Each of the services and front ends are often the responsibility of ...

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Simple IPTables Tricks

Securing your linux system using iptables can be a daunting task. There are some utilities that can help, but when it comes to security a deep understanding is often very useful. Fundamentally, iptables are lists of rules, executed in order, to determine if a packet should be accepted, dropped, or ...

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Time is a Slippery Thing

Two years ago a friend of mine died. It struck me hard at the time, and I ended up writing this about a year later, however I haven't really shared in until now.

Time is a slippery thing. It seems like only yesterday we were all in that house ...

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I'm the Professor!

It's been about 3 years since I taught my last class, and 2 years since I resigned from the University. Although there have been a number of ups and downs since then, I have not regretted the decision to leave academia, though I miss teaching and the whole idea ...

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Whispers in the Dark

A long time ago, when blogs were a thing, I made a script that pulled random snippets from random blogs and ran them together into one long and strange blog entry. I decided to resurrect that idea, only this time with tweets. I put together a quick prototype that pulls ...

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Voter Turnout for California

I, along with approximately one third of eligible California voters, decided to vote yesterday. I am not particularly interested in a high voter turnout. I believe people who are pressured to vote because of "get out the vote" campaigns only end up diluting researched opinions with random noise.

One thing ...

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Playa Events for the Watchless Adventurer

Burning Man is coming up, and unfortunately I wont be attending this year. However, over the past few years I have found that part of what I enjoy about Burning Man is being free of schedules. I have also found, however, that I occasionally want to go to a scheduled ...

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