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techy tangents and general life chatter from a tired sysadmin.

On encryption and jails

It was reported recently that Let's Encrypt had recently launched their private beta. As someone who does their best to ensure encryption is as widely-available as possible, I was excited.


New site, fantastically perl-y, because why not

Oops, and then I didn't have a blog for a few months. I pulled down my old blog (formerly located at, partially the .scot TLD launched and I wanted to move to as soon as possible, and partially because I wanted a blog system I was happier working with (The old blog was dotClear-based, and hosted at Gandi because it was a free addon and I was lazy. I'd looked around for a while to see what blogging systems I could try out, but I didn't want to go near Wordpress and none of the other systems really appealed to me. Some friends suggested I try Jekyll, but I couldn't really grok that; I also found Dapper online, but as far as static-site platforms go it wasn't the best for a blog. So I wrote my own.


Gone, but not forgotten

Just a short post today.


Why I never (or rarely) place phone calls

If I want or need to contact someone, typically the first thing I check is my instant messenger. I use Trillian, which keeps me logged into every IM service I use regularly (AIM, MSN and Gtalk). I also log into Skype on it if I need to. If the person I want to talk to isn't online or available there, I check Steam. If they're not available there, I text them. If I don't have their number or something, I message them on Facebook.


Why I love lighttpd

It's a well-known fact that I absolutely adore lighttpd. Why, you ask?