Technical Articles by Myself

FB Crypto Scam - Scammers faking the FB profile of the hard-working Vivek Gite of nixCraft fame1st Nov 2022
NOW TV won't pause - anecdotal information about how I fixed the Pause feature on my NOW TV stick8th Nov 2021
Drunk Explanation of TCP and HTTP - alternative answer to a tired interview question14th June 2020
Coronavirus and Bluetooth - Suggestions for how contact tracing can be done without violating privacy or security1st May 2020
Daily Fail - How to stop yourself accidentally clicking on a 'Daily Mail' article.30 August 2018
Halt and Catch Fire - A rant about IP addresses and Domain Names used in broadcast TV programmes.07 March 2018
Shellshock - A Worked Example26 Sep 2014
Solaris pkgtrans20 Dec 2007
Linux Encrypted Filesystems with LUKS20 Oct 2007
Reverse Engineering the MS Publisher File FormatApril-June 2007
Solaris as a Virtual Machine under WindowsApril 2007
The futility of ID Cards April 2007
Password Advice and Password Generator Jan 2007
Gimp Transparency Dec 2006
WebHosting - Diary of a WebsiteMay 2005
Solaris Zones2005
Solaris LiveUpgrade 2005
Ownership of Music2005
Lego - Lego: An Analogy of Free Software2001
God - How can you take that seriously?!2000



Not yet written up - Please do nudge me and remind me to write up some of the crazy things I've seen in my years in the IT industry.

I should probably start writing some of them down before I forget the details in my old age. Not least the £27m project which was scarpped after 9 months and replaced by an Excel spreadsheet on a headless PC shoved under somebody's desk for 90% of the planned functionality. Or the three-day-stint in a datacentre in East Anglia without seeing daylight. Or the cutting-edge 1Tb storage solution, taking up over 15 cubic metres, which took over an hour to boot back in the year 2000

Walks, Holidays, etc

Not technical articles, but writeups of walks, collections of photos, etc.

The Three Peaks of Cheshire - A writeup of a walk in Cheshire, England.23 July 2017
Photography - A page for my photography.June 2019
Loch Lomond - A holiday in Scotland, 2019.June 2019
Shutlingsloe - A walk up Shutlingsloe, July 2019.13 July 2019

Articles by Others

Telegraph claiming that "Britain is now an elite dictatorship where majority opinions are crushed" after 13 years of Tory rule, from the Telegraph
Nelson Pit Walks, from Cheshire East Council
Converting a UNIX .COM Site to Windows - Old Microsoft internal whitepaper. See also

Linux Kernel Management Style - Good advice for all managers of technical teams.

Free Software, Free Society - Selected Essays of Richard M Stallman (PDF)

Open Sources - Voices from the Open Source software revolution

In the Beginning was the Command Line (Neal Stephenson)

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