I like to systems.―Tom Nicol
Unix geek living in Palmerston North, New Zealand, and working for Inspire Net.
Sorry about the lack of SSL/TLS security on this website. I’m working on it. You should get my PGP public key using HKPS from one of the SKS keyservers. The link above directs there, but you’ll need to trust their certificate to avoid a browser warning.
All of the HTML pages on this site have a detached PGP signature available in ASCII format. For example, you can check this page from a Unix shell with cURL and GnuPG like so:
$ curl -O http://sanctum.geek.nz/index.html $ curl -O http://sanctum.geek.nz/index.html.asc $ gpg --verify index.html.asc index.html
I wrote a little more information about how I do this, for anyone interested.
I maintain a blog on Unix terminal tools called Arabesque. Its byline is “Systems, Tools, and Terminal Science”. People seem to like the Unix as IDE series and the Vim Koans.
In early 2013, my book Nagios Core Administrator’s Cookbook was published with Packt Publishing. It explains how to set up Nagios Core to solve various monitoring problems. It reviews pretty well on Amazon. I don’t have immediate plans to write more books.
I’ve released a little code on GitHub, but I’m not a particularly active open source coder just at the moment. My most-watched repository is the one I keep for my personal configuration files.
I used to work as a web developer, and this site used to be an attempt at a professional site for my contracting work. I do much more systems administration and writing work now, so most of it isn’t relevant anymore.