Last updated: Mon Oct 15 08:57:58 UTC 2018
Systems administrator, programmer, and technical writer living in New Zealand.
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My CV/resumé including other contact details is available by email request. I’m currently employed full-time.
In September 2018, my Bash Quick Start Guide was published with Packt Publishing. It’s a crash course in writing and reading Bash and POSIX-fearing shell script in general. The aim of the book is to demystify shell and make it pleasant and expressive to write.
Ryder, Tom. Bash Quick Start Guide. Birmingham: Packt Publishing, Limited, 2018. Print. ISBN: 978-1-78953-883-0.
In February 2016, the second edition of 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. The first edition from 2013 reviews pretty well on Amazon.
I maintain a blog called Arabesque, with posts mostly about Unix command line tools. Its byline is
Systems, Tools, and Terminal Science. There are reader translations and e-book compilations of many of the articles around the web. Posts have featured in magazines such as BSD Magazine and the now-defunct Hacker Monthly.
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I write a lot of Nagios monitoring plugins. I have published a few of them as user tejr on exchange.nagios.org. I also write a fair bit of VimL for the text editor Vim, mostly just for fun; I publish plugins, filetype plugins, and colorschemes as tejr on vim.org.
Here’s a list of some of the more interesting/useful/complete projects:
crypt(3)for quick prototyping on the command line.
.lrcformat for currently playing songs in Music Player Daemon.
ndiff(1)program included with the Nmap suite.
I have most experience on Debian GNU/Linux and its workalikes, but can work on pretty much any Unix-like operating system. I’m fond of OpenBSD.
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I’ve made some presentations to the Palmerston North Linux Users Group, for which I act as Secretary:
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BSD Magazine’s February 2017 issue includes an interview with me alongside an Arabesque article. The interview content without a paywall is available courtesy of the editor.
There’s also an an email interview with me from 2015 about text editor usage patterns on How I Vim.