Systems administrator and programmer living in New Zealand.
Please email me if you’d like a listing of work experience including my current employer.
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.
Some popular articles:
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 reviews pretty well on Amazon.
I’m particularly interested in C, Perl, and Unix shell script programming, especially for the purposes of automation, reporting, and monitoring. I write a lot of Perl 5, and have recently been exploring its newer “sister language”, Perl 6.
I publish code on my cgit instance. It varies a lot in usefulness and seriousness. Here’s a list of some of the more interesting/useful/complete projects:
cron(8)tasks to encrypt
gpg(1)before sending to the
crypt(3)for quick prototyping on the command line.
.lrcformat) for currently playing songs in Music Player Daemon to
ndiff(1)program included with the Nmap suite.
I made a few presentations to the Palmerston North Linux Users Group:
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I’ve contributed small patches to dodo, ngIRCd, tmux, and Vim.
My public key is available here, over what should be a secure TLS connection in modern browsers:
pub 4096R/0xC14286EA77BB8872 2013-03-12 [expires: 2018-01-02] Key fingerprint = FA09 C06E 1B67 0CD0 B2F5 DE60 C142 86EA 77BB 8872 uid [ultimate] Thomas Ryder (tyrmored, tejr) <email@example.com> sub 4096R/0x96C2CD91E67AC61D 2013-03-12 [expires: 2018-01-02] sub 4096R/0xB5AF5F8925926609 2013-03-12 [expires: 2018-01-02]
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 https://sanctum.geek.nz/index.html $ curl -O https://sanctum.geek.nz/index.html.asc $ gpg --verify index.html.asc index.html