Author: AndrewL

I’m a Linux Administrator for a web hosting company near Dallas, TX. For my first job I worked as a computer technician at CompUSA, then when they closed I moved over to Best Buy. Luckily I was able to get a job doing as a Level 1 Tech for a web hosting company. I moved up through the ranks and now I’m an admin.

I use to play EVE-Online and was known as Andrew Gunn, I even got to fly up to Iceland to be a commentator for one of the Alliance Tournaments.

Lately I’ve spent my free time working on my personal business, which does consulting, hosting, web design, custom application development and soon gameserver hosting.

Please, follow me on Twitter. Or send me a message on AIM, my screen name is “aceat644″.

“Smart” Guns – Dangerously Dumb

Recently on NerdAbsurd we discussed “Smart” guns, in which I took up the task of refute the an article on Slate.com written by Farhad Manjoo. When Virginia first sent me a link to the article asking my opinion, I knew I would have more than a…

Conversation with a Spam Bot

Today, while I was working on the inventory system for the Dallas Makerspace I received a message from an unknown person via AIM. This is not an unusual event for me since I have had the same AIM screen name for over a decade,…

Dallas Makerspace Open House

A while back I became a member of the Dallas Makerspace, which is basically the only hackerspace in the Dallas area. I met a lot of cool people and now I have access to a lot of really cool tools…

Compiling Bitcoin on Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid)

In case you don’t know, Bitcoin is a decentralized crypto-currency or as the site says a “peer-to-peer network based digital currency”. While most people have been content to use the pre-compiled binaries available, some of us prefer to compile the…

Firefox 3.5: Impatiently Waiting

In case you have been living under a rock, Firefox 3.5 came out today (well technically yesterday). I’ve noticed a lot of people wondering how they can get it running smoothly on Ubuntu. Never fear, after much trial and error…

Tweaking Nagios For Performance

The company I work for has about 3,000 servers that need to be monitored in our Dallas datacenter. For the past few years we’ve been using a fairly standard Nagios setup. If you don’t take the time to really learn…