Patrick McDonough

I'm a sysadmin and this is my site. Posts are added irregularly and without assurance of quality or meaning. Everything here is primarily for my own use, but you are welcome to browse them.

If you'd like, you can send me an email at This address changes regularly to avoid webscraper spam. I'm not looking for a new job right now, so please don't email me if you're a recruiter.

Posts I've written can be found below, starting with the most recent at the top.

Blog Posts

[2024-03-16] Airplay 2 is annoying me
[2024-02-12] Alternative Date/Time Systems
[2024-01-27] Knowledge Management
[2024-01-18] Apple TV for Music
[2024-01-10] LTO Tapes

Posts from 2023

[2023-12-24] Revisiting HAMMER2
[2023-09-14] DragonflyBSD and NVMM and HAMMER2
[2023-09-03] Rewriting the site
[2023-07-11] Nokia 110 4G MITM (Opera Mini)
[2023-07-08] Scraping Twitter with Ruby
[2023-04-16] Home Cooking
[2023-04-10] Sailfish
[2023-03-21] Snaps
[2023-03-01] Musescore and COB
[2023-01-20] 9P and VOIP

Posts from 2022

[2022-11-26] Unikernels
[2022-11-20] Thinkpad X13 Gen 2 (AMD)
[2022-08-18] Python Nitter/DeepL/Misskey Glue
[2022-07-19] Binning the RPI
[2022-06-01] Microcontrollers
[2022-05-21] Music

Posts from 2021

[2021-03-31] MNT Reform (Part 0)
[2021-03-24] Richard Stallman
[2021-03-12] “System Administrator”
[2021-03-08] Kubernetes Core Components
[2021-03-07] Poem: The Saint and His Shrine
[2021-03-01] Stateful Monitoring, netps
[2021-02-25] Why Fax?
[2021-02-18] Things I didn't know were in Ruby
[2021-02-16] Batch execution
[2021-01-11] Response to Lessons from an on-call experience
[2021-01-03] Youtube stream yanking

Posts from 2020

[2020-12-23] Hosting
[2020-12-19] Replacing sblg with lowdown and script
[2020-10-17] Shared state and lmdb
[2020-09-08] Mario 64 on DragonflyBSD
[2020-09-07] Virtual UKNOF September 2020
[2020-09-05] DragonflyBSD on a Macbook Air 2017 (Part 3)
[2020-07-14] Games on Dragonfly BSD (Part 1)
[2020-07-09] Emacs Keybindings
[2020-07-05] Dragonfly BSD on Macbook Air 2017 (Part 2)
[2020-07-03] Metal as a Service
[2020-07-01] Yggdrasil Network
[2020-06-29] Dragonfly BSD on Macbook Air 2017 (Part 1)


I sometimes write little stories that are told as a series of vignettes. The image for each scene is static, and the music is often a few bars in length. Interact with the image to start the music.

Mines of Cob

At the request of the Wizard, the Knights send a scutifer to the mines of Cob to retrieve an artefact.

[scene 0] Wizard's Tower
[scene 1] Order
[scene 2] Road
[scene 3] Fire
[scene 4] Ladder
[scene 5] Door
[scene 6] Flight
[scene 7] Mortis

The Kozai BBS Murders

A detective investigates murders linked to an astronomy bulletin board system.

[scene 0] Transmission
[scene 1] Future Detective
[scene 2] Ten Twenty-Three
[scene 3] Radio Chatter
[scene 4] Sketchy Tip
[scene 5] Ten Twenty-Three (and a half)


Finally, I maintain a number of miscellaneous pages.

Recommended Online Stores
Incense Reviews
Tea Reviews