Patrick McDonough

I’m a sysadmin and this is my blog. Posts are added irregularly, and available over http and gemini. I also serve the site over HTTP and HTTPS on the yggdrasil network, although this uses CACert as its HTTPS CA.

If you’d like to get in touch, you can send me an email at This address changes regularly to avoid webscraper spam.

My little projects can be found on Sourcehut

And greenhouse sensor readings from the Pi Pico can be found here

Posts I’ve written can be found below, starting with the most recent at the top. Below those posts you’ll find something completely different. These are posts on subjects of a non-technical nature.

Posts from 2022

[2022-03-09] Small Tools

[2022-01-29] Time Management for System Administrators

Posts from 2021

[2021-12-04] An evening with Guix

[2021-09-06] The Kobo Libra H2O

[2021-08-03] Thoughts on Matrix

[2021-05-31] Kubernetes (Part 2) - Deployments (et al.)

[2021-05-27] SLA Printing

[2021-05-15] MNT Reform (Part 1)

[2021-04-15] UKNOF 47

[2021-03-31] MNT Reform (Part 0)

[2021-03-24] Richard Stallman

[2021-03-12] “System Administrator”

[2021-03-08] Kubernetes (Part 1)

[2021-03-01] Stateful Monitoring, netps

[2021-02-25] Why Fax?

[2021-02-18] Interesting Ruby (Part 1)

[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)

Something completely different

[2022-01-05] Final Fantasy XI and Mixtapes

[2021-03-07] Poem: The Saint and His Shrine