Pinebook Pro, The Ultimate ARM Laptop

I recently got my Pinebook Pro. It was more expensive than I was expecting, coming in at (including shipping and handling) C$335. I always forget the exchange rate and assume it’s similar to the U.S. dollar, but it never is, haha! Anyway, this is just my first impressions and what I did to fix a few issues.

UEFI Development On x86 With EDK2

I made this blog so I could remember how to do stuff that had instructions spread around the internet. So here is how I setup my environment for developing EFI applications.

Lichess Accessibility

I wanted to play chess with somebody who used a screen reader, without requiring a screen reader myself; some sites, like QuintenC’s Playroom have a rather poor visual interface for anyone who would like the play the game visually. Lichess is an free and open-source website for chess players; it bridges this gap by having two “modes” on the site: standard mode and accessibility mode.

Orca, Emacspeak and Chromium Accessibility on A Raspberry Pi Running Manjaro ARM

I wanted to get a gift for my blind friend who has been interested in learning Linux for a while now. Just when I was about to start looking for something I decided to take a look at Brian Lunduke’s newest video featuring the Raspberry Pi 400. The Raspberry Pi 400 has come full circle in terms of computing. It is a keyboard. All the computing is done from within the keyboard. Much like the Comodore64, this computer comes without a screen but is still technically fully functional without one. I had my ‘Aha!’ moment, and decided that the Raspberry Pi 400 would be a very cool present.


Curiosity is fundamental to a deep understanding of any subject. Masters, Ph.Ds, and other fancy name suffixes will never help you if you don’t have the spirit of curiosity burning inside of you.

Minesweeper Bomb Generation And Tile Revealing

When I was creating a little Minesweeper game, I got confused at some points. My bomb generation didn’t look quite right, and I for sure didn’t quite get the whole cascading tile reveal thing. With a bit of internet research, I found what I was looking for. I’ll explain it all in one place for my own research purposes.

How to Solve The Django Deployment Puzzle

A few days ago I had a Django project I wanted to put on a real server. This project is still in its infancy, but I thought it would be nice to put it on my resume and show my friends. Little did I know the headache coming my way. Here are some tips to help you not make the same mistakes as me.

BSD Journey, Part 1

As Linux becomes controlled by corporate sponsors and becomes more full of proprietary blobs, drivers, and even closed-source software like Steam, One may wonder if there are other options out there. For me, somebody that is intensely interested in security, there is one option: OpenBSD.

Know How Your Representative Votes In Parliament

As an advocate for openness, I had an idea to make a project out of the government of Canada’s Open Data initiative to take a look at how my local MP voted on various pieces of legislation. It turns out though that this was not necessary due to how easy it was to find this information on the government’s own website. In this article, I will explain how you can do the same.

Installing MultiCraft on Gentoo Linux

In a very odd combination of requirements, I needed to install MultiCraft on a Gentoo Linux system. The PHP USE flags are important so you don’t have to recompile it three times like I did.


“When given a choice between independence and dependence, always choose independence; you will never regret that choice!”—Luke Smith

How to use tmux to send and receive things from your Minecraft server

So recently I had problem. I run a Minecraft server on a big Linux computer I have running in my room. Now, as a system administrator it is very helpful to be able to run some simple commands without needing to login with my key, password, TFA, etc. It is, frankly, a lot of work. Especially when I really just want to be playing games but I just need to check something quickly.

Site Update

I updated the site with some easier to identify information about me and my projects :)

New Game: Clue (coming soon)

Ooo! Exciting! Today I want to announce a new project I’ll be working on which should be live within the month of May: Clue.

What is XSS?

I found a cross-site scripting (XSS) attack in a well-known quiz hosting website. I disclosed the vulnerability to them years ago, so I thought now might be a good time to write about it.

How To Encrypt Your Own Documents Using gpg

If you have ever wanted to garuntee the utmost security of your emails and documents, then this is the guide for you! It should be noted that in some circles the tools used are more common than in others. These are the everyday tools of many privacy advocates and computer nerds.

How Does Encryption Work, in Theory?

There are many kinds of encryption used in our everyday communication. Online and offline, over the internet and in person. In this article, I will explain the basics of how encryption should work in theory. I explain in this article why encryption is important, and why you should care about it.

Is Encryption Worth It?

What is the most embarassing thing you have typed into Google search? What is the most personal secret you told a friend in confidence? What is your bank password? What is your business’s secret to stay ahead of the competition?

Padding And Margin

Many people have expressed confusion over how padding and margins work in HTML/CSS. I have been one of those people. In this short article I will explain what the differences are between the two, and how it may affect the functionality of your site.