I’m Tom Ryder, a systems administrator and programmer living in New Zealand.

On this blog I post articles on systems administration and programming, particularly where it relates to my interests in Unix, GNU/Linux, shell scripting, C, Perl, Vim, Git, or whatever else takes my interest from a technical bent. A favorite topic is using command-line tools effectively and efficiently.

All of the content on this blog is my personal opinion, and in no way reflects those of my employers or clients, past or present.


The best way to contact me is by email at tom@sanctum.geek.nz. My PGP key fingerprint is FA09 C06E 1B67 0CD0 B2F5 DE60 C142 86EA 77BB 8872.

The second-best way to contact me is on freenode IRC, username tejr.

You can also follow me on Mastodon @tejr@mastodon.sdf.org or Twitter @tejrnz.