Anton McClure's Personal Home Page
Similarly to Richard Stallman,
Anton McClure likes computers, music and butterflies---among other
Coco Bean (may she rest in peace),
Survey of Basic Economics (First draft was the final submission)
For those who are interested, perpetually bored, or both, here are
some puns, haiku
and poetry that I have written over the
Presumed Coco Server
This is the latest in a line of shell servers that I have
administered. This machine is hosted in a datacenter, since I use
this domain for my e-mails. AT&T blocks port 25 on home users' lines,
and I am not sure if the business lines would be 1) available in my
area, and 2) able to be used for sending e-mails from a "home server".
This machine also provides various helpful resources and software, as
well as vital network infrastructure such as DNS, E-Mail, and NTP
Running your own servers (specifically ones that run free software) is
important if you want to limit how much of your data is sent to mass
I'm a maintainer of some of the software in the GNU operating system.
License information is available in the respective program's home
page. I have also done some other non-software volunteering for GNU
in the past.
For installation instructions, please see the program's INSTALL file.
For more information about the GNU project and OS, please see:
Free software is
software that comes with essential freedom as opposed to no cost. It
essentially means that everyone can have access to the source code
(what is needed to actually create and develop the program) and the
rights to use, study, modify, give, or sell copies.
Free software is even
important now, thanks to attempts to make nonfree software
required in order to accomplish simple tasks such as University
courses, even though it is still possible to
without using nonfree software, as demonstrated by Wojciech
Kosior. I plan on doing this myself at some point soon.
"Linux" is not an operating system, it is only a kernel and nothing
is the operating system. Please remember to call the operating
system by its real name.
Since 2021, I have written a series of free software scripts to
automate various processes. These include implementations of random
ideas, and scripts to automate things that I needed to get done at
some time. Nothing here is particularly useful at the moment, but
there is still likely some value in the software.
Contributing to my software projects.
- Contracted system
I do some contracted system administration work for people. I am
currently not actively seeking outside business, but you can still
contact me at asmcclure.com if you are able to offer a project that
will fascinate me.
"The Ultimate Sacrifice"
Expecting the worst has happened, management and their buddies make a
swift exit out of the nation, and the top remaining official messes up
greatly in his effort not to delay the rocket launch.
Technology Support Articles
A collection of tech support articles from 2020 onward that I had
lying around. A number of these were removed from the page since I
have stopped linking to nonfree software.
E-Mail addresses not to send anything to
A list of e-mail addresses on the domain names battleturnip.com and
ihave.presumed.net. They may or may not be honeypots, but there are a
number of bees flying aroung them. So, make sure to expect some
stings if you use these addresses!
A page with a simple HTML table that lists characters, morse code,
telephony, and phonic pronunciations for alphanumeric characters.
This page is simply a re-rendering of the FAA Phonetic and Morse Code
Chart into clear text. The original is
https://www.faa.gov/, and the specific image it was based on is
Breaking DRM on HD-DVDs
As an act of public service and civil disobedience, I am providing
resources to help with DVDs. General-purpose computer hardware
should not be a locked down "delivery pipe" for
Fridays for Future global events
That page is made by scraping Fridays for Future so you can get the
if they made the information on their own site accessible from the
Free World; then we could simply refer people to their site and do
without the scraping etc.
Based on Sam Kass's "Rock Paper Scissors Spock Lizard" and my
obsession with Half-Life. If I'm bored enough, I'll probably make
more of these.
Time is a world writable directory
Originally written in March of 2022, this draws perhaps nonexistent
comparisons between the way the world works and software/web updating
models such as using version control or an a+rwx directory.
Plain HTML is the best
This vaguely details that I prefer plain HTML over styled or
that contain light styling to them.
During my free time, I like working on projects, playing various
games, chatting, making and publishing music, biking, listening to
shortwave radio, using slow-scan television, trying new things,
volunteering for good people and/or causes, writing stories, and more.
If you know me and would like to be added to this list,
Sometimes people have asked questions about how I use software. Here
is some info on my computer use, inspired by Richard
https://milk.com/home/danfuzz/artsy/idkwijls.html was cribbed
since I felt dairy'ng enough to do so.
Anton McClure is an IT
Services technician and student at
the University of Akron, and a
card-carrying member of both
the Electronic Frontier Foundation
and the Free Software Foundation.
Richard Stallman's personal
RMS's polnotes from 22 April 2000 to today. Notes are separated in
periods of 4 months, with an overlap of two months between files.
Here is the rss feed.
The GNU Project
The GNU Operating System, founded by Richard Stallman on 27 Sep 1983,
with the goal of a fully free operating system. Keep in mind that
GNU's not UNIX.
The Free Software Foundation
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded by Richard Stallman on 4
Oct 1985, to support the free software movement. Its current
President is Geoffrey Knauth
and Executive Director
The University of Akron
A research university in Akron, Ohio, USA, and my alma mater. We
yesterday's challenges tomorrow!
The chiark home page
A sinister cabal of the Green End Organization. It very much inspired
me to run a private shell server myself.
The Green End Organisation's home
Sinister and dedicated to the overthrowing of something-or-other.
Alas, the age of the server is stuck at sixteen if I have LibreJS
turned on, as the script used to calculate the date is blocked as
A web site in support of Richard Stallman against the campaign of
hatred started by Selam J. Gano.
accusations included a number of misunderstandings and mistakes. She
acknowledged that she made a mistake, but refused to correct her
original inaccurate post. She also got the press to copy+paste her
article without checking the facts, and they have not issued proper
U.S. Senate contact info (PDF)
I have read questions online where a person would have asked how to
contact per congresscritters. Fortunately, the senate provides a
searchable PDF document. If this breaks in the future, I'll attempt
to scrape the page(s), as I'm already doing with Fridays for Future.
U.S. House contact
I have read questions online where a person would have asked how to
contact per congresscritters. Unlike the Senate though, the House of
Representatives makes you use a web page with
that LibreJS blocks
for me. The link still worked without those scripts. If this breaks
in the future, I'll attempt to scrape the page(s), as I'm already
doing with Fridays for Future.
He has administered servers since 2014, typically
compliant operating systems such
and FreeBSD, along
Windows Server in the past. A good example of one of these machines
is the private shell account server on
currently works at the University of Akron's Information Technology
Services with the IT User Services team. He also attends classes
towards a Bachelor's of Science
in Computer Information
Systems, and has previously completed the requirements for an
Associate of Applied Business, also in Computer Information Systems.
McClure has also volunteered to maintain different web sites and
utilities. Some of the HTML and software code he has written runs on
several web sites ranging from the top 20,000 to the top 100. McClure
plans to continue making further contributions to some of web sites
and servers for the foreseeable future. He has also worked with
several people from the Free Software Foundation, the GNU project,
among other free software organizations and supporters, and plans to
continue doing so.
If you've contacted in one way, please give some me time to read the
message and possibly respond before you attempt to use a different
method, unless it is absolutely necessary.
If you sent me an e-mail and I haven't responded, there is a number of
reasons why this may have happened.
+1 (425) 256-7515 (answered by
firstname.lastname@example.org (best way
to reach me)
(university mail only)
Available to friends and others as deemed necessary.
I do not take unsolicited outside mail at work.
The most likely ones are that I either did respond but your system
bounced due to a malconfigured spam filter, or I did not consider a
response to be necessary. Either of our servers may have blocked the
message for a number of reasons. If you are a friend, and you tried
e-mailing me multiple times, it may be an issue with one of our
Message Transfer Agents (MTAs). Checking the mail log files in
/var/log/ should give sufficient information on what is going wrong in
Your e-mail messages should be sent either in English or with an
English translation provided, written to the best of your ability. If
I cannot read or understand your e-mail, I will not reply. While I do
know people who can translate languages such as Spanish, German,
Italian, French, Japanese, and Portuguese, among others, using this
option will not be ideal for communications that involve sensitive
information. Naturally, perse will understand what you wrote.
If you administer your own e-mail server, ensure that your machine can
both send messages to and receive messages from 22.214.171.124 or
2604:2dc0:100:380e:: (coco.presumed.net). If someone else administers
the e-mail server for you, ask that person to ensure messages can be
sent and received. This may resolve most issues that would be on your
end. There is also the chance that I did receive your e-mail, was
able to read it, and I was able to reply, but I just chose not to do
so. Keep in mind that nobody is required to reply to every message
Better yet: if your ISP or mailing service provider blocks this
server's IP or domain, consider asking your ISP to stop blocking us on
your account. To quote John
Gilmore, a co-founder of
the Electronic Frontier Foundation
and the source I cribbed this section from, "Don't just let them put
in an exception for mail from me. Get them to take off the blacklist
on your incoming mail. It is usually hard -- but worth it. Who else's
emails are you missing? Some of us figured out in the 1950s that
blacklists were a bad idea."
Anton McClure /
Last modified: Tue Feb 27 02:50:11 EST 2024