Anton McClure's Personal Home Page

Similarly to Richard Stallman, Anton McClure likes computers, music and butterflies---among other things.

Professional Biography

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.

He has administered servers since 2014, typically using free software POSIX compliant operating systems such as GNU/Linux and FreeBSD, along with Microsoft Windows Server in the past. A good example of one of these machines is the private shell account server on He 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 is also the maintainer of GNUtrition, a free nutrition analysis software written for the GNU operating system. 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.

Curriculum Vitæ

Contacting Me

If e-mail messages from me appear blank on Microsoft Outlook: I sign my outgoing e-mails with GPG. Unfortunately, Outlook will display my responses as an attachment rather than the message of the e-mail. At this time, I am not aware of other clients exhibiting this kind of behavior.
+1 (425) 256-7515 (answered by arrangement only)
E-Mail: (best way to reach me) (university mail only)
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Available to friends and others as deemed necessary
I do not take unsolicited outside mail at work

Personal Interests

Religion, University, Coco Bean (may she rest in peace), Politics, Physics, Math, Space, Chess, Cats, Computers, FabRadio, NetBSD, Trisquel GNU/Linux.

Personal Projects

Free Software

A free nutrition analysis software written for the GNU operating system. The US Department of Agriculture, Nutrient Database of Standard Reference is used as the source of food nutrient information. It is also a part of the GNU operating system.

Mega Millions
A lottery game that is offered in multiple states in the United States of America. The program offered here is a rather simple numbers generator that uses the number ranges that were available on a lottery card bought in Ohio.

Missing Link
A small PERL(1) script that can check HTML files for empty HREF attributes. It was first made to be ran as a cron job to look for missing links in pol notes (hence the name).

A small PERL(1) script that generates random passwords. It was first made to generate passwords for when Anton had to reset user passwords as a part of his assigned duties at work.

A small PERL(1) script that converts text and numbers to how they will be phonetically generated. It was first made to simplify reading strings of text phonetically while doing phone support.

Users List
A CSH(1) script to automatically create a user list for multi-user POSIX systems. It uses the GECOS fields to get the user's full name, and a .userlist file so that a user can indicate whether per account should be listed.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Before You Contact Me

If you are commenting about an issue on my web site, your feedback is welcome. Your message should include the URL or group of URLs that you are referring to. It is not always clear when simply describing page contents on its own.

If you are contacting me due to an issue on a URL that does not begin with but it is from another user or page on, you will want to contact that user instead. If it is not a user page, or not on, you will want to contact the webmaster of the specific server, typically using e-mail messages. The webmaster e-mail addresses are typically going to be in a format such as

If you wish to send me a confidential message, you do not want to use e-mail, phone calls, or any other digital form for that matter. Digital communications are never truly going to be private, and multiple third-parties can always access the messages. End-to-end encryption is also worthless when there are backdoors into those encryption mechanisms.

If you are from the University of Akron, use your,, or, unless we have already spoken enough times, and you've shared your personal or other professional e-mail address with me in person.

Why I'm Not Answering Your E-Mail

If you sent me an e-mail and I haven't responded, there is a number of reasons why this may have happened.

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 most cases.

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 or 2604:2dc0:100:380e:: ( 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 they get.

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."

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Last modified: Sat Apr 13 11:03:26 EDT 2024