Anton McClure's Personal Home Page

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

Personal interests

Religion, University, Coco Bean (may she rest in peace), Politics, Physics, Math, Space, Chess, Cats, Computers, Computing freedoms, FabRadio.

Some projects

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 services.

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 surveillance systems.

Free software
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: www.gnu.org.

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 more 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 graduate 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 more. "GNU/Linux" 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 administration work
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.

Undergraduate papers

Survey of Basic Economics (First draft was the final submission)

Some humor

For those who are interested, perpetually bored, or both, here are some puns, haiku and poetry that I have written over the years.

Various stories

"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.

Useful resources

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!

Phonetic alphabet
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 at https://www.faa.gov/, and the specific image it was based on is at https://commons.wikimedia.org/.

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 "content".

Fridays for Future global events
That page is made by scraping Fridays for Future so you can get the information without running any JavaScript code. I would be very glad 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.

Some thoughts

Rock-Paper-Scissors replacement
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 JavaScript heavy web pages, but that I'm still okay with using pages that contain light styling to them.

Curiosities and information

Computing info
Sometimes people have asked questions about how I use software. Here is some info on my computer use, inspired by Richard Stallman's computer info page.

IDKWIJLS "PT"
The phrase at https://milk.com/home/danfuzz/artsy/idkwijls.html was cribbed since I felt dairy'ng enough to do so.

In my free time

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.

People I know

If you know me and would like to be added to this list, e-mail me!

Other web sites of interest

Richard Stallman's personal political notes
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 is Zoë Kooyman.

The University of Akron
A research university in Akron, Ohio, USA, and my alma mater. We are meeting 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 page
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 nontrivial.

Stallman Support
A web site in support of Richard Stallman against the campaign of hatred started by Selam J. Gano. Her debunked 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 corrections.

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 info (HTML)
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 many nonfree scripts 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.

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 coco.presumed.net. 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 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 Anton McClure

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.
Telephone:
+1 (425) 256-7515 (answered by arrangement only)
E-Mail:
anton@presumed.net (best way to reach me)
asm135@uakron.edu (university mail only)
PGP/GPG:
Key information
Mail:
Available to friends and others as deemed necessary.
Work:
I do not take unsolicited outside mail at work.

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 135.148.100.14 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 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."


Anton McClure / anton@presumed.net
Last modified: Tue Feb 27 02:50:11 EST 2024