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Stig's Soap Box

This is my personal website. There are many like it, but this one is mine. Sometimes I blog because I have something to say, sometimes it's just to practice writing. It used to be that most articles were tech related, but I think that ship has sailed now. Anything goes really.

Below is a full list of articles, in reverse chronological order. I also maintain a separate concept index.


Managing AWS Route 53 with CloudFormation

In which I delegate DNS from Gandi to AWS Route 53, and learn how to configure Route 53 with CloudFormation & Sceptre.

Adding SSL to this Blog

I outline the steps I plan to take to add SSL to this blog, leveraging AWS Certificate Manager, CloudFront, S3 and Route 53. (And potentially CloudFormation.)

Blogging with Org mode—update

A short experience report about blogging with Org mode.

Potter Coding Dojo in Clojure

Detailing my trials and tribulations with the "Potter" coding dojo problem, with code examples in Clojure.

N Queens in Clojure

Solving the problem of putting N Queens on an N by N chess board without them being able to threaten eachother.

Electoral Reform Now!

I try to show how unjust the First Past the Post system used to elect MPs in UK General Elections is.

Blogging with Org Mode

I describe how—and why—I changed from blogging using Markdown & Jekyll to using Org mode.

Open Letter to Anne Marie MP

I ask how the Conservatives can say they are "working for everyone" whilst giving extra tax breaks and benefits to the 15% of top earners, and at the same time cutting benefits for the poor.

Hydra Theme Switcher For Emacs

I learnt how to quickly switch between all installed themes in Emacs.


How I Blog (This Week)

I share my Emacs & Org-mode setup for blogging with Jekyll.

Berwick Academy STEM Talk

I went to a local school and talked to prospective computer science students there about my education and career. This is a transcript of my talk, which was organised by STEMNET.


Breakdown of my Tweetable FizzBuzz created using sed and xargs.

Change Terminal background colour on OS X via ssh

I show how to change colours automatically when logging into certain remote machines via SSH.

Setting up Leafnode NNTP server on OS X

I set up the Leafnode NNTP server on OS X, for use with Emacs and the Gnus newsreader.

Overcoming RSI

Early 2005 I encountered a bad bout of RSI. Prompted by a comment on the Lobsters forum, I thought I'd share my experience.

ModSecurity and Puppet Spelunking

In which I investigate how to configure SecAuditLogParts for ModSecurity with Puppet, and find I have to contribute a patch to make it possible.












Author: Stig Brautaset