Charlie Harvey

What’s all this then?

My name is Charlie Harvey and this is my website. I like computer geekery, drinking cider and trying to overthrow capitalism. I seem to be doing rather better with the first two.

Sometimes I make things like the Daily Mail story generator, sometimes I blog and sometimes I just stare blankly into space.

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Recent blogs

  • How to make an adblocker with BIND and Apache on Debian

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    There are a few approaches to blocking ads. Adblock Plus seems to have become the most popular. It uses Firefox’s content policies interface and you can read more about how Adblock plus works on the FAQ.I have been playing around this week with another approach to Ad blocking, which is

  • Font of the month: EB Garamond

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    This month I have gone for a font which revives Claude Garamont’s 16th century humanist typeface. There have been many variants of Garamond, but not many high quality versions that are free software — URW++ Garamond No. 8 is open source but doesn’t quite rate as free software b

  • Javascript: the weird parts

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    Javascript. Love it or hate it it seems to have become the defacto virtual machine of the internet that Java was supposed to be. And it is odd. Like properly odd. This is a short collection of some weird things that I have noticed about it. I keep a little list of these by my desk fo

  • Vim macro: Sort aliases into alphabetical order with a macro

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    When I administer mail servers, I often use the aliases functionality to set up email groups and forwards. I find it very convenient to have everything in a single file. One thing that I don't like is keeping all the names in alphabetical order. While doing so might seeem like something from the

  • August 2014 Reading

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    The Rhesus Chart, by Charles Stross I am an huge Charles Stross fan. So when I saw the latest installment of the Laundry series in Blackwells, I had to pick it up. The story's hero is an applied computational demonologist in the bureauc

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