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

  • SSH: to change port or not to change port

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    There are strong opinions on whether to run your SSH daemon on ports other than the default 22. On the pro side, the argument is that most automated tools only check port 22, so you reduce your exposure to random script kiddies by not running it there. That’s just security by obscurity say t

  • 2 new sites: nineties.website, Meerkats that look like Bruce Schneier

    2 new sites: nineties.website, Meerkats that look like Bruce Schneier cover image

    Today it rained most of the day. That, I suppose, is part of the joy of a British summer. The rainy weather conditions coupled with a rare non-work day allowed me to work on a couple of slightly silly websites that were rather fun to make and helped bring good cheer to my day._H_nineties.website_/

  • Review — Once upon a tree kingston redstreak cider

    Review — Once upon a tree kingston redstreak cider cover image

    Nor and I recently had a little daytrip out to Milletts Farm, which is a sort of strange family-friendly theme-farm/garden centre/petting zoo near Frilford, Oxfordshire where Nor used to go as a kid. Like any self-respecting farm shop, the one

  • July 2015 Reading

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    A well thought out book that covers ground from stats, to information and quantum theory, to computer science in an attempt to understand our information infrastructure and how it may evolve in the future. Burgess talks rather a lot about h

  • Cameron’s turd in the encryption punchbowl

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    In a week when it was revealed that GCHQ was illegally spying on Amnesty International, British Prime Minister David Cameron has added yet another turd to the increasingly shitty punchbowl of his vision of the future internet by proposing a ban on effective encryption. Last time Cameron said some

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