About Me

Aloha, I'm Rick Trotter and I'm an old-school hacker, a DevOp practitioner ( systems engineer focued on infrastructure as code ) from the Northeast of England.
I've worked in a range of areas over the years ( check out my LinkedIn profile ) with a number of very successful projects to my name.

Available for hire!

I'm currently working as a DevOp practitioner in a Server Reliability Engineer ( SRE ) role in Teesside.

Over the course of my career I've been involved in many areas of the IT Industry and would be interested to move into an incubator management or network security team role.

Interested in hiring me to work at your company? Contact rick (AT) with your job offer or to start a discussion. Sensible offers considered, timewasting recruiters will be ignored.

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Latest posts from my tech blog...

Uncomplicated Firewall
In round 2 of the "things I should probably write down that I do" here's one on setting up some simple access control rules in the linux firewall.
UFW is a simple frontend for Linux systems for quick and easy control over inbound and outbound firewall rules. Uncomplicated Firewall

Proton Pack Build
One of those items I have on my wish list of "things to build" has always been a proton pack from Ghostbusters. I loved the original packs from the 80's, the concept of it and the prop work was just wonderful.
Proton Pack Build

Basic Security
Another one of those items you suddenly think "I should maybe document what I do..." A quick run-down of several of the items that I do when setting up a new system of my own that are maybe useful for helping to secure your own systems if you're slinging them on the Internet or a work-based network.
Basic Security

OpenVPN Quick Setup
Until the death of a motherboard fairly recently I had an SSH tunnel setup to connect to my home network for the purposes of accessing data, checking cameras and solving issues for the family remotely. This week I carved some time out to set up the remote connection again after having rejigged the network the other week.
OpenVPN Quick Setup

Plex Media Server and NAS SMB Mount
Until recently I struggled along with Plex Media Server running on an underpowered Synology NAS unit. Whilst it worked for files of a certain encoding, it had significant issues trying to transcode on the fly. Rather than have to try and re-encode the DVD's I'd started to digitise from my collection I figured I'd give it a little bit more horsepower on a spare dual-core Intel box.
Plex Media Server and NAS SMB Mount