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Who am I?


A few words about me

Guymer in LaosHi, as you may have guessed, my name is Thomas Guymer and as you probably have also guessed by now my friends just call me Guymer. I have a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in Physics from the University of Durham (I attended Hatfield College) and currently reside in the south of England. Whilst growing up in the north of England I got hooked on climbing and just generally being outdoors, consequently it is something which I try to do as often as I can. However, whilst at University, and now as I'm working, there is not much time for randomly wandering off for a walk whenever you want. To this end I try to spend as much time as I can traveling or climbing during my few holidays.

Guymer in snowI first got into photography when I was a kid and I used to enjoy taking pictures with my Dad on his old SLR (he has a AE-1 and a T90). I believe that there is something calming and peaceful about taking photos, and it's something which I thoroughly relish. This site contains many photos (all of which I have taken) for you to have a look at. I do not profess to take good photos, just to have been lucky enough to be present to take photos of good things.

Guymer in DurhamI first got into Linux when one of my friends had a dual-booting PC which had openSUSE on it. At the time I was studying for my degree and the use of Linux looked convenient for my programming module. I played around with a Slax Live CD for about half an hour and then decided "puft - just do it" so I downloaded openSUSE 10 and made my laptop dual-booting. I used a dual-booting machine from then on as I did a lot of PHP coding for this website and FORTRAN coding for my course. It is from these beginings that I have written the tutorials you find on this site.

An important fact

A xkcd comic about correlation & causation

Courtesy of the genius which is xkcd. If you actually fully understand that correlation does not imply causality then you are in a minority. This is such an important idea and a scarily small number of people actually abide by it.

My favourite quotes

To put yourself into a situation where a mistake cannot necessarily be recouped, where the life you lose may be your own, clears the head wonderfully. It puts domestic problems back into proportion and adds an element of seriousness to your drab, routine life. Perhaps this is one reason why climbing has become increasingly hard as society has become increasingly, disproportionately, coddling.

Al Alvarez, 'The Games Climbers Play'

The reason for nature's greatness is that it has forgotten that it was once chaos, but this latter thought can recur whenever need be.

Søren Kierkegaard, 'Either/Or', 'Crop Rotation'

Pain is only weakness leaving the body.

Tom Muccia

It's a round trip: getting to the summit is optional; getting down is mandatory.

Ed Viesturs

It does not matter how slow you go, as long as you don't stop.


This page was last modified on 21/02/2016.

The Unfriendly Web

Map of total firewall denials on my servers

Update (September 2015)

This site has changed quite a lot since I bought the domain in November 2005 and first started hosting my own content. During that time the internet has evolved an awful lot; as I write this in 2015 it is almost unrecognisable to what it once was. Gone are the days of hosting your own photo albums from your holidays on your own website: now you create an album on Facebook to share with your friends and family. Got some special photos that you are particularly proud of? Then deviantART or Flickr are the places for you to showcase them. Found an interesting page and wish to share it with your friends? Twitter and Facebook will update them immediately wherever they are. Written some pieces of source code that you think other people might find useful? GitHub will version track and syntax highlight it in an instant.

Consequently, this site no longer has photo albums and panoramas taken from my travels: the special ones are in my deviantART gallery and the normal ones are on my private Facebook page. I don't have a WordPress blog at the minute so I will still keep my articles on fixing technological problems ("Releases" and "Tutorials") on here for archival - if they're useful to you then that's great. If I ever restart publishing code it'll be on my GitHub page.

I have learned a lot since I first started writing (non-public) web pages in 2002. As testimony, this site: does not set any cookies; barely has any JavaScript on it; and is no longer dynamically generated using PHP. Rather, it is completely static with updates propagated using make every midnight thanks to cron.

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