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3 October 2015
OSTD: an experiment that didn’t work

There are plenty of people in our industry (software development) who advise to fail early and fail often. This is a story of such a project. The OSTD is a really cool idea: get free translations, or at least get started on them. I never pushed it too hard but I developed it to the … Read more

22 June 2015
Using ImageMagick without running out of RAM

For our research project we needed to use pHash to do some operations on a lot (tens of thousands) of image files. pHash uses ImageMagick internally, probably for simple operations such as resizing and changing the colour scheme. I am pretty familiar with errors such as these coming from convert or mogrify: convert.im6: no decode … Read more

3 May 2015
Screen scraping timetable data from a PeopleSoft Faculty Center

Our school moved to PeopleSoft for.. I’m not going there.. but that’s where everyone’s timetables are now. I thought maybe this big fancy company has an API to let me access the data but no, it’s basically impossible to access the API directly. So I was left with screen scraping, which I always wanted to … Read more

Who is Andrew Smith?

And what's a solutions engineer? My goal in life is to design and develop solutions for people - to make them less frustrated, to give them better tools, to let them concentrate on more important things.

I'm an engineer specializing in Linux and open source software: I use it as a platform to create desktop, server, and embedded device applications, libraries, and services.

If you have a question about my work - by all means contact me, I'll be happy to talk to you about it.

Latest Website Update

Everyone's Timetable: an android app to share school timetables. Read more

2008 - Algonquin Canoe

Six day canoe trip through the Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. Read more