There’s no place like /home

Hey, I’m Ashlen. I’m an OpenBSD fanatic and a musician among other things (see About me).

I maintain for four main reasons:

  1. A personal website is among the freest forms of expression a person can have.

  2. Many sites these days are overengineered and/or hostile to those that value privacy. Developing and hosting a minimal, privacy-respecting website allows me to be the change I want to see in the world.

  3. The act of sharing my discoveries sparks joy (which means I get to keep them). Pursuing and disseminating knowledge is in itself meaningful to me.

  4. Organizing my thoughts somewhere allows me to understand myself to a greater extent. Otherwise, they vanish into the ether.

This site and others like it are a missing link–a way to foster thought, expression, and community. A place where connection can exist and flourish without some company designing to line their pockets with it. A gentle yet steadfast act of defiance against what the web has become.


  1. My site is also available as an onion service for those that want/need more privacy. To access the onion service, use Tor.

  2. GPG encryption using my public GPG Key is preferred when corresponding via email. Remember to attach your public key so I can send an encrypted message back.

    Note that as of July 14th, 2021, this key has changed. See My GPG keys are now updated for more details.

  3. Any word with a trailing number enclosed in parentheses, such as help(1), is a link to a man(1) page. The number represents the section number of that man page.

  4. In command line examples, a dollar sign ($) represents a shell without root permissions; conversely, an octothorpe (#) represents a shell with root permissions. Root can be acquired via su(1) or doas(1), though the latter is preferred.

  5. I try my best to write readable, comprehensible software. To that end, suggestions and diffs are welcome–mail them to the address above. Thank you.

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