Hey, I’m Ashlen. I’m an OpenBSD fanatic and a musician among other things (see About me).
amissing.link for four main reasons:
A personal website is among the freest forms of expression a person can have.
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.
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.
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.
My site is also available as an onion service for those that want/need more privacy. To access the onion service, use Tor.
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.
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.
In command line examples, a dollar sign
($) represents a shell
without root permissions; conversely, an octothorpe
a shell with root permissions. Root can be acquired via
doas(1), though the latter is
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.