The Serpent

// Cursing the Internet since 1998

Thank you for visiting The Serpent

We have a simple aim here at The Serpent; to entertain and possibly even educate. While there’s no guarantee of either, we do hope you find something of value on our little personal site. It’s a collection of stories, articles, technical documents and opinions gathered from over 20 years of working in IT and specialising in cyber security for the last seven years.

The Admin Team

The Serpent was launched in May 2001, replacing an old website I created back in 1998 while I was still at school. Being the 90’s, it was hosted on Tripod (and as a testament to Tripod’s uptime – is still online!). It mostly featured content relating to Windows 95 and 98, a few tips and tricks and even some small C++ tutorials (we’re talking Hello World stuff at most).


Today, The Serpent stills aims to educate anyone willing to learn more about computing, while still presenting the information clearly and without confusion. The aim of The Serpent is also to be informative, yet simple for techies and people wanting to learn more about computing in general. Since the areas of IT I’ve specialised in have changed over the years, so has the content.


Why We Do it

The Serpent is a personal project. All the content you’ll find is based the experiences and personal\professional knowledge of a small group of close friends (some of which have never actually met in real life yet!). It may contain errors, so please use this information at your own risk. We hope you find what you’re looking for on this site, and who knows? You may even discover things you never knew.

John Payne, The Serpent Web-master
December, 2021

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