Welcome

Hi. I am Michael Kranch, and this is my [semi] professional website. I am a cyber (buzzword) security professional, but I by no means an expert; I simply try to improve my skills every day. I am also a teacher, husband, father, Christian, gears esports fan, and CTF enthusiast. Visit the work, play, and teach tabs to learn more about me or use the links below to view my most recent ramblings.

Hosting Multiple Gitlab Pages From Projects in One Repo

This is a short post on how to host multiple pages from different projects in one repo. This task is actually very simple, but I could not find any documentation on it when I tried a couple weeks ago. I ended up resorting to creating a second Gitlab account. Turns out you do not need to use this hack, and this post will explain how to legitimately host multiple gitlab pages with just one account. [Read More]

How to Get Started With Hacking

And to Develop the Passion to Stick with it

The great (and sometimes intimidating) part about computer security is it’s such a broad and ill-defined field. This post shares some tips to help build this passion and lists several resources to start you on this journey. The post was original created for my new club (CGSC Hacks) so geared towards novices with limited to no experience, but the content is useful even for those with a CS/IT background trying to get into the computer security field. [Read More]
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Work Summary 0: Beautiful Hugo and CGSC Hacks

15-30 September 2018

Keeping with my purpose, I want to write a bi-monthly (bi-weekly?)1 summary of what I have accomplished. In the past two weeks, I generated the base mjkranch.com content, transitioned to the Beautiful Hugo theme, generated a CV from Front Matter, migrated to Gitlab, and started CGSC Hacks. Looking back, I did quite a bit. I do feel like I have been stuck in the minutiae of website design and content building (the boring polishing aspects) instead of the more rewarding big system building or problem-solving aspects of web development, but I’ve made some progress and continued to learn. [Read More]

Deploying a Hugo site on Gitlab

As I mentioned in the previous post’s footnote, I actually decided to host this site on GitLab primarily because GitLab is awesome (requires no maintenance on my part, has free private repositories, and natively supports Hugo). There is also good documentation on how to use Hugo with Gitlab from both Hugo and GitLab; however, I ran into a couple small issues I felt were worth addressing. Path, not project name, determines your site URL. [Read More]