Category Archives: Site Stuff

Site Updates

So much for the whole “updating more often thing”.  Oh well.  Anyhow, here is a long overdue list of updates i’ve made to the site recently.

  1. IPv6 Enabled.  This site is completely accessible over pure IPv6 courtesy of Hurricane Electric.
  2. SSL Enabled.  This site now enforces an SSL connection whenever you visit.  Completely secure, proxy proof, cache proof, and stuff.
  3. EC2 hosted.  All these improvements are made possible by the fact that the site is now hosted as an Amazon EC2 instance.  Same price (or cheaper) as a VPS with 10 billion times the flexibility and performance.
  4. Up-to-date WordPress.  Remember Code Red? Nimbda? Stuxnet?  This site no longer hosts them as wordpress is now up-to-date!  (btw, i was never actually infected)
  5. Self-hosted DNS.  I now host my own dns again and make changes, etc. whenever I want.
  6. Namecheap Registered.  I am no longer registered with that evil, lying, evil, manipulative, evil, fraudulent company GoDaddy.  I switched to Namecheap and haven’t looked back.

All these changes happened back in January, i’ve just forgotten to talk about them.  I may talk more about these later and about all the features that I forgot about.

My Gear

There is a new page in the about section titled “My Gear” with a list of my computer setup at home complete with pictures. So check it out, and, let me know in the comments what you’ve got. Send me a link. If i get several good ones i may post them.

Dropdown Menu’s

As anyone who follows me on twitter knows, I have added drop down menu’s to this site. Its nice, check it out, hover over the “About Me” link up there. Yeah, not bad. Also known by twitter users is the fact that i did not come up with the css, etc. that goes into this. All credit, copyright, whatever goes to @bradkovach ( I have access to the themes he made for the sites and i just copied and pasted from there without permission. So i’d like to thank him for his generous lack of anger/suing me.

Now the reason i wanted drop down menu’s in the first place is for semantic organization. Hover over about me and you get contact info, etc., stuff that belongs under about. It also allows me to have more static content while still using this theme. I rather like this theme/don’t feel like looking for another and would prefer to keep it. Now i can.

Sometime in the future i will be adding things like contact info and actual content. If you have any suggestions/hate, please use the contact page to let me know.

Google apps, jabber.

As very few of you know, (maybe i should actually put something in the about me section) i started this little website as a project to learn linux better and to learn to manage a webserver. Since then, this little project has turned into something i actually care about and take a measure of pride in. This is due in no small part to the miracle that is google apps for your domain.

I like managing a webserver. I like manually managing bind and apache from the command line. I like the sense of control i feel when i am able to make any changes i want any time i want. What i don’t like though, is email. Email is evil. Go ahead, take a look at the configuration files for sendmail sometime. Try postfix, not much better. I don’t want to do email but i want to get email. So what did i do? I went with google apps for your domain.

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