New Blog Site

Posted by Thoughts and Ramblings on Sunday, February 5, 2006

Well, if you are reading this, then you know that I now have a new site to store my blogs. This is the reason why I have not posted much in a while; I have been moving things over to this site.

Some things to note: The address above is I have actually owned this domain for more than a year now, but just didn’t do anything with it. I finally decided that if I wanted to really use it, I needed it to be hosted somewhere. I decided to buy what is known as a virtual private server. Basically, I am sharing resources on a real computer out in the world somewhere, but I have full privileges to my little piece of the server. I get 5G of disk storage and 500G of data transfer per month. One other advantage of running this server is I can do whatever I want with it. Basically pretend it is a slow server (by today’s standards, but still faster than my 5 year old linux box under my desk), with only 5G of HD space. For the curious, it is running Debian/Linux - Stable.

Anyway, what has happened since my last post?

School: My advisor, who is also teaching a class I am taking, decided to give a homework assignment which requires access to a linux box. He asked how many had such access in class, and only about half did. He then asked me if we can set up one for the class to use. Well, I had a computer sitting on the floor of my office since Sept of 04, so I pulled it out and installed linux on it for the class to use. It was rather nice to have a nice and fast setup. It is an interesting project, buffer overflows.

Social: I went to a book study, Pilgrim’s Regress by C. S. Lewis, but the books had not arrived yet. Last week when I went I was the only one there. At least this time there were 4 others. Hopefully the group will have a few more.

Programming: In part of getting this server, I have decided that I am no longer going to pay for my .mac account ( While this server is slightly more, I have full access to it and can configure it to my liking. .mac doesn’t allow certain things that I really want and has always been rather slow. For instance, this blogging software cannot run on .mac no matter how hard you try, but I set it up on this server in about 3 clicks! Anyway, this means that I will lose some of the .mac features. The iDisk is not of great importance, and backup can be hacked to still work, but iSync is another story. Well, last night a friend and I started to figure out its protocol. It doesn’t look too complicated. If all goes well, then with some php scripts on a server, and some modification of the hosts file, we can get all the .mac features of use without buying .mac. We will see how it goes. I don’t want to turn this into a rant about .mac; that will come later.

Anyway, best close, is it past 1am and I should be thinking about sleep.

Legacy Comments:

Wilsdawg - Feb 5, 2006

Good post. We’ll see how quickly you hit 500GB transfer ;)