I decided to go ahead and
Windows Live Spaces account which is kind of like the popular My Space
but it's Microsoft. Anyway, the address is http://michaelwigle.spaces.live.com/
. It has some info my web site doesn't and vice versa. I'm mostly interested to see if I will actually blog a little on it. I've also created a Face Book account which is located at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=520545213
. I've also started using Quanta as my web editor so there may be some major overhauling to the web site in time as I learn to use more advanced features.
Well, the server died, long live the
server! My old $200 Walmart machine which served as a server for 5
years finally bit the biscuit. First the hard drive went so I replaced
it. Then the onblard NIC went and I decided it was time to retire it.
So, I now have a new server with great thanks to my friend Will who was
able to give it to me for a $100! My new server is actually a server
too! It's a Dell PowerEdge 4400. It has 2 GB RAM, 170GB of drive space
across a 6 disk RAID-5 array. It has 3 redundant power supplies, and
5-100 Mbps NICs. It's pretty sweet.
I'm running Courier
my e-mail server and it's a very slick
package. It allows remote web mail access and all the usual POP, IMAP,
and SMTP connections. Setting it up properly can be a bit of a pain if
your fumbling in the dark like me but I had it up and running in a few
evenings. There is a graphical web interface that can help with some of
the setup. However, it can be a pain to setup with Apache 2 unless
you're comfortable with setting up SSL for your cgi-bin folder (which
I'm not) so I cheated a found an insecure work-around (please don't
hack me) :P. Here is the link to the remote
I'm running Apache
for my web server. I realize that all of
these are older versions but they are the supported versions for the
stable version of Debian. When the new stable version is released I
expect to upgrade. We'll see what happens then (probably alot of
reworking on my part).
On my workstation I'm running Ubuntu
Dapper Drake. I've found it to be
an excellent desktop linux. It's very stable and I infrequently run
into things on the Internet I can't access (usually on Microsoft sites)
and the few things I come across like that I'm happy to move along and
do business with web sites using open standards. It's certainly nice to
not have to worry every time I click on a link that I may be clicking
something that will take me to a site that installs a keylogger or
trojan in the background. Since the vast majority of them only work on
Windows machines. I have considered installing AVG for Linux and a
third-party firewall with a nice GUI though. We'll see.