Writing

Seems people like how I write. Not necessarily always what I write about, but hey, can’t please everyone all the time, right?

It is mentioned to me from time to time, I should write a book. It is very very tempting to do something like that, so I am looking into doing just that! As always when it comes to writing something as hefty as a whole book, the question comes to what topics to cover, what content to pour into the work, what to leave out, and all sorts of other items fly past the back of the head.

I am assembling various ideas I have right now and seeing what I can puzzle together. I am putting no pressure on myself on any timelines or anything else right now, just seeing what I have available to work with really. It is quite an interesting, to me anyway, exercise in seeing what I can accomplish. Who knows, maybe there is a whole book in there?

Site migration

Yeah, I know, boring title. As was the work to do it. But, it is now done, or about as done as I want it to be right now. Got everything migrated away from the old hardware I as using at home, to shiny SSD backed systems sitting in DigitalOcean. I know, some will tell me that is lazy. It might be! I don’t really mind, as it was quite straight forward and won’t cost me a fortune to run and maintain.

What does it all mean then? Well, I can now easily upgrade servers, add more hardware or whatever, as I need. Firewall configuration is easy, I can add backup or redundant systems as I need through the use of loadbalancers and so on. In short, I get all the flexibility of AWS that I need, but with a much smaller price tag.

What do I run myself then? Well, mail server, shared storage, database services and web services. All the bits a website requires. And I managed it with some code chucked into a configuration management system called Ansible. So, in case something blows up terribly, I can rebuild it all easily again, and yes, I have backups of what isn’t managed in Ansible.

And don’t scoff at my free SSL certificates. This site isn’t a business site, and I don’t even have to think of renewal time, since that is also automated and managed, for me.

Welcome (again)

Well, I eventually got around to it, and moved the blog to a new server. At the same time, I figured it was as good a time as any to reset this whole blog. Older content may be revived, it may not. We will see. I haven’t decided what to do with all of that just yet.

In the meantime, have a good one!