Sunday, January 21, 2007


Some of you may usually come to my blog by way of my original website: For now, that address will take you to this blog.

I'm making some large changes to the website. Mostly, I want to setup my own web server here at home, and learn to do Linux administration. A basic home web server doesn't really have to be too powerful. I need to learn LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and php), and how to administer and maintain it. What better way than doing my own. I'll use some of the information I'm doing in class, but also from They have a podcast too. I've been using the RoadRunner servers to host the site, but they only allow a small amount of pages. I hadn't used up much storage or bandwidth, up it was getting close to it's maximum. I also need to learn a different web page layout program. I'm chosen NVU, mostly because it's free and open source. It's also available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. was my personal training website. At best, it's an online business brochure. It wasn't getting much traffic, and the owners of the facility I use wanted me to change a few things. Reasonable requests, and the site has needed an update. So, I decided to do a massive change.

Other Changes
I've been using Juice to download my selected podcasts. I like Juice because it works on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Are you beginning to see a pattern here? I like software that works on all three platforms. Juice is also an open source program. I like open source. A more secure, kinder, friendlier software. But, it seems most of the educational facilities have been horns waggled by Apple. You can only access their educational podcasts through iTunes. So, I've had to switch to iTunes. What's most frustrating is that iTunes doesn't work on Linux. At least, not yet. But, I want those educational podcasts, particularly the IT ones. What gets me most is the educational facilities are the ones that, most of all, should know better. I hope the make their material more open in the future.

Keep coming to my site. In the future, you'll see more stuff. Stick around.

1 comment:

Julie said...

The P in LAMP can also be python or perl, both of which are handy to know.