2011: Time to Blog Again
Lately I seem to have over extended myself. I had multiple blogs on the go and on top of my full time day job, I was developing curriculum, teaching and doing some book editing. Given my unnatural TV watching habits, that meant other things had to suffer. One of my many resolutions this year was to fix that. I have plenty of things Iwant to write about at any given time, I just never do...and everything I do leads me to more things I want to write about. So it's time to start writing again. My goal was to publish 365 blog posts this year, but since this is my first one and it's the 7th, that doesn't seem likely. I will, however, do my best to start blogging again on a regular basis.
One thing that kept me ridiculously busy this past year was my server. I had decided that a Linux box at home wasn't sufficient a couple years ago and purchased a hosted server for way too much money each month. In the end the maintenence and upkeep were draining me and I finally decided to abandon it. Primarily because I grew lax on maintaining it and it was hacked. I decided it just wasn't something I needed to have any more and that there were better ways to accomplish my goals. So now I'm in the middle of transition as I restore back-ups I'd pulled off the server and get myself up and running with various new services.
One way that I'm handling my lack of access to that shell is by increasing my usage of SDF. I've been an ARPA member of SDF since 2003, but I decided to upgrade to MetaARPA membership and take advantage of some of the additional services (more on this in the future). On top of this, I signed up for Amazon Web Services. I created myself a Micro-Linux instance that falls within the free tier for now, but I plan on playing with AWS and exploring some of the possibilities with it in the future.
I seem to have most things back up and running that I had previously, however one missing piece is that SSLFail.com is still not back up. I am hoping to get that blog back up and running and open it up to be more user contributable...I'm just not sure how to do that yet. If you have any opinions, please let me know.