Reflecting on 12 years and counting….

I was reflecting on something today.  12 years ago today, I posted something on one of my first blogs (which has since been merged into this one).

In the years in between, I have had two photo blogs which I did a very good job up updating on a regular basis.

One of them, I posted almost daily  for around 8 years, with over 1950 posts.

The other, I took, processed, and posted a new picture every day for a little over a year back in 2009.  I tried to restart it two years ago, and did not get nearly as far.

This blog, I have not been doing as good of a job updating it (129 posts including this one in 12 years). But, I have tried to post at least once a month.  Most of the time, I can make that.   Sometimes, not as much.

Thanks for being on the ride as I am try to make this a bit better and more interesting than the occasional travel pics.

Move along, little web site

So, I decided that I did not like the performance of the site where I was hosting it, so I went over to Digital Ocean (referral link).

The process was pretty easy.  I used the native tools to back up the old site, then after using the ‘one-click install’ process over at DO, I used the import function to import the backup.  As an added bonus, the pictures and everything imported as well.   After a few checks, I updated DNS, and bam! Running on new host with better performance.  Easy-peasy.

Also, I have turned off any integration with Facebook as I feel that they have not been good stewards of the data they collect.

TLS everywhere

So, I decided it was time to go TLS (aka https) with all my websites. This is something I have wanted to do for a while, but I held off due to the way I had to get my laptop on the wireless at the previous job. Now that I have left, there was no need for that, so away I go!

On the job front, this was an odd week to start with almost everybody on my new team being out due to the holiday. I finally got my accounts all settled today, and spent the day doing that every populare on-boarding trainnig which while is a drag, is very much needed.

With the holiday tomorrow, and a vacation day Friday, I get to have a nice long weekend with the family. This will be nice.

In other news, I got the latest version of TrueOS on my Acer C720. So far, everything I have tried works accept for the touchpad, but I have not spent any time looking into it. Once I get that working, and play with it a bit more, I think I will convert my Lenovo ThinkPad X260.

Why, hello there

Happy Leap Day!

Another month has gone by, and things have been busy. In addition to all the normal crazy that is life with kids, I have been elected to the kids pre-school board of directors. Now, the oldest two no longer go there, but the youngest will be there another year, any my term is three years, so there will be a bit of time when I will not have a kid there. They did ask me before, but that was years ago, and I was not in a position to be able to do that back then.

In other, but more geeky, news, February saw me running FreeBSD as my OS for the month. There was only one thing in which I needed Linux for, and it was something I know I could do under FreeBSD, but I had not set up my machine to run that program yet. Will I keep it up? Probably, although the lack of supported sleep on the current laptop, an Acer C720 Chromebook, is a major downer. I may need to see if I can do something about it, as it appears to work fine under Linux.

A Christmas Present for you

Happy Christmas day for those who celerbate, and happy Friday for those who don’t.

I have added two new links to the sidebar. The first is just a link to my privacy statement. No big deal…I don’t store stuff, and I don’t collect stuff. Simple.

The other is to a local photo gallery which I will try to remember to update as I get more interesting pictures to share.

Here is to 2015 being almost over.

Random thoughts

Another month, another post.

Life is going. School is back in session, and the crazy has started. The commute still sucks, and not getting as much done in the personal world sucks, too.

And, to top it all off, the weather turned to Fall (Yeah!), but my motorcycle has a short in a switch (Boo!)

Need to fix it.

But, on the plus side, the firewall is back up and running.

And the Firewall goes POP

For some reason, we have had a bit of power issues around the house recently. No big deal, just enough to cause non-UPS computers to reboot. Well, one of them was the firewall (the UPS on it pop a while back, and I just have not gotten around to replacing it). But, it would not come back the last time. Drag a it over to a monitor and have a look at the console. No HD. Nuts. On a backup solution until the new SSD to replace the dead (non)spinning rust shows up.