Wednesday, October 05, 2005
I’m a rebel
“I paid $3 for a one month subscription, so I can create LJ users out of RSS feeds, for those rebels who prefer to run their own blog. “
I know I can’t speak for everyone, but I love running my own website. It is an extremely fun and cool project that I started for myself way back in the end of the DGS times. It started when codex effectively kicked the DGS site off his server for whatever reason, although the LAN Party was on its last legs at that time anyways. I had this crappy computer lying around that was the “DGS Server” although it really didn’t do anything. Most of the time I ended up using my own computer for serving games. I also wanted to get into linux which, if you remember, I had codex install for me during one of the parties. At first, aphelion.sytes.net was run on 2000 professional, sitting in my mom’s basement and did nothing. It didn’t even host my website at that point. I think it ran a ventrillo server for tim and that was it. Once we moved into the Brimfield house, I brought it there and formatted it into Suse linux. At this point I had been playing with unix on my powerbook, and knew how to do linux compiling. I played around Suse, but they have their own installer, and I never got it working quite the way I wanted it to, except for an IRC server, so I formatted it into Whitebox linux. This is what the server still runs. It’s dreamy, stable, and oh so much fun. It’s been hell trying to get every damn permission correct, and even today I find that my username still doesn’t have permissions on some files on my homepage I like pmachine, and I’ve figured out how to upgrade it from 2.2.1 free to 2.4 professional, so a major site upgrade is in the works, but not until the flight team competition is over. I like how everyone’s site is tying together now with RSS, thanks to Jo, but I’m still keeping my site on my server and continuing to be a rebel. I know it’s easy to create a livejournal and keep up with everyone easily though LJ and stalkbook, I mean facebook. But as always, I don’t like anything that’s popular, right? Why would I give up my project after so much success? It’s too much fun.