I’m now using Jekyll to create my blog. Since I’ve started working at The Church Online, I’ve seen a lot of dynamic sites at work and I must admit there is a definite draw there. I’m just not into dynamic content on my own personal site for a few main reasons.
Docker has been on the scene for a while now. It’s being used to simplify workflows all the way from the first steps of development through to launch and onward with support and upgrades. I’ve been messing with Docker for roughly a year or so now and I have to admit that I am in love. It’s changed the way that I do a lot of software testing and deployment, both at home and at work. The reason for this shift in my normal workflow is five fold.
The Raspberry Pi is anything but a powerhouse, but it excels in a lot of lightweight applications that rely on 24/7 uptime. Its power-sipping processor makes it amazing for simple things like acting as an ssh gateway for your home network or hosting any number of network applications from inside your home network. Today, I’ll go over my process to set up ddclient on the Raspberry Pi to automatically update a domain that I have purchased with the external ip of my network.
Syncthing is a great tool for liberating your data from cloud storage providers. While Dropbox, SpiderOak, and Google Drive are great services, the trade-off for such a great and simple product is privacy and loss of control. As an example, Copy.com was a great service that had an excellent Linux client and even a headless client for server installs, unfortunately, it was just shut down a few days ago when Baracuda decided to abandon that service. I had it installed on my parent’s computer as an alternative backup and completely forgot until my mother sent me a message saying the computer was telling her her data would be deleted. I had long since removed it from my workflow and since I was often just using my laptop, it wasn’t necessary. I’ve reintroduced my desktop to my workflow and soon the need for such software arose again.
A few months ago, I was having issues with my home network. Moving more than 10 feet away from the router would drop my connection percentage down to under 50%, which means I was connecting at less than half of the already slow 56Mb connection. I’ve grown used to Gb ethernet from when I only had desktop boxes, so I can only stand wireless data transfers with small files in small numbers. Anyone with even a small understanding of wireless networking can problem guess what the issue was…. interference from nearby networks. I live in a small town and the houses are very close together, in addition to that, a lot of the nearby houses have been converted to multiple apartment units in each house, therefore, the spectrum is just overrun with everyone’s own personal routers. From my apartment, I can easily scan close to 35 different SSIDs!