I upgraded [[Oracle]] this weekend to have a 500gb hard drive in it. I got the drive, a Seagate SATA II 500gb drive for $107 at Frys. The sale ends today, 10/2, so I decided not to pass it up. Now I store all my music on that drive, and am using the 450gb RAID of 120s to store my movies that I haven’t, or can’t, burn to DVDs. That frees up a drive I can dedicate to just Game ISOs and get it off my Downloads drive that I store OS installations, and other software installation files that I don’t want to go find. Continue reading
It’s been 4 months since I last posted in here, and there’s good cause for that – I haven’t cared to touch a computer in a technical capacity since shortly after I started this job doing IT support at a university. I’m on my computer all day at work, fixing them around campus, and the last thing I want to do when I get home is tear apart my computer and rebuild it. Continue reading
I’ve spent the last two weeks working on getting [[Oracle]] into the role she was designed to play…but have found it to be a bit more involved than I realized.
Originally, I set up the server to be a web server with php and sql capabilities. Then I realized I needed to FTP files to the web server, so I installed FileZilla Server. Once that was done, I started working on the webpage for tsnlocal.net. I got it up, and then wanted to play around with some other type of server, and decided on a Jabber server for instant messaging. I installed Wildfire.
Wildfire is extremely easy to setup and install – so once I finished that, I looked for a Jabber client. My first choice was a VoIP client called Jabbin, but I couldn’t get it to connect to the server – probably because I don’t have a VoIP Protocol on the server to support it. So I went with what we use at work, Exodus. It’s a fairly functional Jabber client – with chat rooms, IM rosters, subscriptions, and file transfer…and a bunch of other stuff, including plugins.
Once the Jabber service was set up, and I figured out how to connect to it, I realized that telling people to use my dyndns domain name was not going to work. So I had to figure out how to get my Godaddy.com domain name to link directly to my IP address. But, come to find out, I have to have a Top Level Domain for an IP address, or my dyndns must be a nameserver registered with the NS Registry, in order to use it as a nameserver. I spent 2 days setting up BIND on Windows XP (because there was very little help on the internet for how to do it). Then I jacked around with the Total DNS control settings on godaddy, and got the webserver to work like it should – almost.
So now you can join the jabber server with firstname.lastname@example.org. Now that I had that working, I noticed that there were email settings like pop.tsnlocal.net and smtp.tsnlocal.net that could be set up, so I decided to look into running my own email server. I got in #bloodshotgamer on irc.gamesurge.net and asked some of the tecky people I talk to in there what they’d recommend. Duck-Lap recommended qmail for linux, but mentined MailEnable for Windows. I was hoping for an IMAP service so I could run the webpage side of it, but that was not included with this. I might upgrade the service to something new later on, but for now, this was easy to install, and has easy administration, which is what I’m looking for since most of these other services aren’t critical to the function of the server. BIND was about the only thing that was hell to configure…everything else was easily figured out once I had the info and a general grasp of what it does and how it does it.
So now, [[Oracle]] does these things:
- Web Server (Apache, PHP, MySQL)
- FTP Server
- DNS Server
- Email Server
- Jabber Server
- TeamSpeak Voicechat Server
- Hamachi server
- Google Desktop distributed indexing server for the hamachi shares (the essence of tsnlocal)
- and a keep-alive for the dyndns service linking my IP to the dynamic domain
That’s a lot for a little box…but I’m not done yet – I need to put ssh on it so I can telnet into it. I’m sure there are other things that I will find to do with it as time goes on too.
I am just now starting to get back into the swing of things for tsn.
After working on some graphics for tsnlocal.net, and creating background for the [[Oracle]] server and my computer, I’ve begun work on the next theme for tsnX: tsnX-dark. This one is a bit tricky because there is a combination of dark and light going on the same page that will require a different set of coding for the template to keep everything visible.
I’ve also been sparked to start working on some more stuff by a simple task they gave me at work – create a webpage, without using Frontpage and stuff, to display a server-is-down message in plain html. So I did it, all in Notepad++, and was actually pretty impressed that I could write a whole page using CSS and html from nothing, without using a WYSIWYG editor – I guess it’s still true that I know how to do it, it’s just easier for design purposes that I use an editor….even though I still do the hard coding by hand.
Anyway, I’ve begun work on tsnX-dark, and am still working on tsnlocal.net and the [[Oracle]] server, to give it its own DNS server capabilities. If I am able to do that, then if [wizard] and I end up in the same house with faster internet, I’ll be able to host all my website from my own computers, instead of having to host them commercially.
I’m also going to restart the daunting task of creating the MySpot page…there is already one out there, but it’s just a simple New Posts search page…I have to get some other code in there and a new design on it to finish it up. I’m also going to make the server and user status on the tsnlocal page into an Auto-refreshing portion of the page via AJAX. Then I’m revamping thepizzy.net homepage to reflect the tsnX design and update the information that has apparently not been touched since tsn went down earlier this year.
It just takes the proper motivation and desire to work on this stuff – because if you’re not totally into the job, then the product is going to suck if you finish it. So look for changes.
There have been problems lately with the dns server or something, according to my server people. I thought they had it fixed, but apparently it’s broke again. I’ll see what’s up with that if it’s not fixed soon.
Also, I managed to fail my quiz (which wasn’t for a grade) yesterday and didn’t manage to get anything done with the profile cp (which I WILL work on today)…but I did manage to get a gf, apparently.
So I’ll be announcing the Melissa soon on The Black Journal, and also on tsn when it goes back up.
I’m also going to be starting up [[Oracle]] today to prepare for indexing. So if you’re on tsnlocal, and you want your files indexed the you should sign on. but also if you DON’T want your files indexed, or you don’t want a particular share indexed, then you need to let me know. It only scans the files that you’re sharing so people can search instead of sift through the shares.