I’m sure the school district thought it was convenient to give the kids the day off for Halloween, after all that avoids the whole topic of celebrating this pagan holiday. It’s not so convenient for me though, working (or not, as mostly seems to be the case today) at home!
In case it wasn’t obvious already, I finally gave in and stopped running (90% of) my webpages at home on my internet connection and moved the content to DreamHost where I have a Sweet Dreams (a.k.a Level 2) account.
The one thing that stopped me from moving sooner is email. Thankfully DH provides the option to create custom DNS entries (A, CNAME, MX and TXT records) and also to select (one or more) MX servers other than their own, while keeping everything pointing their way.
This means that:
- I no longer have to play redirect tricks to work around my ISP blocking port 80 (http).
- I am no longer responsible for keeping the webpages up and running. If DH has a problem I can fuss at them, instead.
- I can easily maintain the DNS and let them worry about redundancy of their nameservers. They seem to do a decent job at that.
- They automatically provide Analog stats for all websites, something that I had never gotten around to.
- I placed M‘s webcontent under a separate account (you can create multiple unix accounts that all share the same group) so she can upload content herself. At least, that’s the intention, it hasn’t been long enough that it has actually been an issue yet.
- They have a fairly easy setup for adding/deleting MySQL databases, I may have some more fun with that.
- If I would want to, I could set up endless number of email/webmail accounts. At the moment I still want to keep email under my own control, so I can use my whitelist filters that weed out most of the spam still, as far as I can figure.
- I had to move the DNS to their servers, or risk having some hosts point in the wrong direction when DH move servers around (not that I expect that to happen very often) and basically avoid doing double the work keeping my data in sync with theirs after I’ve updated something via their webpages.
- I noticed that even when I point the MX records elsewhere DH insists on adding mail.*, mailboxes.* and webmail.* entries for each (sub)domain in their DNS, creating needless clutter (call me a purist if you want). I may (after checking their KB) drop them an email about that, see if that can be cleaned up, or at the very least provide an opt-out checkbox of sorts.
- If our internet connection is down I can’t submit new blog entries, I’ll have to write them and submit afterwards. Bummer.
Overall I’m happy with the move, here’s hoping it’ll stay that way.
The Spam Statistics page works again and the data will be refreshed again on a nightly basis.
On a partially related note, using the Run Before Job directive in Bacula‘s Job resources is a very handy way of making a local copy with rsync, after which you get the usual incremental, differential and full backups of your data. Now using that to create backups of my data at DreamHost, which is where I’ve moved my webpages.
Oh my, I do believe this year was one of the few times I was taken by surprise about last night’s change from summertime to standard time (in the US and Europe anyway). On the plus side, we got a relatively early start without realising it.
This could also explain why the backup software (called Bacula) kicked in twice last night, at 1:05 AM, assuming time officially goes back from 2AM to 1AM, unlike the 3AM to 2AM that I’m used to. Easy fix, I’ve rescheduled to run at 3:05AM from now on, that should avoid this kind of problem in the future. *crosses fingers*
Yesterday we did the last lawnmowing of the season, including gathering the leaves and all that fun, for half the yard. The plan is to do the other half this afternoon but I’m now wondering if we won’t get to as I just now heard some thunder and saw one or two lightning flashes! Not that we’d be bored, there’s always enough to do elsewhere.
Anyone reading this from the L.A. area?
Go to this site, buy tickets, and enjoy some good music.
Updated the following websites:
- blog.is-here.com:8000 redirects to is-here.com now.
- The TWiki and FAQ on dgd.is-here.com work again and the mirror of ftp.dworkin.nl/pub/dgd/ moved there as well.
- The URl redirection on it.is-here.com works again. Had to dump the DB file and recreate it. Damn incompatible formats.
- The photo-archive works again, although there are some plans to rework it, in the near future.
- All of harte.is-here.com, erwin.is-here.com and kansas.is-here.com now simply redirect to is-here.com. Haven’t decided yet what to do with the old content.
That concludes today’s maintenance a.k.a sanitization of my DNS & web-content.
This is the first post from a new host and a new URL. The old URl with the port-number could not be migrated smoothly, so the decision to simplify life a bit was quickly made.
It’ll be a while before you, the reader, will actually see this posting, as DNS still points in the wrong direction. I hope to fix that within a day or so.