Colors are still a work in progress, so keep that in mind if you see the webscape changing a bit more than normal over the course of the next few days. My goal is to find a means of getting all of the colors to match up to what is in my head, (sort of hard to do when color schemes are visible in one’s mind, but the eyes are often not on par, you know, side effect of being blind?) but look for red/blue variants, considering those are my two favourites. I’ll keep everybody updated as the times go on, so, stay tuned
Networking Upgrades and More
I decided a while ago that I would upgrade my technological environment at home, beginning with a desktop computer (more posts about it to come) and after doing some reading, I finally concluded that the best option for me at the moment in the server department would be to replace the motherboard on my existing PowerEdge T110. For those who don’t know, you can actually replace T110 components with those belonging to the next generation, which is the T110 II, which gives a definite improvement in performance, and of course, more memory. I plan to upgrade mine eventually to its full 32 gigabytes of RAM.
The plan is in the long run to have two servers, one acting as the core of the production network, and then the other, acting as a lab unit (though both of them will be on at all times). Not sure what the second unit will be, but ideally, possibly a R620 or R630. Follow more on that to come, as well. That’s it for now, but keep reading for upcoming posts discussing both my OptiPlex 7040 desktop workstation, as well as the adventures with the T110.
The Current Problem
One of the most prominent issues that are facing us today are the number of technologies that are all built to accomplish the same thing, that of community engagement. Particularly the concepts behind the Fediverse, The IndieWeb, and social media blockchains. It’s very difficult to tell which, if any will win out in the end, but for now, I’m with everyone at once, trying to gain as much engagement as I possibly can, while considering the rewards secondary to the experience on Steem. Of course, they are part of it, for it would not be a proof-of-brain cryptocurrency otherwise, but let’s just see what happens with this. Will it succeed, or will it fail?
I first started looking around the web for something other than the mainstream content that continues to propagate, around eight months to a year ago, when I discovered my first Mastodon Instance. the link above points technically to my second one, or at least the second one I grabbed an account for, with the first being the flagship instance run by the developer of the software itself. I spent several months on his instance, and eventually left, finding it too busy, and with too many folks following me from instances I was not interested in. I’ve kept to my current one ever since. Then I found the IndieWeb through various articles, though if I could remember them, I would link.
I saw the similarity between the fediverse and the IndieWeb immediately, and it got even more interesting when I discovered their ability to be linked together. That’s when I began looking around for sites that showed off the concepts. The internet will be a much better place when every single site unquestionably supports responses from everywhere, not just from siloed walled gardens, as is the case seemingly today. I’m a member of this movement, and I intend to remain. Keep reading and walk with me on this adventure.
Creating my Site (May 2019)
After finally coming to the decision to join the movement, the issue of how to create my site came to the forefront. I’ll be the first to admit that my web design capabilities just are not there, so I needed something that could be used in light of that very situation, which could be scaled up to something better and more advanced as my programming knowledge grows.
Between WordPress And Known
My options in light of the amount of support given for IndieWeb concepts, to make up for the lack of design and development knowledge, fell between two; either WordPress or Known. As you can see here, I went with WordPress, but that’s mostly because I’m more familiar with it from other projects. I will probably try Known, as well, though, for the experience if nothing else, and I could end up switching it to my primary site in future. You never know.For a web server, I went with IIS, seeing the fact that I’m more familiar with it, and plus, I am sick of conforming to industry standards when they aren’t required. I shouldn’t have to on my personal site.