"You Rang M'lord?"
is ace! Most *normal* people pay a few quid a month
to have their website hosted on a server buried
underground in a bunker in Stockholm or somewhere.
I got to thinking about this - they are having a
larf! Money for old rope... Surely, I could make
my own server? How difficult could it be.....
Well..... I have to confess that my brother is a
bit of a whizz at IT stuff - in fact he does it for
a living. In fact he's got his very own server at
home hosting his company website. Morceau de
gateau surely. Unfortunately, I'm a bit of a
'newb' when it comes to electronic stuff but with his
help even I could do it? He kindly donated
an old PC and a set of 'idiotproof' instructions....
Take an 8 year old PC and set it up
for the Linux operating system.
Get close to slashing your wrists when you
find out that Virgin do not offer static IP
You discover DYNDNS.org and are then able
to breathe a huge sigh of relief
Spend 3 days smashing the house up because
you can't do this stupid effing geeky C
Have a Eureka Moment and miraculously suss
how to set up Virtual Hosting on the server
Store not one but THREE websites on one
server at the same IP address
Gloat and giggle to yourself frequently
when friends moan about how much their web
hosting is costing them. Haw haw haw.....
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!!! It's the most
satisfying thing I've done for ages, especially
since all this sort of stuff was alien to me just a
week or so ago. I especially liked the Apache
programming bit - it took me right back to the early
80's when it'd take me 3 days of programming in
BASIC to get a dot to move across the screen on my
old Atari 800 computer. Aha, I knew those endless
unwashed days in my pyjamas would stand me in good
stead one day!
this is how Mission Control now looks:
okay, I've yet to sort all the cables out but this
is it. The black PC is our home PC running Win 7
64bit. The dodgy looking one on the left is the old
banger set up as a server. Normally it's turned
sideways and hidden behind the wooden shelf thingy
in the foreground. Oh, and don't forget the purely
medicinal pint of Diamond White by the keyboard....
is the cable modem and internal Netgear router.
This is connected to the 'outside'. One connection
goes to the new server, one goes to......
second Netgear wifi router. This is connected to
our home network, including a cabled connection to a
second PC upstairs. Yes, yes, it IS an old
bus stop sign but I found it in the shed when I
lived in Thetford, honest.
totally random pic of the doggies making a weird T
shape. Dunno what that's all about.
So, this is all coming to you via a DIY box under
the stairs. Isn't technology wonderful? And thank
God for little brothers.....