Server Move

Just noticed I’d not written anything in many months. Some updates include:

  • Activated and messing around on several projects on GitHub
    • The main one of which is the asset storage system (codenamed larder) I keep trying each year
  • Joined up with vultr for server hosting
  • Moved both the larder install I’ve written and my blog from Dreamhost to Vultr

I moved mostly because as much as I liked Dreamhost, the server speed for someone here in New Zealand was terrible. No matter what there’d be several seconds of delay for simply loading a bare application. I chalk that up to distance and latency.

With Vultr, not only do I get a cheap VPS (which I’ve installed and setup how I want myself which is a lot of fun) but I can locate it pretty close (Australia). So for me at least both sites run lightning fast.

They’re pretty cheap, about $5 a month for the basic server, so I’d definitely recommend them (that’s a referral link, but here’s a plain link too).

Now to see how well I go at finishing off everything and getting the larder app all running again.

Moving from Windows

I’ve got a laptop that was running Windows 7 that I have barely used. So I decided to install Linux on it, to make developing easier.

I ended up picking Ubuntu because I was familiar how it works and I’ve tried it before.

Attempt #1 – Dual Booting Windows / Ubuntu

The install ran like a dream, I booted from my CD with the distro on it and installed Ubuntu in a side drive. All seemed perfect until I rebooted. I could not get the boot loader to recognise there were two operating systems on board.

Consider it a fail.

Attempt #2 – Ubuntu (+ Encrypted Drive)

I ended up backing up my documents and wiping the drive completely, installing Ubuntu on its own. Since the option was available I chose to encrypt the hard drive.

Seemed to work for a while. Unfortunately I started to get some errors – (of the variety “Ubuntu has encountered an error – send details” with no details).

I figured the encryption wasn’t worth it, so went for attempt 3.

Attempt #3 – Ubuntu

The final attempt appeared to work great. It all installed fine, and I was able to install my development tools such as Sublime Text.

That lead on to my next problem – Unity. It was acceptable, aside from the lack of customisation. My biggest problem is the search menu linking with Amazon. I know, I can turn it off (somehow) but that plus the clunkiness made me miss Windows (at least I can customise the desktop a bit).

So I’ve switched over to Gnome 3, and along with the tweak tool I’ve turned it into something I actually like. Ubuntu is great, but I’ll skip Unity until it works out the bugs. It boots damn fast and I definitely don’t miss Windows on that laptop (that’s what my desktop is for!)

What’s excellent though is being able to run a Laravel project without Vagrant!

World of Warcraft

This game has sucked me in again. Currently playing a Tauren Ret Pali but I’ve recently started a Blood Elf Frost Mage. Different servers, the Elf is on a PVP server which is different.

This is pretty much the reason my outside work projects haven’t really progressed. But it’s just so damn addictive.