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Welcome to my site. I usually write about technology, such as satellite television descrambling, comparing Linux and Windows, and I also talk about other things when they fit my fancy. I currently have two past articles in 2600, regarding Internet Archeology, as well as Blackhat SEO. I also am interested in collecting SURGE merchandise, and enjoy all things Power Rangers and Super Sentai (see the downloads section!).

NSA Spying - Darker Things Below the Surface
Wednesday, 11 June 2014

I, like most Americans am appalled by the NSA's actions in intercepting and storing every piece of data they can about generally every person on Earth, especially American citizens. In doing so, they are quite obviously breaking Constitutional law, which is supposedly the law of the land, through their loose interpretation of the Patriot Act. While we can see on the surface that their reason for doing so is to prevent crimes and catch terrorists, there are deeper, darker reasons that seem to lurk beneath the surface.

Nightingale, Life, and More!
Monday, 17 October 2011
It's been far too long since I posted here! Since I last did, I've graduated college, gotten a job, left that job, picked up development on an opensource project, and many other things in between.

I graduated from Evangel University with a Bachelor's in Public Administration, and then moved on to start doing contracting jobs for php/MySQL, and Linux server management, despite my degree, which I guess just makes me good at managing tasks, people, and the like.

Furthermore, I've started working on the Nightingale project, which is a community driven fork of the mozilla based Songbird music player. We hope to make Linux support more prominent first, but also keep multiplatform support going too, while adding features and generally doing a better job than the Songbird team has since they started making money.

Otherwise, I'm planning on making some changes to my blog. I'm not sure what the template will look like, but I'm busy working on importing my comments, links, downloads, and of course my posts into wordpress, and also will find a way to to hopefully 301 all of the SEF urls from jooma as well.

Whatever the case, check out the blog here in a week or two and hopefully I'll have more to say!

Contemplating My Need for A Virtual Private Server
Monday, 02 August 2010

Have you ever considered using a virtual private server? They are nice, because you do maintain full control, with a peace of mind about not having to really deal with the hardware whatsoever, or even set up the operating system, whether it be *nix based, or Windows. I'm almost to a point with all of my websites that I may need to look into a VPS to at the very least host my busiest SQL databases. I'm looking for linux based hosts, and so far have found a few that look promising.

I need to decide how much RAM and diskspace I really need. Right now, my databases are setup to be as conservative as possible, but I have a feeling if I unshackled them so that I could unlock the full potential of my CMS softwares that I may get to the point of requiring more resources than ever imaginged. Being that I dabble in Black and Greyhat SEO, some of the applications, scripts, and techniques I use are...taxing, to say the least.

A VPS really is better than the current shared hosting I have. Only my data would be on the VPS, meaning more security. Furthermore, with guranteed resources, my sites would all perform as fast as they possibly could, depending on how much RAM and processor power I purchase.

My current shared host throttles my CPU, RAM, and disk space allotments. A VPS seems the next logical step, as dedicated servers are way too expensive - between dealing with purchasing the space, my own hardware, configuring it, and dealing with failures, it just seems illogical.

Wouldn't a VPS be the best of both worlds? It's managed hardware wise, so you don't have to pay for that, and it gives you complete backend controls with dashboards and what not, but without sharing with anybody else or maintaining expensive hardware of your own. VPS's also offer burstable memory and such, allowing you to deal with the digg effect without having a huge server crash as 50,000 people hit your blog simultaneously (I've dealt with that one on shared hosting before - it wasn't pretty).

Furthermore, I can have the VPS grow with me as my sites and their requirements for resources grow. Instead of manually upgrading anything, you in most cases just adjust a slider and lock yourself in for higher resources...nice and easy.

Besides being good for my blogs, VPS's are ideal for about anyone who forsees themselves doing any ecommerce, cloud computing, or large database type of serving, especially on a budget. These types of sites usually tend to grow anyway, and a VPS is a good deal because it is the perfect mix of shared hosting and it's ease of use, and the customizations available with dedicated servers, minus all the work to keep them maintained...

Do any of you have any suggestions? I know that a lot of the people that will read this post are in the IT profession, or at least have some experience with Linux or web hosting and design. If you could chime in with some information that would be great.


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