I’ve wanted to document my projects for a few years, after following plenty of other creators with excellent project documentation, but I’ve never found the time to start. This is my start. I’ve built my personal website, created content for back projects worth sharing with the world, and I’m committed to continuing to document and share the things that I make.
All In The Name⌗
I started off with choosing a name. I’ve used the name ‘apalrd’ for many years as a personal account, and I decided to make that the domain name. But, I still had to choose a top-level domain. Do I want the trendy .tech? Personal .me? Slightly less expensive but also trendy .io? I settled for .net since it’s less expensive. It’s also a classic TLD, and fits well with the technology and homelab vibe.
The Wild West of Internet Security⌗
I’ve experimented before with running self-hosted websites, and for awhile in the past I had a personal forum hosted at my house, accessible only to those friends who knew my free dynamic DNS name. I played with administering Linux servers starting all the way back with Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake, on my parents used desktop. I was able to get a basic enough Apache and MySQL setup in the most insecure way, load phpBB and Drupal, and go to town. Back then, AIM was still the messenger of choice for a lot of people, Facebook had just launched to the public a few months prior, and this private forum is how my friends and I communicated with each other from our home computers.
A New Hope⌗