Downtime

Recently my server went down! Well… not exactly… It did however stop serving pages with a trusted certificate. Looking into this took my NGINX container down and required some updates. So, without further ado, here’s what happened… First Things First! I try to be as transparent as possible. I am hosting a few other websites on […]

OAuth2 Explained

I’ve recently involved myself with the implementation of OAuth2 in my current position. During this involvement, I’ve had to read through the OAuth2 specifications and audit our system for compliance. It’s pretty cut and dry as far as compliance goes.. it either works, or it doesn’t work. Since it was working and nobody on the […]

Managed Website

As I had previously mentioned I recently wiped my host machine for my website. Go ahead, check out the Wayback Machine for it. From beginning to end it’s been rather static and consuming the entire purpose of a remote server. During this “reset” I wanted to more fully utilize my server. I wanted to do this […]

Hacktoberfest: Minecraft Server

Hacktoberfest is upon us! This month I’m hacking on small projects each week and sharing them. Previously… A few weeks ago we found a problem with our GitLab Runner and fixed it. This week, we attempted to make a persistent Minecraft Server using a Dockerfile and the new GitLab Runner to deploy it. We hope […]

Hacktoberfest: Gitlab Artifacts

Hacktoberfest is upon us! This month I’m hacking on small projects each week and sharing them. Background Gitlab is a great alternative to GitHub. One of the main features I find is the ability to have unlimited private repositories for free.  This lets me work on things without having them publicly exposed until I’m ready […]

Hacktoberfest: Use Alexa without talking!

Hacktoberfest is upon us! This month I’m hacking on small projects each week and sharing them. Backstory When we sleep at night, we like to have some background white noise to help with sleeping. Since we have an Echo in our kitchen and an Echo Dot in our bedroom, we ask it to “play rain […]

Hacktoberfest: GitLab Runner

Hacktoberfest is upon us! This month I’m hacking on small projects each week and sharing them. We Continue… Last week, my son and I recently ventured out to start a Minecraft server as part of Hacktober fest. This week we are planning on automating that server a bit more. A few days after playing on […]

Hacktoberfest!

Hacktoberfest is upon us! This month I’m hacking on small projects each week and sharing them. Minecraft This week my son and I hacked together an auto-deployed Docker based Minecraft server that is also automatically backed up and uses Git for managing server configurations. We haven’t finished the auto-backup to Dropbox portion yet, but that’s something […]

Reset

Begin Anew I recently wiped my hosting server since I was closing down my computer repair business. It always bothered me that I was only hosting one site on a rather large server and I couldn’t do much with it without risking downtime (not that it really mattered given so little traffic). When I shut it […]

Rules

We’ve come so far since last “game dev” session! We have an actual rules book! This came about after sifting through notes we had taken in the previous sessions while play testing and meeting conflicting information. It was time to consolidate and create one rules set to rule them all! The rule book isn’t entirely complete, […]