Metrics

Metrics If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve developed some type of toy app. Maybe even deployed a few. Perhaps you even have users that are happily plugging away with your app! But, do you know how it is performing? Do you know what your users tend to use the most? Do you know when […]

Downtime

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 […]

OAuth2 Explained

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 […]

Managed Website

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 […]

Hacktoberfest: Minecraft Server

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 […]

Hacktoberfest: Gitlab Artifacts

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 […]

Hacktoberfest: Use Alexa without talking!

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 […]

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 […]