Just got off the phone with Dell and the server it’s on its way. I’m actually really excitied about this. Having and running my own web site for the past (pause while counting years on finger) 5 years or so has been one of my favorite things to do and really is my hobby, so I don’t mind throwing this kind of money into it. This pretty much does lock me into hosting my site for the next 5 years (average lifetime of a computer), so I won’t have to upgrade again until I at least get out of college, which is a good thing. This server marks a couple high points for Fergcorp and AFdN. It’s the most expensive thing I’ve ever purchased, it’s one of the newest things I’ve ever purchased in terms of hardware, and it will substantially increase storage and computing power (about 40 fold for storage and about 8 fold for power).
So here are some things to look very forward to in the next 2 weeks and the coming 5 years. First, the email and web server will be recombined to form one server. The name of the server will be blackhawk (I just came up with that name). The new server will run Windows Server 2003. Why? First becuase I know how to use Windows and second because I have a copy that I’ve been wanting to use for some time now. Because I’m using WS2K3, all video files will FINALLY be streaming. I will also be hosting a SharePoint Server for some Office 2K3 integration I’ve been wanting to try. Email may or may not be upgraded, I haven’t decided yet. However, I will be accepting from friends to host web sites for a small fee on my server (remember, this thing costs a bundle). Current users will see no manditory cost imposed on them. Perhaps the coolest thing will be faster access times. 2 80GB SATA RAID 1 drives will be providing content to the latest build of Apache, mySQL, Active Perl, and everything else. I expect to see dynamic creation times drop SIGNIFICANTLY. The “Going Live” is set for March 25th at 12PM PST (not MST). Just like Bungie, I will probably not make this deadline. 18 Days and counting!0