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01 October 2008 @ 10:53 pm
Well I've added a line at the end of rc.local that starts Apache and it works. Nothing more needed but a few tweaks, so I can put the box up into the loft. The most complicated thing will probably be finding out where I wrote down the password for the router.
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01 October 2008 @ 07:57 pm
Well, Open BSD 4.3 installs from the boot CD. Luckily I had a spare Cardbus network card acquired from a previous Freecycle foray so it's on the network already. It's a pity I didn't RTFM before installing it, I forgot to add a swap partition. That's probably fixable though.
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30 September 2008 @ 10:08 pm
I've had my LJ account for a while but haven't really had much to say. But something has kicked off a little project, and I want a diary to log the progress. It's an idea that started a while back. I thought that eventually I would end up running a web server at home, so when I chose an ISP I picked Zen because they offered static I addresses.

For both of my friends that don't tinker with computers, that means that my connection to the Internet always has the same address. That's very useful if you want to set up a server. Most broadband accounts only offer a dynamic address which changes at the whim of their ISP. There are ways round this but it can get complicated, and I don't do complicated. Well, no more complicated than necessary anyway.

I've had my Zen account for a few years and I've never yet done anything to take advantage of the static address. Then two things happened in quick succession. A few days ago Nojay a message to the uk.comp.homebuilt newsgroup about hardware for running a home web-server. I suggested that an old laptop would probably do the job.

Then over the weekend someone on my local Freecycle posted a message saying that they had an old and partly-working laptop. So now I have a Dell Latitude CPi on the desk. Loaded with throbbing PII/300 power. It boots but the battery is defunct. That's not a problem for a machine that's going to be running on mains power all the time.

So over the next few days/weeks/months/however-long-it-takes, I'm going to write about the gestation and birth of www.shrdlu.com and perhaps in the process work out what I'm going to do with it.
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