New job and a recent Server Migration

Server Migration

It’s been a while since my last update. After starting a new job I have been getting used to the adjustment. Last night I managed to find a bit of time to get some things in order which have played on my mind for the past few months. I have since done a server migration and moved my site hosting to Linode. This has allowed the doubling of available RAM on the server to improve performance for roughly the same price.

Linode Logo - Company used after my Server Migration

This has allowed me to setup the hosting of a private mail server. Something which I have been looking to try for a few years now. I’m looking forward to tweaking this and seeing what it’s capable of. The changes had brought this site down for the past 24 hours so that I can reprocess the SSL. I might look into this further to prevent downtime in the future and maybe write a quick post in future to share how.

Whilst doing the server migration and upon building the new mail server I encountered a fairly large issue. This issue caused the server to constantly stay at 100% CPU usage whilst my spam blocker service ran. After an hour of head scratching and confusion I managed to figure out that it was a configuration issue. This was due to the user an out of date configuration setup tutorial.

Not long until I’ll be a Dad!

I have also been busy preparing for the arrival of my first child. It’s pretty amazing how much such a small person in life would require at such a young age. The due date is tomorrow and I am getting anxious and very much looking forward to meeting him/her.

Between the end of march and beginning of May I attended NCT classes. These were recommended by most people I spoke to and have really helped in preparation. I’d definitely recommend them also to any new parents as they will teach you vital things going forward. As strange as it sound I think it helped the experience to sink in a little more and feel more ‘real’.

I’ve also picked up a couple of parenting books. One I would definitely recommend to new Dad’s is “The Expectant Dad’s Survival Guide” by Rob Kemp. It’s been full of seemingly great knowledge and shares experiences about the topics from other Dad’s.

Until Next Time

Snowboarding in Val Thorens 2017 and Sam’s Injury

Snowboarding

I have just got back from snowboarding at the lovely resort of Val Thorens. This is a great destination for both Skiiing and Snowboarding, with runs for people of all abilities.

Around this time last year I took a trip to Andorra. The resort was beautiful and  also excellent for snowboarding and skiing. So far Val Thorens is much bigger and there’s so much more going on here.

Sam’s Injury

Unfortunately the trip didn’t quite go to plan. On the first day Sam fractured a vertebrae on one of the runs. This has caused some dip in morale for the rest of us and it has been very hard to enjoy ourselves without him. It is also very sad that he has been in hospital since Monday evening. I was hoping he would beat us back to the UK but unfortunately this hasn’t been the case.

Raising money for charity

On a brighter note one of my other friends completed the Tyrolienne zip line in Val Thorens for the “Forget Me Not” Trust and managed to raise around £300. Walker is terrified of heights making a 250m high zipline very difficult. Unfortunately Sam couldn’t have been there for moral support. He was the one who initially put Walker up for it. It’s great though that Walker still went ahead with this despite Sam’s incident the day before and the fact a considerable sum of money was raised for charity is amazing. You can see the video where Walker does the zipline below:

The week unfortunately didn’t go as planned but I really wish Sam all the best in his recovery and hope that he can return to the UK very soon.

All the best,
Jamie

UPDATE: Sam arrived back in the UK on Tuesday 31st January. It looks like he will be making a full recovery over the next 3 months.

Development Blog – I have only gone and done it

Introduction

For the past year all of my hosting and web development has been done on a Raspberry Pi. The main uses for it were a personal wiki and private git hosting platform. It has been useful and will still be sticking around for this purpose in the future.

About Me

I’m Jamie (Jaymeh), a Multimedia Graduate and technology enthusiast. I love all things tech and computing. For the past 3 years I have been working in Website Development doing a bit of Frontend, Backend and Server Management. I am currently working at Creode, a medium sized Drupal and Magento specialist company. I have been there for over 1 and a half years now working as a Backend Website Developer on mostly Drupal 7 websites.

Last year I setup a test server running Ubuntu for Creode. This is currently used to demo and test Magento 2 and Drupal 8 websites.

As mentioned in the Introduction I have a big interest in Raspberry Pi’s. In 2014 I used one to build a coffee table style arcade cabinet. This allowed me to improve my knowledge of Linux on the command line and some learn some basics for electronics.

Arcade Coffee table from my Living room

PiXI and Development

This blog is for sharing things that have been discovered whilst working in Web Development and other various frameworks. The first thing to investigate and document will be that of using the Pixi framework to develop a simple snake game.

Diary

It’s also a chance to keep some kind of diary so that future me could look back one day and think “Wow, I have come far”. Its a great chance to document learning experiences and I’ll be trying to share as much as possible with everyone.

It’s already looking to be a great year with things happening both in my Career and home life. Can’t wait, so excited!

Talk soon,
Jamie