Last Saturday, I colocated my server. This server has been living under the guest room bed for the past year, being used for everything from test labs to providing NAS backup for my devices. It worked really well, letting me spin up VMs at will without paying Amazon or Microsoft for the privilege. However, we just moved to a new apartment which is smaller and doesn’t have FIOS, and now I have no good place for it.
It’s almost the end of May here in Massachusetts, and it’s finally starting to get warmer. And I’ve been learning Xamarin Forms, though I’m toying with the idea of just going straight to native. I have invested a couple of years into C# though, so it’s hard to move away from right now. I’m hoping that Xamarin Forms works out well for me.
I used to run my site on Wordpress. Roughly two years ago, I moved it to Jekyll. I did this as I was tired of managing Wordpress, and didn’t want to deal with running a Database driven site anymore. Also, I wanted to host on Github, removing the hassle of running a server.
I’ve been learning the Universal Windows Platform for the past few weeks. This is all part of my new year’s resolution to learn new stuff.
I thought a quick post on securing IoT devices might be useful to some people. The security of the Internet of Things is a hot topic these days, and it’s something you have to think about before adding the latest little gadget to your home network.
It’s 2017 now, and it’s a new year. I’m looking forward to this year - there’s lots to do, and lots to learn. At work, I’m going to be working on the kinds of projects you only get when two giant companies merge. Some of these projects are completely sui generis, and I’m excited to do stuff that’s entirely new.
I’ve spent a month using Umbraco now, and I really like it. I’ve used it to build a website for a small business. The extensibility is the best part, along with the ability to edit the project in Visual Studio. Adding custom controllers is easy, and I’ve built a few to do stuff like contact forms, generate blog lists, validate user input, and so on.
I tried out Umbraco’s new Cloud service. It’s an interesting delivery mechanism, and I can see the potential in it. The starter package is only ~$28 a month (25 Euro), and that gets you everything you need to host your site. You still need to buy a domain name and an SSL cert (SSL is optional, but I wouldn’t run anything but a static HTML site without SSL), but it’s a matter of minutes from signing up to a functional Umbraco installation. This price includes Umbraco Forms, as well as a subscription to Umbraco TV. This is pretty good value.
This is my first try with a .NET CMS at home - I have used SDL Tridion extensively, but that’s really not something I’d use at home!