Aaaand we’re back!

Hey everybody. If you’ve visited over the past few weeks you’ll have noticed that either the site was down, or it was the default “hello world” page that comes preinstalled with WordPress. This is because I have been transferring the site across machines! I just finished migrating my server from my old (good) computer to a new-ish (crappy) computer I bought specifically to act as a “set it and forget it” server/media centre.

It took some doing and troubleshooting, however I think I’m back from the dead!

This frees up my good laptop, the Thinkpad T430s, to be used as a general purpose computer.

The new machine, a refurbished Thinkpad e11, will act as my FTP and HTTP server for now, as well as a games/media centre connected to my TV. We’ll see how this arrangement works out. It is a very under-powered machine so this might be asking a bit too much of it. But part of the fun of using Linux is being able to give old machines new life.

Computers are fun. Computers are frustrating. Funstrating.

My new server (file photo). Just pretend that Windows nonsense is replaced by Mint MATE.

Hello world!

I just finished setting this up! Thank you for visiting my website.

My educational background is in psychology and I don’t really have much formal education with computers, but I have always had an interest. When I was a kid I used to go to Visual Basic programming classes, I attended Linux computer camp on three occasions, and I actually started my undergraduate education as a computer science major. I took a few classes in programming and one in UNIX system administration.

However when I was younger math made me anxious. Probably due to a subclinical learning disability mixed with a general lack of confidence in myself. I got spooked by having to take discreet math in order to advance in my major, and switched to psychology. I do not regret this, as I’ve always had an interest in the mind. In the end, the joke was on me, as I ended up taking (and deeply enjoying!) statistics in order to graduate as a psychology major, and later with a master’s degree in clinical psychology.

Recently, I have taken up a job as a system administrator for an Electronic Data Entry program called REDCap. I got the job because it requires a strong background in research, even though I am challenged by its technical “system administratory” aspects. In order to familiarize myself with the systems I use everyday but don’t really understand, I decided to actualize a long-running and unrelated desire of mine to self-host a blog-type website.

What you see now is the the first complete iteration of this (probably) long term project. What can you expect here?

  • Eccentric dharma insights
  • Thoughts on my online/real life encounters
  • Commentary on the challenges and rewards of self-hosting
  • Photography
  • The occasional joke

Thank you so much for visiting. I look forward to sharing more of my experiences with you.

Om petri petri mahapetri maitripetri om petri swaha!