Project Sunken Treasure

You probably didn’t notice or care. But this site has been down since August 22nd. That’s 8 weeks to the day.  That was a rough day as I woke up to 8 inches of water in my basement.
I learned a few lessons that day. Here are a few of them.

1. Don’t store your computer tower on the floor.
2. Don’t put your hard drive in the lowest bay in your computer tower.
3. Your backups of your computer files should not be on the computer next to your tower.  (I wasn’t quite at the 3 – 2 – 1 backup rule.)
4. You’d be surprised how much junk you store in your basement that you don’t need.
5. Throwing away your stuff is emotional. (It was my junk!)
6. Thank God for insurance.

So despite that major setback in life, things have been crazy busy and the world drives on.

Project Sunken Treasure is the complete restore of my website from cached pages on the web. The hard drive was toast. Completely underwater.  A company wanted $1800 to try and recover files from it. But now my site is back live on a new linode server! I’ll be working to push out new updates and more content as often as my busy life will allow me to. Click the icons to the right or at the top or bottom of my page to interact and follow me on all my various platforms.

Here are some of the things I’ve been up to and some upcoming things.

1. Benjamin is now almost 9 months old!
2. I attended WOCS in April – May and appointed to Warrant Officer in the Army.
3. I traveled to Brazil in South America for the first time for a week of work.
4. My refrigerator quit working.
5. I’ve been busy packing and cleaning getting ready to put my house on the market in November.
6. I’m moving to Georgia for 9 months of Active Duty school for my Warrant Officer MOS job early next year.
7. I’ve still got 2 trips tentatively on the calendar and I’m looking forward to the holidays as well.
8. LetterboxD is an amazing social network for movie nerds and tracking all your movies you’ve watched. Connect with me over there!

As far as my list of goals for the year, I’m about where I expected to be. I’m behind on the reading and writing ones, but making good progress on the career and physical health ones.
Having 4 kids and planning a house move means I really spend all my free time just doing logistics. Food, daycare, school, work, projects, travel, etc are always on my mind. The two most useful tools I have are Google Calendar and You Need a Budget (YNAB) budgeting tool.  Click here for a discount! They are both very useful for making sure things get done on time and not breaking the bank.

And finally, here are some photo dumps from my phone. Mostly of my kids because honestly that’s all you probably really wanted to see anyways. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later,
Derek

Changes

So today was my last day at my current job. I start my new job on Monday. It was really weird to walk out of the office for the last time. It was a great 3 1/2 years and I will miss my codero buddies. But hey, that’s what facebook and IM are for.

Now it’s on to the next step in my journey as a computer nerd. I am now a linux system administrator for Analysts International Corporation. It is a great career opportunity and I look forward to the chance to further my knowledge and nerdery of all things linux.

My next goal is to get my RHCSA cert. That may take a few months but it will be worth it.

In other news, Jackson turns 3 in a week!

Thats all for now. later.

Derek

Site Updates

Updated my email for my server to google apps.

No point running a mail server on a dynamic IP that can change and that I can’t set reverse dns up for.

So I switched to google apps. It was super easy to set up. Took only 20 minutes. Dns propagated within 30 minutes. My email for my domain now runs through the Gold standard of email service: Gmail.

The high availability of google, amazing spam control, the excellent Gmail interface, and pop/imap access are just a few of the features. There are alot of other useful apps available in the free version of google apps as well.

I highly recommend taking a look at google apps for your email needs. They have a nice free version and a nicer paid version.

So, after the above paragraphs of nerdery, feel free to email me at derek@derekcreason.com.