Posts Tagged with unpacking

posted by brwyatt on June 12, 2012

Internet install was quicker than expected! Took less than an hour. Compared to normal residential installs (Since I'm technically a business customer): he came in, mounted the FiOS modem, plugged in my server, I told him it works, he showed me the modem (since I'm not getting their router, he walked me through verifying the problem is on their end since they can't support my side of the modem), we shook hands, he left and called back a few hours later to verify things were still working. He never even touched a keyboard or looked at my screen. Maybe it was because my router was a full computer with two NICs and had a big "DEBIAN" sticker on the side... but why can't residential installs be like that too?

Anyway! Everything on my server should be up now (MySQL, Apache2, Postfix/Dovecot (email), Minecraft, Freenet, Tor (relay!), and I2P. This server does way too much, and I'm considering moving some things off onto another box I have, but I'd like to see my first power bill first before I add any more things to the grid.

I should also note that I also have a static IP! is mine. It will only change if I decide to leave Verizon, move to a different circuit, or buy a whole block of IPs (they give them out in consecutive blocks, so I might have to give that one up for a consecutive block). So this should help with finding me with DNS... my IP won't change often, at least not for a long while. I'm also talking to Verizon to get my reverse-DNS setup (so when you lookup my IP address it tells you it is, this is helpful for email servers) and I'm going to continue using JangoSMTP (great service by the way!) until it is setup.

I'm still mostly unpacking and settling in after the move on Saturday. Got my dresser and nightstand built, and I think that is all for furniture till the couch arrives. Still have to unpack a bunch and organize... but that will take time and is an adjustment. It is really kinda cool to look around me and say "all this is mine". Sure I'm technically renting the apartment... but the stuff in it is undeniably mine, and I am paying the rent... so... that is kinda cool... to me, anyway.

I have found the place for my server (and any future equipment). Since I don't have a washer or dryer... I've got it right where the washer would be. And when I get a server rack... it even has a 250v plug. It will take a converter to work... but... it will do. Granted a rack and the stuff to fill it is just under a third of my salary... but... If I stay here long enough it might just get used.

Still have some cleaning of the apartment to do as well, and my mom wants/needs me to clean out my old room as well, which is fair.

... I am not looking forward to bills...