Welcome to the new box
Welcome to the newly redesigned FreeBSD Diary. The changes you see before
you are courtesy of Bean (thanks). The content remains the same: the largest
collection of practical FreeBSD examples available anywhere. Within the recent
face lift, you’ll find a few new significant changes:
- New colocated server
- Newsfeeds from other sites
- List of sample files
- Server status
- Article by article comments
- Donating to the FreeBSD Diary
Please click on the links above for more information, or just scroll down.
 – In case of any problems, you can access the old website at
the new website at http://new.freebsddiary.org/.
This should cater for any unforseen problems and allow the DNS changes to catch up.
Shortly accepting a new job and then moving to Ottawa,
I met up with Jake Burkholder <jake@FreeBSD.org> who mentioned
that he had a dual pentium box which was missing some parts. So I bought a 40GB Fujitsu 40Gb 5400 RPM UDMA
100 IDE drive for CAD$139. This forms the storage for the box. I also bought an
Enermax PSU, which I’m very
happy with. Then I installed FreeBSD 4.3 on it, Apache, mySQL, and about 55 other packages.
The box has actually been installed at the colocation center for about a month.
But I’ve only been able to get things ready over this past weekend. The few people who have been to
the site have reported it’s quite snappy. Let’s hope it remains so.
Jim kindly gave me the script used on his FreeBSD’zine site. This
script makes use of RSSLite by Scott Thomason.
There has always been a samples directory. But you’ve never
been able to see what’s in there. In the past, all you’ve been able to see are references
to the /samples/ directory from various articles. That was a limitation of being
on a shared server (before today, the Diary was just one of hundreds of other websites
on a box somewhere in Chicago). But I have complete control (and unfortunately, responsibility)
over this box. Therefore, I was able to allow directory listings as and where I needed to.
I’d like to thank Mayo for writing up the AddDescriptions you see in that directory. Much appreciated.
I’m most excited, and probably relieved, that the Diary now has article by article
feedback. Look at the top left of the page, just under the date, and you’ll find
links to read and writing the comments. If you have something you’d like to share
with the other readers, now you can. Your comments will be available for everyone
else. Similarly, if you find a mistake, please feel free to correct me in the
I’m quite sure that every article has been enabled. If you find one which doesn’t allow
feedback, just let me know. Probably via the phorum.
Someone mentioned to me that I should use PayPal and Amazon to allow people to donate to The FreeBSD Diary.
This could be used to offset the increased costs associated with the
colocation service. When I initially investigated the option, I found I was shut out because I didn’t
have a US-based checking account. After consulting the fine folks on the freebsd-chat mailing list, I
was able to find a bank willing to allow me to open an account with them. Actually, they were highly
recommended. Armed with my check book in hand (actually, I don’t have my check book yet), I opened
my PayPal and Amazon accounts.
The colocation box is going to cost me approximately US$100 more than the previous website cost.
I hope I can make up the shortfall with increased ads. My preference is for the site to become
totally user funded. The annual costs are approximately US$330 per year (or a $5 donation from
about 81 people; no, my math is right; Amazon takes 15% plus $0.15 per transaction; PayPal is much
cheaper). If people donate enough to cover annual costs, I’ll remove the ads from the site. Any
surplus will be used for equipment and other website related costs.
But I’ll host your site for free!
I’d like to thank all the people who have offered to host my website for free.
My primary requirement is that the colocation box be in Ottawa. That’s where I live.
I want the box close to me for practical reasons. Yes, it would be cheaper to
host the box in California for free. But it’s just not practical. Thank you.
Note: The Diary won’t be the only website on this box. I plan to move
FreshPorts here as soon as possible. Eventually, I’ll also
move my other website heres as well. The Diary takes up the bulk of the cost as it uses about
5GB a month. And FreshPorts does about 2GB a month. All the other websites combined are less than