For my consulting business I wanted to build a nice website that was very functional and had a modern look. I’ve never been very artistic so most of my options are Content Management Systems that are popular so creative people have made so many templates that I could make my site look unique without very much effort. Another issue I have had in the past is that I would build a site using various open source products, but none of them would talk to one another. So I might have a calendar on a site that has one set of usernames and then a forum that has another set. It can be pretty frustrating to integrate sometimes.
I’m chugging right along with building my consulting business. Through GoDaddy I now have a full reseller site branded under my own domain. If you visit http://www.jnuxhosting.net/ you will be doing business with me. I’m still working on all the pricing but I already enabled some discounts to make the pricing good. The great thing about buying domain names, SSL certs, or web hosting through my domain is that you’ll get GoDaddy support as well as support from me should you get stuck. You get the uptime and reliability of GoDaddy on the back end that I couldn’t even begin to provide.
If friends could make an account there, even if you don’t buy anything, I would appreciate it so we can kick the tires to be sure it works well.
I picked up a couple of Internet domain names that I think I’d like to build sites for, but I just don’t have the time right now to build them. Instead of just letting the domains sit I thought I’d give GoDaddy’s CashParking a try. It feels so sleazy to setup a parked site with paid ads, but otherwise the domains would just sit and do nothing. I don’t imagine I’ll earn very much, but I’ve never done this before so figured it would be good to at least see if it could bring some revenue in while a domain sits idle. I’ll probably feel so sick over setting up these parked sites that it’ll motivate me to put a real site up quickly.
http://www.enterpriseadmin.org/ – This will be some kind of informational site for folks like me who work in a large enterprise as an admin of desktops and servers.
http://www.oseadmin.org/ – This will be along the same lines but for Open Systems Engineering admins. OSE would be anything in the Linux, GNU, GPL realm.
If anyone has any good ideas or would like to help me build either site in to something really useful please contact me. My idea of what each site should have in it would be along the lines of what http://www.macenterprise.org/ has for Mac admins, but I never liked the layout of that site. I’m open to designing the site on almost anything that can run on Ubuntu or running it on Squarespace where this site lives.
Since 1996 I have had Joshie.com on some hardware or other where I hosted the site myself. It all started in 1996 when I worked for The Internet Access Company (T.I.A.C.) in their New York City office as the network guy. I was responsible for the Points Of Presence in NY, NJ, CT, and DC. It was a fun gig and I registered my domain name to fiddle around. I remember buying a copy of Windows NT 4.0 at J&R down by my office, and installing it on my Compaq Presario desktop. I used IIS back then to run the website.
It had not occurred to me that a blog at work might be useful until the other day. I was reading in InfoWorld about CIOs and such that run blogs, and I saw that (AOL Time Warner) is giving blog space to customers in AOL 9.0. I started thinking about the RSS feeds from a blog, and how people never read emails at work, and then I thought how I liked newsgroups but people don’t use newsgroups so much any more except for spammers and techies. At work many techs are not really geeks like I would hope them to be so I have to think of ways to get non-geeks information. So I thought to myself if I make a few blogs then I could get them to use RSS newsreaders, and the news would come to them. It works really well. I have a site and off that site I have a blog for opsec and engineering right now. I might make more blogs, but those are good so far. I’ve posted some information like Ghost builds I updated and virus definition updates and such. I don’t know if it will catch on here in the office. I’m about the only really geeky person here aside from a handful of others. If it works out I’ll post more about it here. I’m curious if other engineers have used blogs to deliver news internally at all? I’m using Movable Type as my blog platform and Kung-Log to post articles. As a news reader for the non-techies they are using NetNewsWire. What are others doing?