Been awhile? Yeah... I am not good at these blog things.

The school year is coming to an end and I've been having fun. Hopefully going to be able to get things going with the Court Centre here again for the Summer since I enjoyed myself so much there last summer.

Recently I switched from Linode whose performance was more than satisfactory and the service of which I could not complain in the least to OVH which was cheaper. The specifications are not quite as high rate, but overall I get the same system for $3/month vs $10/mo or even recently $20/mo since I was messing with systems.

There were a few reasons I set out and did this other than price, one was that OVH is Canada so it ends up being much cheaper for me - even if I go for their $10/mo plan it isn't being converted from CAD to USD and costing almost $15. Another, more of a fun plan is I can have multiple VPSes - I am considering setting up a dedicated email server. iRedMail is a wonderful system - however it takes over an entire system and I'd rather not have to share resources with it / try to make it work with my existing setup.

Another fun project I am currently in the midst of is converting an old Netbook which I know I couldn't get more than $50 for into a light media server. I have it stuck in a closet by the router and it serves itself as a Samba and DLNA server for various media I have. All of this, with transcoding (except apparently for mkv which I haven't got quite right yet), thumbnails and everything was /very/ easy to get working. MPD on the other hand, to stream music remotely over the local network and beyond hasn't been as successful (The web stream keeps getting blocked).

Now I just need to think of /more/ things to set up on it.

What else have I been doing...?

In preparation for what is hopefully fruitful summer employment (and not fry flipping) I have been brushing my languages, focusing Python and JavaScript at the moment since both of those are very easy to pick up and run with while still being very useful. Combined with a refresher on MySQL I think I may be a bit more useful than /generic history major/ in a /it department/!

When learning, I find the only way I can do it with any sort of success is through text books; YouTube videos, 'tutorials' and all that jazz do not do anything for me. Thankfully while I prefer physical books it doesn't make much of a difference when learning if it is an eBook. The books I've been looking at have been Learning Web Design 4e from Jennifer Robinson for JavaScript and Making Games with Python & Pygame. Both are very great introductions - simple and comprehensive, though not too /deep/ in anything they both give an _extremely_ solid foundation for everything which is what I am looking for.