Upcoming Projects

With school almost finished for the year, I’m going to have some free time over the next couple of months to work on a couple of projects that I have been putting off due to time constraints.

First on the list is a partial rebuild of my main desktop rig that I use for gaming and dev work. I will be adding a second HDD to it, a 1Tb 7200RPM drive that I have lying around, this is going to be the main OS install drive, and will hold anything that gets installed to C drive: documents, music, downloads, user profiles and settings, You get the idea. The current 3Tb drive will contain my Steam folder, Video collection and maybe a few other games, depending on how much I decide to install to C drive. If I had the cash lying around, I’d be throwing a small SSD in as a boot drive, but that will have to wait until next year, hoping to get that done in February.

Next on the list is setting up my server. I have enough hardware lying around to build something proper, without having a PSU and CPU heatsink that aren’t actually secured to the case, and to give it a decent amount of grunt, for a home franken-server anyway. It’s going to have an 80Gb HDD as a system drive, and 1Tb HDD for files. It will be running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS as the OS, with a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack on top of it so it can server as my dev enviroment, with remote connection provided by OpenSSH. I will probably also install phpMyadmin to make managing the databases easier.

I will also be continuing to work on my website, with a plan to have a basic about page and a functioning contact page sorted by the end of the year. In addition to this, I will be continuing to mess around with the server, at least until I have my dev server set up anyway. Once that is ready, i will be able to stop making changes to the server except when I intend for the changes to be permanent. I’m also planning on setting up an email server on my current server. This work is already in progress, and I would like to have it completed ASAP, however with end of year exams next week, this may get put on hold.

And at some point, there are various game servers I would like to try my hand at setting up (Minecraft and TF2 primarily), as well as things like Vent/TS3/Mumble, Jabber/IM and probably a whole bunch more that I am forgetting to include. If you have any suggestions for game or other servers, feel free to leave a comment or send me a tweet. And if you want some help setting up a basic web server, while I’m not even close to an expert having only just started teaching myself, I’d be happy to help. I even have my Apache install set up for multiple virtual hosts, so can easily host several additional websites (provided you don’t mind a few minutes of downtime each day as I may changes to the back end configuration).

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