9 Aug 2003 mx   » (Journeyer)

It's funny how much I don't know, and how I fear the unknown. I pretend that I don't fear the unknown, but for certain topics, where I feel especially inadequate, my baseless fear hinders learning. It's all in my head, of course.

This week I was reminded how little I don't know about how certain parts of dns and name-serving work. It's mostly because I've alway had admins around to take care of the details, so I've been too lazy to dig in and read about it. The worst thing is that my lack of knowledge made it more difficult to get the stuff into my head, even though it is all fairly simple stuff. I was avoiding playing with a few things, absurdly simple things.

I'm over that now, but I have to watch for that fear. The fear, or stupidity, is really retarded. And it is always worse to see it in myself, as I've always detested it in others. I've always seen those people who don't know something that they should, and thought less of them. I'll have to remember that I can be as retarded as anyone, and that it just takes a gentle nudge, and a bit of momentum, and the knowledge flows.

Anyway, I learned a lot about apache this week, and about the different categories of dns records, and how it all relates to hosting at home effectivly. It's all simple, and well documented, which is really a beautiful thing about how the forefathers set up the great net of ours.

It's funny too, I was around for the birth of the public internet, with my first account starting in about '90. I've been fairly ignorant about the bulk of what strings it all together, outside of the few bits I've used in my code-slaving. That's the way it works, I guess.

So my personal site is back up, and hosted at home. It's backed on blosxom now, which is easily one of the most intelligent blog-tool designs I've seen (zen-like even). Now I just hope that my ISP doesn't give me grief about it, as the volume is so paltry ... even though it does violate the TOS. I guess if they do get annoying about it, I can switch to dsl, as that carrier is quite happy to let people host at home.

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