JC Web Concepts

Site Re-design

For the next few weeks I will be working on a new WordPress theme. I will post when it is complete so please do not judge my themes till I get it at 100% I was thinking that I might setup a test environment to test on since WordPress really does not have a tool to check your theme before you make it live.

I guess if anyone has an opinion on how to test a theme before making it live then post a comment or hit me up on twitter @jrock2004

NAS Server. Should I or Should I Not

For the people who do not know what NAS stands for, it stands for Network-attached Storage. Do you have an old computer that is just sitting there collecting dust? I for one when I bought my iMac and MacBook my Dell became a dust collector. So one day I decided I needed to set something up to backup my files. I know I could have burnt stuff to DVD or buy an external hard drive to store them on.

Now for the Mac I could use a portable HD to setup Time Machine . Now my concern with Time Machine is that as far as I know you can only use it for one computer. Now I have not researched it so I could be wrong. With the external if you do run multiple operating systems like Linux or Windows then you have to worry about how you format your HD. Also if you buy a portable that needs a power source then I need to fiddle behind my desk to plug in the power adapter for the HD. What a mess I’ll tell ya.
Now if you have the luxury of having a dual layer burner you could burn all your backup data. Now I will tell you that data that does not change I still put to DVD but why waste it all for stuff that changes. You then need to setup databases or spreadsheets on what stuff is on what DVD or CD. I do not know about you but I would not want to worry about all that stuff.

So this brings me to setting up a NAS server. All you need is a computer with a decent size hard drive and if you want to hide it a wireless card. The other option here is buying a time capsulecause that is basically a NAS server. So if you decide the old computer you then have 2 choices for the OS that I would use. One is FreeNAS which is based off FreeBSD and the other would be Ubuntu. I basically chose Ubuntu cause I can run other things off it like a web server and set it up as a puppet master for some of my virtual machines.
So what are you going to choose? Do you have any opinions on what you think about storage backups? Post a comment and let us know what you believe the is the best backup solution.

Consolidating Domains

With my hosting package with 1and1 I get 2 free domain names. So I used 1 domain for my blog here and the other for my portfolio. Today I decided why not use one and put my work as pages and my tutorials as blog posts. Maybe this is not the best idea. So I might decide to go back to using the other for something else.

Craigslist Success Story

There is a toy that my little girl Lucia loves to listen too. It winds up and plays Mozart pieces. One day as I was turning it to make it play it broke. You should have seen the look on Lucia face when this happened. It looked like she was saying, “Daddy what happened.” So the other day I decided why not take a picture of this thing and post it on Craigslist .

So I posted it in the wanted section and that evening I got an email that someone has one and will sell it to me. So tonight I will go pick it up and surprise me little girl with one.

Father’s Day

Well I am getting excited because tomorrow is the first Father’s Day that I will be a daddy. I use to think that this was a wasteful holiday but I am not sure now. So part of my family is coming tomorrow and I will be grillin up some steak. I am so excited. My cousin Rich gave me a marination to try. I hope it comes out well. I think it will. So just like mother’s day post I will get a picture of the party to post on my next blog.

Safari Books Online

Well in past I have always wanted to use this service and never did. Safari Books Online is a service that you pay a monthly fee. Now what this service does for you is it gives you a hugh selection of computer books. They range from programming to Operating Systems. Now if you are like me I like to buy books almost every month and read them. Then they go in a bookshelf to collect dust unless there is some reason I might need it again. So go ahead and get a subscription. It is well worth it.

Memorial Day Picnic

Well today is the day we celebrate for our veterans who have died in war. My wife and I decided to have the picnic at our house. We are going to use are new grill to cook hamburgers and hotdogs. I am just glad that we can get family together and celebrate. I wish my family from Buffalo could be here. Cooking on the grill was not too bad. The first time around I did not cook the hamburgers right. I think my issue is I have the flame on high and it burns the outside so I think they are done when they are not in the inside. Well everyone is still alive. After that we played some Lasso golf. I will tell you it is hard to setup but it is a fun game. Overall it was a good day