Running my own web and email server

While I thought it was a good idea and (probably) still do, it’s ended up being a lot more work than I anticipated. Lots of settings and customization of things that I pretty much just figger out by trial and error. Now I gotta worry about backing up too.

I get much for power over things and adding a new site is easy and I don’t have to sign up for another hostng account.

I just now realized that you couldn’t send email out from offbe.at! That took me 2 hours of fiddling with offbe.at settings as well as email server settings to get it to work.

I also never realized how much spam my old hosting service was filtering out for me. My new email server helped a bit, but I was getting a lot more after I started doing myself. I found a nice MX filtering service called SpamStopsNow.com that works wonderfully and is only $15 for 2 domains using a personal acct. Also serves as backup email server should the main one go down. Another benefit is that spam filtering can be very CPU intensive and this keeps all of that away from my server. Spammers are a resourceful bunch and I’d rather have SSN trying to stay ahead of them. I’ve gone from probably 30-40 a day to 0! Cool!

Well I think I let loose a floodgate of pent up emails now that its working so sorry for that. Should be real time now :-)

Podcasts! New OffBE.AT feature

Just cuz I’m bored and wanted to see if I could even do it, I’ve started a Podcast. Initially, I tried it in the Blog area, but it wasn’t segregated enough so I put it in the Forums. Did have any great brainstorms for new material so for now I’m gonna post some old comedy routines I created with my brother many years ago. Guess it doesn’t matter cuz it will be new to you… :-)

2 Down, 4 (Weeks) to Go

Well, I made it 1/3 of the way through. I’m handling the discomfort much better now. Not that it feels any better; I’m just ignoring it…at least trying. I’m finding that moving around and now always having it elevated actually helps me forget. A couple times at work I forgot the cast was on until I tried to stand up and move LOL. The Xerosox continues to work to perfection and crutches that are the right size are getting good use. I also got a handicap parking sign and I’m taking full use of it having never had the priviledge before. Kinda fun in a way, but prolly only because I know it’s not permanent.

Started an alumni site for my old job called XNewTek.com. Having a bit of fun tracking folks down and trying to remember names. Had dinner with a few old mates yesterday. A sad thing was that a really dear friend had an accident and lost his long-term memory. He hasn’t returned my phone call, but I’m going to write him and hopefully it will strike a familiar bell. I’m hopeful.

33 Days to go

Well, I’ve been laying down pretty much for a week and I’m still not adapting to the leg cast very well. Last night I had a severe anxiety attack and was close to cutting the damn thing off myself. Today, I’m a little calmer, but still find it nearly unbearable. It is obviously psychological and I do have a little claustrophobia in real tight spaces. I’m going to see what the doctor can prescribe on Monday since I feel a bit embarassed calling the weekend emergency line for something like this.

I go back to work on Monday and I don’t know if that’s good or bad. I’m hoping it will make the time go by faster, but it might make it harder to handle. I feel sorry for my poor wife Jac. She’s been pretty good, but I know it’s tough on her.

Keep Cast Dry With This Incredible Product

Taking a shower is a *** if you have a cast on. So I googled around and stumbled onto the Xerosox. It claimed that you could swim in a cast with this on and not get the cast wet. C’mon! But, I figured if it was half this good, surely I could take a shower and was worth the $38. Well, the darn thing works and I really think you could actually go in a pool–altho I wouldn’t try. It’s basically a rubber boot that you pump out the air to form a vacuum. As long as the vacuum holds, the seal is holding. Quite an amazing device and huge kudos to whomever invented it.

UPDATE:

The company changed their name to DryCorp (http://www.drycorp.com)

Ruptured Achilles Tendon!

Well, I forgot I wasn’t 20 anymore and ruptured my Achilles tendon playing basketball. My leg is in a cast for 6 weeks! Comes off August 17 and I am counting the days. The first night was the worst and I just didn’t think I could do it, but slowly it has become tolerable. It sux not being able to carry anything or do the simpliest of things. Even when it comes off I’ve got 6 weeks of rehab. My foot is pointing down so that the tendon heals in a contracted state. I think its gonna be painful. I actually lucked out in a couple ways though. After 2 weeks, they generally recommend surgery–I was at 1-1/2. It was the left leg, not my right. On the bad side, I had to cancel my trip to Hawaii, but on the good side, I have a week off to get used to the cast. I hate it, but am trying to deal with it. The stupid Dr’s office gave me crutches too long for me, so I’m pole vaulting until the new ones arrive hopefully tomorrow. Jac, family and friend have been great helping and supporting, but I’m sure I’ll wear out my welcome soon…