So after signing up for the Newegg.com “Shell Shocker” deal emails, I found this lovely Thermaltake Armor+ MK VH8000BWS ATX Mid T0wer computer case for $49 after rebates (and free shipping), I decided to pull the trigger and build a rig from scratch. The goal is to swap this case for my old one, a moderately cool CoolMaster (no pun intended). The decision was made that I want to make a home server, and possibly a second Linux machine for my desk.
Sure this may seem like some completely unnecessary economic spending, but one thing I’ve been thinking about a lot is how people develop skills and learn new things. I’ve been a big fan of adult education and community college credit/noncredit courses, and I think sometimes you have to learn the hard way by just doing. I have my netbook as my internet access backup in case this project completely explodes. My iTunes are backed up on a Western Digital 500GB External Drive (Apple offers a quick little tutorial on burning your media, not very insightful but iLounge has a much better version) and I don’t keep a lot of critical files on my computer itself anymore. A lot of my photos, documents, and my comic book inventory are all kept online somewhere. So making a home server seemed like a next step/hobby/job training activity.
This is so much more fun than mowing my lawn.
So while I upgrade my internet life, please visit this upgrade of one of my favorite songs, by one of my favorite bands.