Weeknotes 2 - Two servers and Netlify
Here are some reviews of my weeknotes from last week: “It’s like a good version of Twitter” (Andrew), “[…] they are much more interesting than mine. I’m furious!” (Alice). Let’s see if I can keep this up.
- Emily Mattiussi who also works at IF introduced me to Netlify when moving our work sites there instead of hosting them on our own servers. She wrote about how we migrated it all, and how much less hassle it is now that it’s done.
- I liked the sound of “less hassle”, so as an experiment I migrated a couple of my personal sites (including this one) from one of my servers to Netlify. It’s so easy to manage static sites using Netlify that my plan is to move the remaining ones there and shut down my servers.
- You might be thinking right now, why “servers” plural? The whole thing started when I was trying to upgrade a server by provisioning a new one first, migrating data, and then shutting the old one down. I didn’t fully complete the migration step, so I never shut the old one down. Server count: two.
- A couple of years later the security of both servers started to cause me lack of sleep, so I decided to provision a new one, migrate the data from the other two, and shut them both down once done. I completed the process for only one of them. Server count: two.
- I think you can see why making server maintenance someone else’s problem is such an easy sell. Right now I am in the process of migrating all my data. Server count: still two, plus Netlify.
- And on a different note, did you see the Fyre festival documentary on Netflix? It’s hard to watch reasonable people explaining away unreasonable things they were being asked to do by someone with charisma and authority. It reminds me of this post about sick systems.
- I was impressed with Hbomberguy’s 57-hour-long charity livestream of himself playing Donkey Kong 64, channeling outrage and spite into positive action. He raised over $340k for Mermaids, a charity which supports trans and gender non-conforming kids and their parents. Chelsea Manning joined the livestream, and got asked for tips on how to finish beaver bother. 2019 is already pretty weird, and it’s only January.