Go activity

With the invitation to go to the Korean tournament this year, it is time to resurrect my interest in go.  I don’t expect to get back to my best, but I need to make a decent account of myself.

So I will take part in the Australia-New Zealand online tournament starting this week. http://digital.go.org.au/2016.html

My first game is tonight against TriDat Tran from Australia.

UPDATE: In spite of being rusty I managed a win.  A new opponent will be assigned tomorrow (Sunday 3 July).

Building a new server

This blog is to capture some of the challenges in building a new home server.  The server is to act as the DMZ and firewalls for the home network.  I have a cable modem with a fixed IP (IP4) address that the new server plugs into.  All my home computing equipment, computers, WIFI router, network printer etc plug into a network switch at the back.

The server acts as

  • Firewall external and internal
  • DNS server (it was to serve as authority for my domains but Vodafone seems to block UDP DNS queries from outside it’s network)
  • Router
  • LAMP stack (Apache2 plus MySQL plus PHP/Perl running on Linux)
  • Email server (SMTP + POP3/IMAP)

Getting these set up is not so difficult but I decided to try using ISPConfig3 to manage them.  ISPConfig This is a tool that makes it look like you are running an ISP and you can easily provision web sites, and email accounts.  It has some functionality that I don’t need and some features don’t quite work as intended, but in general it makes it easier to manage everything for multiple users.

I also installed wordpress for this blog and for all the users.  The ungrateful people aren’t rushing to create content.

Toastmasters

Toastmasters is a system to help learn public speaking.

I have been going to 2 groups as I split my time between Wellington and Christchurch

In Wellington I go to Mid City group on Thursdays

http://midcitywellington.toastmastersclubs.org/

In Christchurch I go to Avon group on Tuesdays

http://avon.toastmastersclubs.org/

and I have also been to a group in Petone which meets once a month on Friday

http://acl.toastmastersclubs.org/

I think I have become more confident in general and better able to construct and deliver a speech/presentation that people want to listen to.