Boxy White

This website is mostly a mirror for the monowall project. I am working on a HOWTO section and a DOWNLOADS section for Open Source software, scripts, security and general *NIX computing. This website is currently under construction, so check back as often as you like. There isn't much to see here, but feel free to poke around.

About this site

This is a "XHTML Strict" website running on FreeBSD, Apache & the Website Baker Content Management System (CMS). When I switched servers from a low-powered Celereon desktop to a recycled thin client with 128 megabytes of RAM, I switched from Website Baker to a static site running on the Lighttpd web server. My biggest concern with switching to a static site was managing navigation menu items on multiple pages. A CMS allows you to change all of your navigation menu items in one place, but a traditional static site requires each page to be edited when you add or remove a navigation item. The solution was to put all of the navigation menu items in an unordered list and use Server Side Includes (SSI) to echo them into the HTML. Checkout the HOWTO section for the details. I bought some RAM, so I'm running Website Baker on Apache again.

About This Server

This website runs on a recycled thin client that I bought from Unix Surplus during a DEFCON convention. I only paid $25.00 for it. The device is a MaxTerm thin client made by MaxSpeed. The hardware specs (according to the MaxSpeed website) are as follows:

• Memory: 256 MB SDRAM standard
• Flash Memory: 128 MB or 256 MB
• Complete MultiMedia (video and audio streaming) and broad peripheral support
• Graphics: 64 bit 2D/3D graphic engine and Video Accelerator
• 1 Serial Port, 1 Parallel Port, 2 USB Ports
• 1 PCI slot for Wireless/Modem or other peripherals
• Built-in 10/100 Base-T Ethernet interface
• USB Expandability: Floppy, Security, Wireless Modem
• Optional internal wireless 802.11b interface

The MaxTerm is designed to boot from a compact flash memory card, so the case doesn't have much room for a hard disk. I added a hard disk by doing a low-tech case mod; I drilled one of the cooling holes in the top of the case, making it wide enough to slip a screw through and mounted the disk sideways against the top. It works great!

I was running this website on an old Dell OptiPlex L800CXE desktop for a while, but I wanted to do my part to reduce global warming. OK, the truth is that I wanted to reduce my energy cost. The MaxTerm is "green" as it only uses about 12 watts of power, plus whatever the hard disk draws. Since the MaxTerm is a "green" device which uses very little energy, I have reduced my carbon footprint, thereby reducing my impact on global warming.

 

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