Once upon a time, about when I made my last post, NearlyFreeSpeech.net was getting hammered with WordPress login attempts. As a result, they disabled the login page for WordPress sites. As a result of that I ignored this site for several years because every time I thought about posting something I ran into the disabled login page. While the fix was a simple permission change, I got tired of having to SSH in every time and change the permissions on wp-login.php.
Fast forward 3 years: I moved all my sites to a droplet on Digital Ocean. I’ve been running all of Silent Partner Technologies’ servers on Digital Ocean for almost six years and the service has been fantastic. Since moving this site over I’ve seen a huge speed increase when loading pages. I’m using one of the $5 droplets to host several sites and now the servers are completely under my control. On NFS the sites ran on a shared Apache instance and cost almost as much since I was paying for each site and a MySQL instance. Now all of that is on the one droplet.
I’m going to try and write at least one post a week. I’ve put my Scientist Hat back on and have taken a Research Scientist position at Soar Technology’s Orlando office. So far (it’s been 3 days) Soar has been great! I’m working on serious games, UI for training content generation, and NPC AI in the Intelligent Training group. It took 9 years, but I’m finally in a job doing research directly related to my dissertation! Weekly blog posts should help me get my writing back into shape.
I am still a partner and architect at SPT, but we’ve hired some additional programmers to take over the day to day work I was doing. Some of my posts will probably refer to SPT products and RFID because We made quite a few improvements and I learned a lot about RF since post, 3 years ago. I’m sure discussing some of it will be useful to someone on the internet. I’ve found many useful solution on blogs and maybe my writing will help someone out in the future.