26 Feb 2005
“We’re Doomed!” “Don’t Panic!”
Random Unsolicited Advice of the Day: don’t even think about getting a self-managed web server unless you’re obsessive about security, willing to continually learn, and able to stay calm if it all goes horribly wrong.
I don’t think I’ve quite mastered the third bit yet. When an upgrade spectacularly killed almost everything on this server earlier today my immediate reaction was to feverishly start changing settings and reinstalling software. Luckily I took a break, calmed down, then eventually found I just needed to restart something. You certainly won’t be seeing Malevolent Hosting launched any time soon, I couldn’t take the stress.