Enabling TLS on my blog

Google has been favoring websites behind HTTPS over those behind HTTP in their search ranking for quite a while now. Somewhat more recent they started to mark interactive websites behind HTTP as insecure in their Chrome web browser. According to Google: “Eventually, we plan to label all HTTP pages as non-secure”. One could argue about the value of marking non-interactive websites, such as blogs, as insecure. However given how easy it is to enable TLS by using Let’s Encrypt our time is better spend on simply enabling it.

Using FreeNAS to Host a Blog

Back in 1994 I started studying Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. One of the courses I took was the Operating Systems one by prof. Andy S. Tanenbaum. During one of his lectures he recommended trying a BSD Unix such as FreeBSD if we were interested in running a more production level grade Unix on our Personal Computers. I happened to have just bought a Pentium 133Mhz system and decided to follow Tanenbaum’s recommendation, installed FreeBSD 2.

Working while Commuting

As a (freelance) software developer I have the ability to easily carry my working environment with me. All it takes is a properly configured laptop. This opens up a lot of possibilities. One of these I’d like to emphasize: working while commuting. Ideally I work close to where I live. It allows me to cycle to work. In addition to being fun, quick and convenient, cycling also provides some physical effort, albeit light.