Today marks the tenth year of this domain, but my website existed already a year ago under a different name.
Lots of things happened, and the infrastructure evolved with the knowledge gained, while fooling around and screwing up things, here is a timeline of events:
- 2003: started operating from a small ADSL line at home
- 2004: Domain askarel.be entered my possession, Zoneedit was handling the DNS zone and the mail reception
- 2006: First IPv6 experiments, starting with my girlfriend’s home, using a SixXS tunnel
- 2007: Playing around with a virtual machine running on somebody else server, no great result, service got shut down
- 2008: First dedicated server at OVH
- 2009: Dedicated server replaced by something beefier, IPv6 appeared, Partial SSL appeared with a CACert certificate
- 2011: Joined the DN42 project to learn more about BGP routing
- 2013: Due to Zoneedit failing to provide IPv6 on their name servers, their US-centric approach, and the Snowden case, i am now handling my own DNS and Email became self hosted.
- 2014: In the process of replacing the current server, after 5 years of operation, it is time to move on to fresher hardware
There are many plans in the boxes for the future. The most immediate one will be to replace the SSL certificate by a paid one and go full SSL by default, then i plan to make the infrastructure much more resilient by distributing it: i don’t like the idea of having everything in the same place, even if i have backups. Downtime will hurt.
Mid-term project will be having my own personal cloud, and the long term one will involve AS numbers. 🙂