My Server Setup

I’m known to go through a lot of changes and always rebuild servers and try new methods of deployment. I’m always trying something new on one of my RaspberryPi’s or BeagleBone Black’s and constantly create more work for myself lol… I’m always looking to make something better!

Well this morning I was doing some quick looking and discovered that my Amazon AWS server that runs my website has been up since Nov 26, 2013!  That has to be a record for me as so length of time without changing something..  I actually discovered it because I’m looking at moving from Amazon AWS to DigitalOcean.  I thought I’d give a quick overview of how I have my servers that host my WordPress, ExpressionEngine & CodeIgniter instances.


Server:  I currently have a t2.small server running at Amazon AWS, It’s running built ubuntu-precise-12.04-amd64-server-20131003

Control Panel :  I use ServerPilot as a control panel to manage the deployment of applications on the AWS Server.  I cannot speak highly enough of this service and recommend it to anyone that does any web development.

DNS Managment:  I use CloudFlare to manage the DNS of all my Domains. Simple to use and full of fantastic features.


Happy Canada Day


Happy Canada Day!

Kathryn and I spent most of our weekend traveling through Maine & Southern New Brunswick. We left Friday and drove straight to Bangor to indulge is some Olive Garden and a little bit of shopping.  We proceeded to head to Oak Bay Campground where we stayed until Tuesday morning. Spent time with Christie & Derek and did a little more shopping and soaked up the AMAZING weather we had!  Left Tuesday morning to make it to the lake in time(even with a bum tire) for the July 1st parade around the lake.

Great long weekend!  Happier than ever to be Canadian!

Amazon and their Success

The Everything Store Jeff Bezos Amazon

Today, is a colleagues baby shower and of course I forgot to adequately plan ahead to get a gift! I had an idea to get get a Amazon Gift card a few weeks back but put it off until the day of!  The thought of just giving a printed off card vs an actual gift card has a kind of gift “degradation” to it, but I’m outta time so I’m left with  no choice.

What I need to ask myself, is why did I think Amazons Gift Card buying process would be anything but amazing?? This company time and time again slaps me in the face with their ability to be different in ways that seem to simple buy inspire me to do things like this, dedicate a blog post to them!

I have another instance where someone I know was looking to buy a mid range karaoke machine and she was calling all around Halifax looking but no where had them, they either carried the $50 cheap one or add the Double-0’s $5,000 Pro one. Amazon we went and when she found one, she had questions about it. She said hmmm I wonder who I can call about this and I instantly laughed at the thought of calling Amazon but then thought WAIT! This company does everything different, maybe you should give it a shot! To not bore you with the details their system for “Contact Us” is A+ and highly recommended!

I could go on and on about this topic, I’ve used Audible for a long time, Kathryn loves using her Kindle, the instances where Amazon is always there for me is endless. I would like to see them have more of a local presence, like maybe offer a local category where you can shop for things produced in your local area; and I would not be surprised if that idea hasn’t been rolled across their idea table before. I purchased The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon with one of my Audible credits and need to find the time to listen.

BBQ – Vision Grill Gallery

BBQ Vision Grill

Blogging is a way of life

I began blogging way back in 2003(Holy Shit 11 years ago!) when I was 14. The internet was young and I was eager to learn. I designed my own blogging platform using PHP & MySQL in hopes to compete with WordPress..  14 years old with huge dreams!

Something that blogging gave me was a opportunity to express myself and a routine to follow. Over the past 5 years I’ve thought a lot about getting back into writing about and sharing my life to the world but living a hectic life with ADD, 5 years feels like last week.

So here I am, back at it and ignited my old domain with something here. I’ll mostly share my Arduino projects and BBQ and once and a while a rant filled with words that should be censored and opinions that may not be my own.  Until then,


Scotty Edmonds