Since I was young, I have loved Video Games. To me it was not only a welcomed distraction, it was a way for me to experience the world. The ability to plug in a console and play some games with some friends was more than just a good time, it was life.

Recently I have been working in HTML with Bootstrap. Bootstrap is a simple framework, yet crazy powerful tool for building websites. To be 100% honest with you I enjoy using it more than WordPress these days. I find it much easier to use, and I don’t have to worry about plugins needing to be updated every other day, or people hacking into a database.

Pros:

  • The best part about this whole thing is the lack of a Database. I enjoy using WordPress, don’t get me wrong, but the whole database side of things is crazy to me. What if the site got big, I would need to hire someone to manage the day to day with the Database just so I could sleep at night.
  • The lack of needed to find a theme I like, and then try to rip it apart is really nice. The bootstrap framework really always me to just go. Most of the time can find a simple shell of a site online with the layout I want, and I am talking bare bones, like placement, not even colors. The from there I just let the mind take over and do the rest.

It pains me to admit that after years and years in the IT field, I was finally bit by my laziness in my own home network. My server crashed.

The Story

On November 5th 2014, I was at work when I needed to SSH back home to check on something. From my work machine I tried to SSH home, but I was greeted with a ‘Connection Refused’ message in my terminal. Thinking that it was odd, I tried to RDP back to the Windows Server at my house, but again the connection would not start. Checking on the sites that I normally run from my server, I began to get nervous when none of them would load.