For a number of years (more than I can remember, but between 15 and 20) I’ve had my web hosting on a box in my office beside my desk on a machine called pcbo.dcs.aber.ac.uk. We’ve had our ups and downs over the years, but she became so long in the tooth, and a security scan last week prompted me to do something about it finally. Today I pulled the plug on her (literally), and have switched over to my new rented server in a different country.
No longer will I hear the rattling of the hard drive when someone looks through a lot of my photos or web crawlers start indexing my site, and it’s just a silent beige box waiting to be thrown out.
All that remains are all the blog posts that I moved over onto this new server, and a CNAME record that redirects all traffic to the new box. Some links from pcbo will still work, but most will change – this is a new machine with different operating system and web server software, much more modern and up-to-date, which should be able to cope with security patches much better.
It’s really something I should have done years ago, but now it’s less of a worry that I could be an attack vector on the university network.
So long, old girl. You were old and noisy, and the office is quieter now.