Prior to the new launch, The FreeBSD Diary shared the http://www.dvl-software.com/ website along with http://www.racingsystem.com/ and
http://www.freebsdiary.com/. People have often asked why the Diary didn't have it's
own website. The reason was simple: money and knowledge. Or more precisely,
Long before I had ever heard about FreeBSD,
I started a website for my company, DVL Software.
On that site I also had the race timing software
which I had developed for friends and their mountain bike races. That website
was hosted by a commercial web hosting company (Web
Farm), mostly because I didn't have a webserver here. Remember, I didn't know
about FreeBSD then.
When I was introduced to FreeBSD, I did the Right Thing
(TM) and started keeping notes about what I was doing. There was so much to remember
that I had to write it down as I would not be able to remember it all. When I ran
into problems, as so often happens with newbies, I started to transcribe my notes into my
messages which I sent off to the -questions mailing list. I eventually started to
type my notes into my computer to make things easier. I then started to place parts
of my notes on my websites when they were too large to include in a mail message to the
list. I called that section of my site "FreeBSD Notes". As my
experience grew, I was able to answer other questions posted to the mailing list.
When I saw a question which dealt with a topic I had written about, I directed the people
at my notes. As the number of notes grew, I started to call it the FreeBSD
Diary. I eventually went out and registered the domain name. Unfortunately, I
selected freebsddiary.com, instead of freebsddiary.org. It wasn't until a few months
down the track that I realised the error of my ways and registered the .org domain.
The concept of a diary was obtained from a log book kept by a person I've met who is
building an airplane. It is a requirement of aircraft license that a full log book
is kept. Tony choose to do this on a website. It's actually quite interesting.
His log book is at http://www.kaon.co.nz/europa/index.html
and it's worth a look.
Over time, the popularity of The FreeBSD Diary increased and the content has grown to
cover a huge range of topics. I can now afford to give the
Diary its own website. This move is only possible through the generous sponsorship
of companies like Telenet (who produce high
performance internet servers). That's right. It's the ads
which allow me to keep this site going. I certainly could not host the site at home
given is traffic volume. Not to mention that I think the readers of this site
deserve a better quality service than can be provided by myself at home. The Diary
is hosted at a huge webfarm in Chicago. If something breaks while I'm at work or on
holiday, Web Farm will fix it faster than I ever