As you might know, I used to run this weblog on a virtual server hosted by Hosteurope, the smallest possible configuration. However a small virtual server doesn’t seem to be enough for even the smallest weblog possible (at least when it’s written in Rails…), so I moved this weblog to my own server today.
The trick is that I got a DynDNS domain and point my real domain (martin-probst.com) to that one through a CNAME record, and the media server / TV in my living room happily serves the files.
$ dig www.martin-probst.com [... snip ...] ;; ANSWER SECTION: www.martin-probst.com. 81215 IN CNAME martinpr.homeip.net. martinpr.homeip.net. 60 IN A 126.96.36.199
The server is a new Mac mini, so it will certainly not have the dreaded out of memory problems. I think I’m even saving money - Apple claims an idle energy consumption of about 14 Watt, which should be slightly cheaper than my server hosting in total. Of course this calculation doesn’t include the hardware, but I wanted that media server anyway ;-)
In the process I also upgraded Rails to 2.3.4, which was a bit painful. But I came from 1.2.something, so some friction probably has to be expected.