In a different era, I’d have been the guy that got into fights and other people would have to drag home. I didn’t wanna be that guy

In a different era, I’d have been the guy that got into fights and other people would have to drag home. I didn’t wanna be that guy

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I was safe ’cause my grandmother was there. She was basically a nerd with stuff, into science shows, science fiction, fantasy stuff, so it was great for me.

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What’s awesome is there’s some websites which have *historical* tv schedules. So if you want to know what show you were watching 35 years ago at 8pm? You can find out. Such a time trip, I love it.

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Once you set up a server (for games, website, podcasts, whatever you’re into) and figure out how to get through your router’s firewall, there’s nothing you see on the internet that you can’t do from your own computer somehow. You got my support.

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it really is. I remember the future shows: SOMEDAY YOU’LL BE ABLE TO WATCH ANY MOVIE OR TV SHOW EVER MADE WHENEVER YOU WANT … and I was always like, “Come on hurry up hurry up I want that!” – and, well, now we have it.

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awesome! Hardest part is figuring out how you want to set up the server. There’s so many options. But once you get that, the hardest part is figure out how you want to set up your website. [use a CMS, write from scratch, flat file or database]… and *then* the hardest thing is figuring out how you want it to look / behave. THEN the hardest part is the content.

But it’s fun.

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That’s what great about the internet. Everything is basically ftp. File transfer. You stick files on your computer and other people can retrieve your files. You can also set it up where they can leave files on your computer.

You can also set it up so they can run files from your computer.
You can run files from their computer.

Whether it’s a gaming server, document server, video host, it’s really all exactly the same thing.

Of course it’s the details where it can get strange. But the ‘gist’ is opening up your computer to the world. Then setting aside a folder and subfolders that are exposed to the world. Then you control how stuff in those folders are accessed by the world.

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Some things you’ll need to hook into something corporate unless you’re ok with using numbers. Godaddy is a cheap way to get a domain name but there’s tons of others you can use.

So that will tie you into some corporate. But there’s ways around that too. For example, you can use dynamic DNS which is probably better for hosting from home at least at first because there’s a great free resource for that:

http://freedns.afraid.org/ is excellent. Been around forever. With them, you can get _something_ other than just numbers to give to people, something clever sounding.

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a) set your computer up as static IP. b) open up your computer’s firewall to port 80. c) open up your router to port 80. d) test that the world can see it using the “can you see me” site. e) find some webserver software, install and learn it f) start running a web server instance g) install wordpress or some other CMS so you’re not tearing your hair out reinventing the wheel h) start putting up content.

Then you can head over to freedns, sign up. Then under their “Dynamic DNS” use the same IP address you saw on the “can you see me” site and give it a name that’s free.

Then people will be able to do http something something and see the stuff from your computer.

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You could theoretically have it up and running in an hour or less. Realistically, it’ll take a little longer because Murphy’s Law always holds. [something will always go wrong along the way]. But theoretically, doesn’t take long.

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When I was running a Minecraft server for my nephew, I had literally hundreds and hundreds of people wanting to start up their own Minecraft servers. They had it much harder because they had to get the router name/password and if their parents or whoever conrolled their internet were the least bit security minded, they couldn’t. [for that they had to use Hamachi, which was a social step down in running a Minecraft server but they’d do it if they had to].

So I got used to writing how “how to expose your computer to the internet so you can share something special from you” quickly because I too believe in your dream.

“. People need to start taking their own independent initiatives.”

In their case it was their Minecraft worlds that they controlled. In yours, its your digital headquarters. I get really glad when someone genuinely takes that step into this. The most you really have to worry about is getting ddosed and that’s not as big of a deal as people make of it. I mean you *could* install a very poor security server that compromises your computer but that’s actually kind of hard to do as server technologies have matured long ago where any “damage” is solely to the virtual file system that’s exposed to the net not the whole of your computer.

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I use a remote hosting service for those reasons but I think it’s a great experience to go through the process for yourself at least once in your life. There’s really something magical about exposing your computer to the world and whatever happens, good or bad is up to you. If there’s a security problem? You forgot to do something and you learn not to do it again. If it’s popular? You realize you need to up your bandwidth. etc.

It takes the magic out of the hands of others and into yours because you know every step of the process firsthand now.

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Seems like curiosity. Exploring limits. “I want to do it all. Can I?”

It’s like having sex. You can read about it (Sex Ed). Pay other people to do it for you (porn). But if you never do it yourself, you never *really* know it and the only way to get to the point of doing it yourself is enthusiasm.

I read lots of enthusiasm in his post here. I think he’s ready to give it a shot.

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Strange Loop Hofstadter’s version of Murphy’s Law *is* much better. It adds the fractal, recursive nature of projects, goal completion,, troubleshooting, dealing with expected and expecting the unexpected including the impossible to expect. I like it!

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Oh I understand. It’s just that enthusiasm is a fragile thing. One example from my life: As a kid I’d play the piano for hours and hours. I didn’t know what I was playing but stuff came out of me and was enjoying it.

But if someone said “Can you play a little quieter?” that’d kill it, even if it was “I love what you’re playing! It’s beautiful but…”

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It’s like that wicked girl with the pigtails on Little House on the Prairie. She played her part *so well* that I hated her. That’s good acting there because I was convinced.

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Oh! They shut down in 2011! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Jersey_Network

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Do you remember the Uncle Floyd Show? That was on NJN. And Governor Christie shut down NJN.

Another reason not to like the guy. Glad I’m not in NJ anymore

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dear lord he’s still around and STILL DOING IT. amazing.
http://www.unclefloyd.net/

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Hitcherhiker’s Guide was huge to me as a kid. Saw the BBC TV of it, probably on channel 13, whoever also played Monty Python, which I also watched.. as well as all the British comedies and mysteries.

Last Man On Earth sounds interesting – I don’t know if I’ve heard it it. I’ll look into it!

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Loved Are you Being Served! Saw every one of them. Any British comedy they played in the 80s on 13, I probably saw them all. Also watched Mystery! with my mother and grandmother so I saw most of those as well.

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wow – I was reading up on it. the show ran for *six hours*? That’s almost unthinkable. 6 hours, that’s just amazing.

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Love learning these bits of info. Like after Wonderama was cancelled, Bob moved on to start “Kids are People Too”, which he then ended up getting fired from. [how nice to start a show and then get fired from it!] – but I remember a little bit of this show. It was for teenagers, and I was like 8-10 and found shows for teenagers a little long and boring with too much talking. But I’d watch it sometimes.

I didn’t see the KISS episode but seeing this reminds me of the show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNIDy6z03nw

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Yeah, I couldn’t do it either. Every single day you have to be “on”. But I think that’s the difference between extraverts and introverts. Extraverts get their batteries charged when they’re around a lot of people. Introverts get drained after a while.

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[also just learned: Uncle Floyd is 65. I thought he was much older than that!]

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geez this is a throwback for me as well. “Whiz Kids”. Didn’t see every episode but as I was perfectly at the age for the show, I loved the fact that they were VERY technically accurate on the show. They threw a lot of buzzwords that computer geeks like me knew and they used everything correctly.

It was about high school hackers who solve crimes which today would be like a mystery starring Anonymous :P [’cause hackers were ooo scary then]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiz_Kids_(TV_series)

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