Periodically I wonder whether to spend money on the home PC or to think about paying for permanent ``cloud'' services, whether that’s a VPS or other hosted services. It’s a microcosm of the corporate “cloud vs on-premises” debate. Lacking any real data I’d failed to make any commitment either way.
So I put out the call at work, asking to borrow an inline power meter, and a day or two later came home with two of them!
I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.
Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.