Good grief, has it really been twenty years?
Back in 1996 I left UEA in Norwich early to pursue a career and ended up working for a company in Aylsham Road that specialised in building, selling, and repairing PCs. They took me on because I had experience with Linux as they wanted to set-up an ISP. So I was charged with setting up the servers and infrastructure which would provide dial-up access to 400 customers and web hosting to a variety of local businesses and personal users.
On this day in 1997 I asked my boss if I could register my own domain for the purposes of testing stuff. As we were members of Nominet, I used the automaton to generate the request and send it off as a PGP signed email. There were no fancy point and click web interfaces in those days!
In the twenty years since drake.org.uk’s registration, I’ve changed jobs many times. Moved home multiples times. Got married. Got divorced. And I’ve been travelling a lot too. A quarter of my adult lifetime. And my domain has been with me in one form or another during all that time. I’ve ran multiple email services (settling on G Suite – but known as Google Apps for Your Domain back in 2006), multiple web servers (Zeus, Apache, IIS, and nginx to name a few), different web hosting providers. But I’ve always been a blogger.
I’ve used the WayBack machine to go back through some of my old drake.org.uk web pages/blog posts. Some of it WTF, some of it has me raging about this or that, and some of it deeply sad (when it came to IVF treatment).
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Sometime after that there are a number of posts about the ectopic pregnancy. It was perhaps one of the most awful times in our lives and I’d really rather not post them here (although you can still read them on the WayBack machine).
It lead to a great deal of depression which I still struggle with today (though I don’t take medicine for it – I felt at the time that I don’t think the drugs that I was given did much anyway). These days I deal with depression in a variety of ways – this blog (having an outlet to rant is great, though there are times I know I go overboard and have to tone things down a bit – thankfully my Dad reads everything and provides me feedback if I do!), the other is travelling – something I’m looking to do more of. A bit difficult when one is single, but there are plenty of things I can still do.
It’s an ongoing struggle, but I seem to be winning for the most part.
Anyway, back to happier things.
So happy 20th birthday, Drake.org.uk. Here’s to the next 20 years (good grief, I’ll be 60 by that time!).