About this site

From 1997-2022, this site ran on a server I administered myself. No longer. It's now hosted as a simple bucket with a load balancer on the Google Cloud Platform.

The Google infrastructure is managed "as code" using terraform. Few other tools are involved - the code of the site is still hand-rolled for better or worse.

guts of 1U server

My server still lives on - sam.julianhaight.com, named for the brave Sam Gamgee, Frodo Baggins' tireless servant from J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy The Lord of the Rings. It follows a long tradition of Unix machines named after mythological figures from Tolkien and other classics.


  • 64 bit Ubuntu Linux
  • Apache HTTP Web Server with modules for perl and python scripting
  • Postfix SMTP Mail server
  • djbdns DNS cache and authoritative server (tinydns)
  • MySQL SQL database software


  • Supermicro bare-bones server configured by abmx.com
  • Intel 6600 (64 bit, 2 cores, 2.4Ghz, 1Ghz FSB, 4MB cache) (4780 BogoMIPS per core)
  • 4GB memory
  • 500Gb disk array (3ware SATA raid1)


Sam is hosted by Accretive Technology in a Switch and Data facility in Seattle's internet nexus, the Westin office building.


I maintain my own server now mainly for nostalgic purposes and because I have a nice hosting arrangement. Google now hosts my site and handles my email (for the most part). I might repurpose sam to mine AVAX cryptocurrency in the future.