It's ten years today since I registered the domain name for this blog, and a lot has changed in that time! I've gone from being at secondary school to being a full time, professional engineer. I've got a PhD. And I'm now married with a son!
Ten years is a long time in electronics, to put it into context the ARM Cortex-M3 is only 11 years old 1. Ten years ago the first ever video was uploaded to YouTube2 (which wasn't owned by Google), and Smartphones weren't a thing yet 3 4 .
It's been an educational experience running a website for so many years, I've gone through three hosting providers, 4 content management systems and many operating systems over the years. My current hosting provider Linode are easily the best hosting company I've dealt with. The content management has gone through two itterations of custom PHP a long spell using Drupal and is now back to a custom written application written with the Django framework. I've settled on a website hosting platform based on Debian, I switch between pure Debian and Ubuntu server.
I can genuinely recommend running a website as an exercise in learning how the internet really works. You'll learn loads about security, backups, practical content management and how to manage a server.
The content has been the most consistent thing on this site, with a few odd posts about other things (now migrated over to
I've renewed the domain for another 5 years. Let's see what the world of electronics is like by then!