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Hello Family and Friends,

I just wanted to let you know that the Hildreth Server has been drastically improved by making the thumbnails load 100% faster. Now, it’s practically instant viewing pleasure.

Also, I thought I would take some time now and show you a few features that you’ll find when you get there. You may already know about them, but I’d like to tell you anyways.

Thumbnails:
Thumbnails
Something that I’m most proud of because it makes going through pictures enjoyable. The main benefit is that you can see a smaller “preview” of what the actual full sized image looks like so you’ll know if you want to view it or not.

Directory Download:
Download Directory
So, what happens when you see a folder with 52 pictures and you want them all? If it weren’t for this nice little feature, you’d be stuck downloading them one-by-one. Now, just simply click on the link and download the whole thing!

New Images Indication:
New Images
This one is pretty neat just because it lets you know what’s new in my pictures. So, if you see the “New” image, you’ll know that it has been freshly uploaded within the last 5 days.

Search :
Search
If you’ve seen a picture that you’d like, but you don’t know where to begin looking, then use this feature. Simply type in some keywords (like “Qeirstyn” or “Cabin”) and *poof* it will show you what you’re looking for.

File Information:
file_info
This is more-so just detailed stuff, but you can see how many times each file has been downloaded, when it was modified, and how large the file is.

Breadcrumb Trail:
breadcrumb
This just makes navigation through the gallery easier. Click on the link and it will bring you to that directory. Click on the period “.” to get back to the very beginning.

I hope you like the Hildreth Server. I feel that it’s valuable to everybody and myself, so keep using it! Remember that the hours of operation are around 9AM to 9PM everyday (or when my laptop is on).

-Derek

PS. All this was made possible by a script called AutoIndex.

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This is my attempt at guiding new webmasters (like myself) through the setup process of setting up a simple web server for friends and family (and possibly, with a little bit of creativity on your side, a full-blown web host like those you usually pay for). I will provide commands to execute in the Linux terminal, the programs needed, and some programs that I would highly suggest….

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Tutorial: Setup Your Own (Self-Hosted) Simple Web Server for Free on DerekHildreth.com/Blog

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So, I just setup my laptop to run my own little HTTP server (called the Hildreth Server) so that friends and family can have access to ALL of my pictures in their full resolution glory. If you didn’t catch it before, it’s hosted on a laptop, so downtime will surely be there. It’s live whenever my laptop is on and connected to the internet. The address is http://sendderek.dyndns.org and I have included that link in the blogroll (on the right hand side of this page) for easy access. The only unfortunate side of this server is that it’s only going to be here until April, so you’d better take advantage of it now.

On the Hildreth Server, you’ll find it’s quite simple. There are a few links to various places included my pictures folder as well as my music folder. Also, there are a few links to some of my other places online. Here’s a screenshot for proof:

Now, there are some restrictions to the website. I didn’t want all of my pictures/music up for the whole world to see, so they have been password protected. If you are family or a friend, then you should have gotten the e-mail with the username and password for both places. If you’ve lost it, contact me with an email or instant message and I’ll get it to you again.

Thanks for checking it out!

For those geeks of you wondering, it’s powered by Apache and Fedora 8 Linux. I may write up a tutorial on how to setup your own webserver later. If you have any requests, just let me know. 

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