Most young professionals come to the point in their career where they need an online professional portfolio to advance their career.  They search online, find a hosting provider, and construct the portfolio using the provided tools.  How many people actually view the resulting website (other than their mothers) is not clear to me, but it’s a check box to be ticked off the career advancement checklist, I suppose.

For me?  Careers are great and all, but computers are even better.  Collecting computers that I don’t need is one of my personal vices (up to six now), and I was looking for an excuse to buy another Raspberry Pi.  Ex post facto I convinced myself that I bought it to run a secure web server, because that’s an aspect of computing I’m woefully inexperienced in.  This is my web server, sandwiched between a Roku 2 and a Starbucks membership card provided for reference:

Raspberry Pi Webserver

However, I needed content to serve, since most people aren’t impressed by the ability to serve content.  My mom liked the first version of this site, a HTML document created in vim saying “Hi mom!”, but my friends were less impressed.  Let alone Joe Googler.  So I decided to make a professional portfolio, since everyone else is doing it, and I should also tick off that check box.

The website uses WordPress because I’m familiar with administering WordPress websites from the ELSI project, but I may switch to Django one day just for kicks.  Or make another web server running Django.  It’s been a while since I bought a new Raspberry Pi.