We passed our first identity validation!
Good news AND Bad News
I’m a firm believer in transparency. The more the people know, the better. Today we successfully validated multiple pieces of a persons identity. That’s the good news.
THE BAD NEWS
This morning I was working on my office network and I had to call the ISP to make some configuration changes which are out of my control. The ISP made the configuration changes BUT they changed my static IP in the process. For those of you who don’t understand what I’m talking about, that’s the equivalent of getting every lock changed on your house and car and not having the keys to any of the doors.
The Mass Address servers are locked down. This means that no one can access them from the inside or outside world without being on the access list. Welp, when the ISP changed my static IP address, guess who was no longer on the list…
The hosting provider we are using to test the Mass Address software has TERRIBLE customer service. The only reason we are using them right now is because the cost is VERY low per server. Since we are bootstrap funded, it’s all we can afford.
Once our code is fully vetted, we will need to switch hosting providers. Right now, my only concern is this source code working. Our servers are located in Switzerland. Switching data centers is expensive.
We’re also out of money. There have been multiple unexpected expenses that have shown up which depleted much needed resources. 1 of the monitors I was using to monitor the servers broke during my family move. I had to buy a new one.
I have until tomorrow night to decide what I am going to do about the servers. The devops team will be deploying the code soon and I have to make sure all of those firewalls are configured correctly. It’s hard to configure a firewall you cannot access. :-o
We will make it to the finish line if I have to sell my car to do it. 31 December. Go big or go home.