My name is Karyl F. Stein and this is my website--a place to collect artifacts related to my family and interests. Family and friends may enjoy the journal entries. Perhaps some will wonder how I prepared a certain meal and look up the recipe. Searches for technical setup or configuration help may lead to one of my articles. Others may wonder how they got to this site and quickly run away! Whatever your reason for being here you are welcome and I hope that you find something interesting or useful within these pages.
When computers connect to each other over the Internet or on your home network they usually use something called an IP address to know how to reach the destination computer. Unless you have a "business class" Internet package, you are likely given a single, Internet-accessible IP address for your home network. Your network equipment then usually provides computers on your home network with IP addresses from a "private" pool. Those IP addresses are only used on your home network and cannot be accessed from the Internet.
DNS or domain name service is a way to translate a human-readable address such as karylstein.com and turn it into an IP address that a computer understands such as 188.8.131.52. The problem with most companies that provide home Internet is that your Internet-accessible IP address can and will change over time. That means if you want to be able to access your home network over the Internet using an easy-to-remember name, you need to make sure that the DNS server will provide the correct IP address even when it changes. That is where dynamic DNS comes into play. The main goals of the dynamic DNS service on the Stein Home Network are:
Every year over the holiday season there are usually changes to the Stein Home Network. This is because I have extra time with vacation and the like to work on projects. Usually those changes are limited to one or two modifications such as installing some new equipment, switching an existing service to a new technology, upgrading operating systems, or expanding a capability. However, for 2021 the Stein Home Network will undergo a major overhaul by moving some services to a third-party or appliance. The downsides of these changes are a reduction in capabilities such as fail-over of certain services, loss of control over some data, and additional financial costs due to third-party subscription costs. The benefits include simplification of the network, a reduction in hardware and energy consumption, and less regular needs to perform various maintenance tasks.
The main goal for this iteration is to simplify the network by reducing the number of servers and amount of software to maintain. To meet this goal, the following things are planned to be addressed:
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a way in which people can subscribe to a feed on a web site. Instead of visiting a web site to see what if any new articles of interest have been published, RSS may be used to detect new articles and possibly alert you when something new is available. An RSS Aggregator is a centralized system that subscribes to multiple RSS feeds and provides one place to view them all. In my case I have multiple news and humor sites to which I subscribe and want to be able to read all the articles from those feeds on multiple devices such as a computer, a phone, and a tablet. The main goals of my RSS Aggregation implementation are:
This meatloaf began as a Halloween-themed recipe I found on the Internet. However, my son and I liked it so much I cut the recipe into a third of the original, and cut out the "zombie-style" decorations for cooking any time of the year. Even though I usually use bison, the bacon around it and vegetables inside it keep the meat moist.
Home - Pretty much everything put on the site ends up here. If you want a full feed of all sections subscribe to this.
Cooking - Recipes plus ramblings about techniques, tools and more may be found here.
Technology - Information about the technology I use and how I use it.
Writing - Stuff that comes out of my mind and ends up on (digital) paper.
Résumé - I am not currently looking to switch jobs.
Family Site - Links to family photos and videos and more.
Contact - Click on "Contact Form" to send me an email.
This site is broken into a few blog-style sections and document download areas. At the bottom of each section are a couple subscribe options that you can use with your favorite RSS or ATOM reader.