Do not be mistaken by its looks for 'tis nothing but a FreeBSD virtual machine running inside of a VMWare instance. And the nasty bit of information is the fact that the underlying OS is... get ready for it... it is Windows 10 Home. And before you ask, no it's not changing anytime soon. And I won't apologize to anyone for the same. Das ist mein server and I'll host it however I please to host it.

As the only backup machine, I'm not allowed to change its pre-installed OS. Doesn't matter how fucked up the current state of the OS is, I'm not allowed to change it. But I also can't bear the sight of an unused and neglected piece of good hardware being covered with dust and rotting in front of my eyes. Hence it is what it is.

Since I'm away from home, physical maintenance of the machine isn't a possibility for me either. But I assure you that Ariel (the VM) is well maintained and kept well up to date. Even though the entire web stack is hand compiled from source, I make sure to update to the latest versions of the pillars holding this website up.

Your visit is warmly welcomed and appreciated by the techinal monkey(s). If you would like to report any issues or give a feedback (technical or non-technical), you can reach me at

ariel # uname -apKU
FreeBSD ariel 14.0-RELEASE FreeBSD 14.0-RELEASE #0 releng/14.0-n265380-f9716eee8ab4: Sun Nov 12 16:06:59 IST 2023     root@ariel:/usr/obj/usr/src/amd64.amd64/sys/GENERIC amd64 amd64 1400097 1400097
ariel # 
ariel # /opt/ray/apache/httpd/bin/apachectl -V
Server version: Apache/2.4.58 (Unix)
Server built:   Oct 18 2023 00:13:56
Server's Module Magic Number: 20120211:129
Server loaded:  APR 1.7.0, APR-UTIL 1.6.1, PCRE 10.42 2022-12-11
Compiled using: APR 1.7.0, APR-UTIL 1.6.1, PCRE 10.42 2022-12-11
Architecture:   64-bit
Server MPM:     event
  threaded:     yes (fixed thread count)
    forked:     yes (variable process count)
Server compiled with....
 -D HTTPD_ROOT="/opt/ray"
 -D SUEXEC_BIN="/opt/ray/bin/suexec"
 -D DEFAULT_PIDLOG="var/apache/httpd/logs/"
 -D DEFAULT_SCOREBOARD="logs/apache_runtime_status"
 -D DEFAULT_ERRORLOG="logs/error_log"
 -D AP_TYPES_CONFIG_FILE="etc/apache/httpd/mime.types"
 -D SERVER_CONFIG_FILE="etc/apache/httpd/httpd.conf"
ariel # 
MariaDB [(none)]> \s
/opt/ray/mariadb/bin/mariadb from 11.0.3-MariaDB, client 15.2 for FreeBSD13.2 (amd64) using  EditLine wrapper

Connection id:		18
Current database:	
Current user:		mysql@localhost
SSL:			Cipher in use is TLS_AES_256_GCM_SHA384
Current pager:		less
Using outfile:		''
Using delimiter:	;
Server:			MariaDB
Server version:		11.0.3-MariaDB Source distribution
Protocol version:	10
Connection: via TCP/IP
Server characterset:	latin1
Db     characterset:	latin1
Client characterset:	utf8mb3
Conn.  characterset:	utf8mb3
TCP port:		3306
Protocol:		Compressed
Uptime:			11 days 21 hours 32 min 49 sec

Threads: 1  Questions: 809  Slow queries: 0  Opens: 231  Open tables: 84  Queries per second avg: 0.000
ariel # /opt/ray/pgsql/bin/psql -Upostgres -h127.0.0.1
Password for user postgres: 
psql (15.2)
SSL connection (protocol: TLSv1.3, cipher: TLS_AES_256_GCM_SHA384, compression: off)
Type "help" for help.

postgres=# \conninfo
You are connected to database "postgres" as user "postgres" on host "" at port "5432".
SSL connection (protocol: TLSv1.3, cipher: TLS_AES_256_GCM_SHA384, compression: off)
postgres=# \q
ariel #