8/9/05: Welcome to DinoFilias.com! That's me, Dino Filias, in
the upper left, and my wife, Danielle Filias, in the upper right.
This site started out in my basement as a bulletin
board. I had a computer set up as a server, ran Microsoft
IIS, and pointed the domain name to my broadband's somewhat-static
IP address (it has only changed once in six years).
board was a structured solution to email debates Dan G.
and I were having about spirituality, divinity, philosophy,
and everything else in between. It's what started it all. The
board spawned into a much larger entity, covering topics
from anthropology to zoology, and the site now resides on an
off-site remote server. The bulletin
board now feeds the index page with news feeds, which was
my early, pioneering attempt at creating a makeshift portal.
Next obsession was setting up live webcams
throughout my house. I configured my router to allow incoming
http requests and port-forwarded those requests to specific
computers that acted as webcam servers. Now that I'm married,
those webcams have been decomissioned, but I promise I'll find
a public place for them in the future (like the attic, garage,
or inside my computer.
The next time-consuming obsession was compiling a photo
album and video
album. I discovered a really slick Perl application named
Once configured, I simply FTP folders full of pictures to a
photo album, and album.pl
does the rest including generating thumbnails, creating navigation
trees, and everything else in-between... all on-the-fly. A side
bonus is that it's tied directly into the bulletin
board member permissions, so members can upload their own
pictures into their personal directories. Having an online photo
album has been a daunting task, and I'm still scanning old
family photo albums to this day.
I added a few other fun applications such as a link
index that allows anybody (literally... not a great
thing) to update the index with links to other sites. I just
went through today and deleted twenty links to online poker.
I added a few java games just
to see if I could. And there's even a little application that
It's very basic but a fun tool if you don't want your IT Manager
to read your emails about corporate espionage.
Final addition to the site was my personal blog. The only difference
than my rantings and ravings you read on the bulletin
board is that my blog is one-way. It's usually just everyday
life from the mind of Dino that isn't important enough to warrant
That's all for now. Enjoy!