Max Ratmeyer's Blog
A high schooler's perspective on technology
The past decade, a major storm has been brewing. As the online platforms that we use every day have grown, so have their misinformation and echo chambers. Although in the past this issue has seemed distant and intangible, earlier this month we got a glance at what our future could look like if nothing changes.
This past weekend, my friend Akash and I attended Unihack, an international hackathon with a focus on solving civic issues. I've never attended a hackathon, so this was all new to me, but this was Akash's fourth hackathon. Going in, I was looking forward to building another project and playing around with some web development.
Last Friday, Cloudflare had a major outage which took down a good portion of the internet for about half an hour. While Cloudflare is an awesome service and they have a generous free tier, it begs the question whether so much of the internet should be centralized under one company, so I wanted to see what it would take for me to make my own CDN.
When I was building this blog, one of the decisions I had to make was where to host my media. One of the options was to just upload everything to my GitHub repository and deploy it along with the site, but in the long term that can get clunky because Git isn't ideal for handling tons of media. I also wanted to manage my media and photos separately from my website's GitHub repository, so I went with Amazon S3, Amazon's object storage service.
For a while now, I've wanted to build my own website and blog. The past few years, I've had a generic HTML5Up template up on my domain saying "Coming soon," which has been an ongoing joke to my friends because it has said the same thing for years.