Scott Onstott

Jun 102012

It’s been 2 weeks since I returned from Graz where I created AutoCAD videos in the recording studios of video2brain. It took me a solid week to get over the jet lag which was strangely worse for me traveling west this time.

The people who work at video2brain are fantastic and they run a top notch operation. I had a good time getting to know the people who work there and a few other trainers in the recording studios.

Here I am going up the funicular (very steep railway) to the Schlossberg in Graz, a town where Johannes Kepler, Nikola Tesla, and Erwin Schrödinger once lived. Not to mention Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Scott Onstott in Graz

Photo by Barbara Luef

One funny thing I discovered in a tourist shop is a sign that says No Kangaroos in Austria. A friend told me to make sure to visit the Great Barrier Reef while in Austria so I see how this sort of confusion happens all the time.

No Kangaroos in Austria

I’ll bet that there is a mountain of mail to Austria sitting in a warehouse in Australia and vice-versa.

Jun 102012

I’ve been running this domain for a dozen years which in computer time is an epoch, and in 2012 my site was finally hacked. After a delay of a couple of days to rebuild and start over from backup my site was restored and nothing was lost. However this event gave me an opportunity to re-evaluate my entire site.

I hand-coded it in the 1990s when the web was just a hobby and nobody knew if it would really take off. I patched it with new info over the years, a process which became more and more laborious. The hacker did me a favor because I realized that I should really start over anyway and build a modern database-driven site (duh!). So, after building my passion project with WordPress, I knew it was the perfect platform to build my next digital identify out the ashes of my old one. So here it is, the new improved Scott Onstott dot com, rising phoenix-like from the flames.

Phoenix firebird rising from the ashes of a hacked domain

The phoenix rising from the ashes of a hacked website