The Albericos, chronicles the life of Angelo, Lori and Dominic Alberico. Expect to find stories, photos and videos.
Angelo is a technical minded guy, who currently works at a 3D Architectural Illustration company.
Lori is an elementary school teacher.
If you would like to get in touch with us, please use theÂ contact form. You can also directly email us but we don’t publicly post our email address, especially where a search robot can archive it (we don’t like spam) but if you think about it hard enough you can probably deduce our what our email address are!
This is probably going to read silly, but I thought it was important to remember, for some strange reason. So here it is, as best I can remember.
I started to learn networking and then webservers/linux back in 1996. I had a (terrible) website hosted via my ISP and it turned into a page just to add crap to so I could showcase (mostly to myself I’m sure) what I had learned about html and various web technologies.
A few years later (1999 ish) and I’m now hosting out of the house using the (fast) cable connection. I decided, as the (only) family IT it was my responsibility to built an online presence so to try to buy alberico.com, but found I missed buying it by a few months. I guess I gave up on the idea.
Fast forward a couple more years (2002ish) and after and hoping alberico.com would expire (there wasn’t much of a website for a while and it nearly did, i watched those records like a hawk). It was renewed and I gave up and decided to snag alberico.net and angeloalberico.com and park these two domains on one of the servers I had been managing for a few years.
I grew tired of hosting from home (though it was nice for school projects and file storage) so I move my crude website and galllery (still largely static) to the server.
Now that I was on a real web server with a real database, scripting engine, and a real email server, I started by installing gallery, which I was using on a few other for pay sites and saw how well it worked. After getting my gallery up I was learning PHP and MySQL so I wrote a very crude “blog”. It wasn’t much of a blog and more of an updates/news list. But it was dynamic and I was proud. Around this time I decided to use alberico.net for email and setup my family with addresses.
Over the next few years I found it much easier and more exciting to keep updating the gallery, so the “blog” just collected dust. As I realized my current job was SUCKING so much more, and I was getting more free time to tinker while at work (to keep busy and keep sane) I began to look at blog software. I setup some test sites and liked what I saw in a few blogging engines. Well I quit my job and started up a company, so I pushed the test sites to the side while things were busy for the next few months.
Once things calmed down I finally came to the conclusion between two blog/CMS software packages, Mambo and WordPress. I really did think I was going to build a large website so Mambo CMS seemed to fit my needs better. So, finally in october of 2005 I turned on Mambo and started blogging as the Captain’s Quarters.
After using Mambo a few months, I relized it really was way more than I needed and wordpress was just as good for most things and also very lightweight. So I switched over to wordpress and have been posting on that platform since.
I called the site Captain’s Quarters as an homage to my former life working as a Pirate at some large Theme Park located somewhere in Anaheim, CA. <!—<a href=”http://alberico.net/wp/wp-gallery2.php?g2_view=core.ShowItem&g2_itemId=3843”>—>Here are some photos<!—</a>—> (Whoops photos are still down).
I wanted to start to do a proper blog because I never liked journaling but I felt it was beneficial to write about random happenings in my life, so I could have something to look back on (besides a bunch of photos with no descriptions). I also wanted to blog because I had people always asking me where did I find this or that, or how did I know that, so I felt the blog would allow me to communicate tips and my thoughts to people and hopefully help them.
Since I had started (properly) blogging as *The Captain* I would encourage or recommend that Lori should also blog (afterall she’s had a domain name since we were engaged). The common answers to my encouragement was something along the lines of either “I never have anything to say” or “I have a myspace”.
Last year we intended to start a family. When we were finally blessed in last October, I found that each time I would post to the *Captain’s Quarters* it just didn’t make sense as it was. I’m beginning to think more family oriented and realized that my posting would likely revolve around our coming child. It became apparent to start a family blog.
Months have passed (8 to be exact) and I think I’ve finally talked Lori into using the blog. So as of 6/6/08 (exactly 1 month left until Dominic arrives) I switched off “The Captain’s Quarters” and switched on “The Albericos”
Angelo or Lori post content, and each post author is indicated. The posts are organized by date. Posts are tagged with a few relevant keywords. There is a tag list to the left side of the main post area where you can click and retrieve the related posts. Larger sized words means means that tag is more common. You are also welcome to search the posts for a specific phrase or word. There is a block on the left hand side which contains a random image from the gallery, clicking the image takes to it’s corresponding gallery page.
Angelo has included his shared google reader feed, which contains posts he’s found interesting (and often commented on if you click and visit the corresponding page.) Angelo has also included a Last.FM recently played tracks feed in this left hand column.
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