nilFM

this site

domain

I picked this domain back in 2012 and have stuck with it ever since. It was originally solely a place to host my mixes -- hence the name, resembling a radio station -- but organically evolved over time into what you see here.

The current meaning of the domain name is: From Nothing, Frequency Modifying Cyber Core

server

This server is a VPS hosted by BuyVM. I have known Francisco, the founder, for a long time, and his hosting business has always been top-tier and very affordable.

I run this server on a simple stack of Void Linux and lighttpd. The website itself is a static site generated with eureka.

the design

The design of this website is deliberately spartan. That means no Javascript, no web fonts, no on-demand content generation (with the exception of the hack lab). There are also no cookies and no tracking. I make use of plenty of CSS3 in the layout and styling of this site, but it still functions perfectly with CSS disabled. This, as well as accessibility for the blind, are the result of a simple semantically consistent HTML structure.

Another consideration is accessibility over poor internet connections. All images are either hand-optimized (background/banner images and SVG icons) or optimized by resizing and dithering (thumbnails). This, combined with the aforementioned points, leads to even the heaviest pages on the site having low payload size and quick load times.

I encourage other web developers and designers to follow this approach whenever possible, or only use Javascript and remote content when absolutely necessary, as this leads to a more accessible and less wasteful internet.