Yesterday I quickly read through a post on Hacker News about creating a site for jobs for older people in the tech industry. I thought a little bit about it, and thought that maybe someone could do the same for Autistics (and other neurodivergent people possibly) so I put it on the back burner because well heck, I didn’t really want to go through the process of creating such a site at this time.
Where are we now?
I really didn’t want to spend the time doing this at the time I was reading the original post, I ended up going to bed. In the middle of the night I ended up waking up and getting really oddly inspired to just go ahead and do what I was going to do for it.
Getting Domain Names
I decided that I was going to register a domain name (possibly more than one) so went to Web Names and decided to look around on there. I saw a couple of names that I was interested in that were available, and one which I was interested in which was not. There was a 4th one where it was clear that someone actually was doing something with it, so I just ignored those.
Web Names offers the ability to “make an offer” on a domain name, so I selected these three options. The pricing which I was seeing was more or less in line with what the “cheaper” sites were listing so I figured go with the Canadian Registrar.
When I clicked “send” the prices that they were presenting were almost 3 times what it looked like they should have been costing. I wasn’t looking for anything other than purchasing the domain names (and making the offer on the other domain) so I decided to not go there (but I did ask why the discrepancy, will report back later when/if I get a response).
I have been working with two different companies which offer domain names, as well as other services, and have been happier recently with one of them, so decided to purchase the domain names from them.
But, that ended up being “not possible” for one of the domain names, so looked at the other registrar which I believe I could get that domain name through. I found that I could, so tried to get that, but it ended up falling through. So, that will have to wait for a week or so. Or maybe not.
Setting up hosting
Again, I wanted to try something new with my hosting, so I wanted to look at what would happen with the company “Digital Ocean” so I setup to be able to host there. The big advantage I see to them is that they seem to have the ability to host in Canada, and living, and being based in Canada, I thought this was a good idea.
I had not setup an account with them, and their pricing is a good bit more than what I am currently paying for hosting at Linode, but I am willing to pay a little more for hosting in Canada (well twice as much for roughly the equivalent to the smallest server I can get from Linode). When I registered they asked me to confirm that I am who I am, but heck why do I have to do that (they have received a payment actually at this point) and since I’m not really sure how long (or if) it will happen I went over to Linode and set things up there.
The site so far
The site is incredibly basic at this point. The idea which I got from the post I read was that of a minimum viable product (MVP) which is the “least you can do which actually can be considered an actual product”. With that in mind (and details from the post) I created a Typeform form for people to submit job listings.
That form I tested for the “Autism Jobs Quality Assurance” job (we’re accepting applications) and then worked on getting a static HTML version of the site up.
As it currently stands, there is that job listing there (that I hand coded) as well as the form itself.
Mentions of the site
I have mentioned the site on Hacker News, as well as on Reddit. I likely will mention this on my more “normal” social network sites such as Plurk, Twitter, and LinkedIn. I also consider the combination of this post, the site itself to be a Patreon Supported Thing, and I will see how all of this goes. I intend to write another post about it on the Open Psychology Project website within the next week.
With luck we actually will be having something more to say before too long.