Welcome to langlie.com; my name is Stein Langlie. I initially created this website in 1997, when the internet was a baby. The site was first hosted at Erols Internet, which was spun off from a video rental business in the 1990s. The original Langlie.com was written in Perl as a side project because I thought it would be cool to own the family name as a domain and have a custom email address. At the time I was just starting my professional career as a programmer and saw the opportunity to use my skills to start a business.

I started hosting websites running Windows Server 2000 out of our spare bedroom. As I was getting serious about the business I bought hardware as well as software licenses to support the hosting operations which included DNS, E-mail, FTP and of course Websites. As our family started to grow the hosting business began to live in the basement and take up more space. This is where you may expect to hear about the wealth that came with these business decisions but that's not quite how things worked out.

While I had heart and dedication, it still took 15 years of struggle to fully appreciate that scalability, repeatability and volume are abolutely critical to any endevour. During the peak hosting times my business had around fifteen customers acquired mostly through word-of-mouth. But rather than tout a pricier botique offering, hosting was priced so that it was similar to the big ISPs and hosting companies. Looking back, that was a poor business decision because while the revenue paid for the DSL connection it never produced a profit.

After ten years I bought a couple rack-mountable servers and moved into a proper data center and abandoned the DNS hosting, but the financials never improved. After a couple more years I went fully virtual and rented a virtual Windows server. However at this point fielding any type of customer request simply cost me time and by inference money. Through the years the web business was always a side-gig; I still had a regular full-time job and a family to support. In retrospect it was great experience from many angles - but I probably should have asked for help, tried to find business partners and tried to scale the business up in the early days. That knowledge is hindsight.

About 5 years ago I helped the last few clients move to another host, so now it's just me and Langlie.com again. It's 2020 now and things have changed a lot. The simplicity of those early sites and life in general has been eclipsed by powerful applications that run through your browser. I think this is a good thing - but I digress.

Oh, wow. . . you're still reading?! Fantastic. Maybe you want to know more about me personally or more about the Langlie family. You are in luck. Please check out some family artifacts, Andrea's fine art or a javascript demo I wrote for fun. Of course you can always find my number and give me a call; I'm looking forward to it.

It has been a Pleasure Catching Up With You.

Have a Great Day!
Stein Langlie