Offsite Backup, Take 2

Tag: , , — October 31, 2006 @ 1:23 pm Comments 6

Jeremy Zawodny’s blog post from early last month has prompted me to look at offsite backup solutions again. Currently I am backing up all my websites, from various servers and accounts, to my home server using rsnapshot, running at 4am every morning. So far so good, and I loves the flexibility of rsnapshot. I guess […]

Time to try Ubuntu?

Tag: , — October 27, 2006 @ 11:55 am Comments 5

I originally commented on Isabel Wang’s blog post on Ubuntu Linux and dedicated server providers, but somehow the comment disappeared. Hopefully it is not censorship in place :) So I am gathering my thoughts again, and will put them here. I am a long time Gentoo Linux man, which is not hard to figure out […]

BlueHost Takes a Stand on Ethics

Tag: , — October 26, 2006 @ 5:04 am Comments 4

Last night I was bashing BlueHost for suspending Zazz’s site, but there’s something that I need to applause BlueHost for — Matt Heaton is standing firm on not hosting adult sites. Not because they chew through bandwidth, but it is simply not ethical. Bluehost does not and will not tolerate adult material of any kind […]

Thou Shalt Not Host Thy Business Site on Shared Hosting

Tag: , — October 25, 2006 @ 3:13 pm

Seriously. If your business depends solely on your website, and you are expecting lots of visitors when sales are on — don’t host it on a shared host. Especially ones that are obviously overselling.

Sun Blackbox – Rapidly Deployable Data Center

Tag: , — October 18, 2006 @ 7:01 am Comments 3

Sun‘s Project Blackbox — data center in a standard 20-foot shipping container, coming mid-next year, which CEO Jonathan Schwartz introduced here. Up to 250 servers, or 1.5 perabytes of storage. All you need is space, power and water to have your own data center hosted. Let me check my backyard — space? Just fit. Power? […]

Media Temple’s Grid-Server

Tag: , — October 18, 2006 @ 5:15 am Comments 13

Via TechCrunch, MediaTemple has introduced its Grid-Server hosting product, superseding their old shared hosting products. It is basically a cluster of web servers/application servers connecting to a fast array of storage (SAN?), and load balancers or routers placed in front of the web servers to evenly distribute the requests across individual physical servers in the […]

Farewell Unixshell

Tag: , , — October 12, 2006 @ 6:43 am

Sunday evening. I sent an email to Unixshell billing with a request to terminate my account. A few email exchanges later, on Monday evening, my ex-7 month old Xen VPS stopped responding to ping, and I was no longer a Unixshell customer.

Compiling with DistCC on low memory VPS

Tag: , , — October 9, 2006 @ 8:44 am

Two months ago I had written an article on tuning GCC parameters for compilation under low-memory VPS, by limiting the maximum memory it can use, which is often useful on user-bean-counter based VPS’s (OpenVZ and non-SLM Virtuozzo). It worked in most cases on my 256Mb VPS at VPSLink, but in some circumstances the packages just […]

Happy Birthday DreamHost

Tag: — October 4, 2006 @ 6:50 am Comments 7

DreamHost is turning 9, and has announced a few crazy things in its birthday bash.

Python Web-Application Hosting

Tag: , — October 1, 2006 @ 12:33 pm Comment 1

While I am doing most my own websites are done in PHP, during the day I wrote web-based financial-planning applications for one of the largest deployment in Australia in this simple, elegant and yet powerful programming language — Python. Python is a great language, and there are many great Python web frame-works out there (which […]