Articles tagged in hosting

  1. Hosting for Playground Moved Again

    This "blog" has seriously not been touched for over a year. Moreover it felt like I have not blogged for a very long time and almost forgot how it felt to write. Here is just a PSA -- I have moved the hosting for this Pelica powered site back to DreamHost, just to consolidate. After all it's just a static site -- nothing more than thousands of scattered HTML and resource files. Since I already have a DreamHost account (for the last 11.5 years) with "unlimited storage and unlimited bandwidth" I might as well use it to hosting this site and let the experts worrying about the servers.

    On a related event, I recently acquired a Sydney dedicated server from OVH (the big France hosting company) via this OzBargain deal. After much delay the server finally got delivered almost 4 months later. Pretty good spec (E3-1245v5, 32GB RAM, 2x 480GB SSD) but some unrealiable routing. For example round trip to Singapore takes 500ms via New Jersey, and round trip to my Network Presence VPS next door (in Equinix SY1) takes 230ms via LA. Running Debian 8 + LXC at the moment, this will eventually replace the dedicated server I got from Exigent last year. Sneaky Exigent has recently increasing their price by 10% by claiming the plan price is now ex-GST. Actually the 2nd time got stunned by Exigent since 2010 -- shame on me.

  2. Larry/Netregistry Complained About Uneven Playing Field

    Via Delimiter.com.au, Larry Bloach of Netregistry backs Gerry Harvey's campaign on applying GST to imported goods/services.

    I personally don’t care if Harvey Norman’s or Myer’s profitability is adversely affected but the uneven playing field does affect hundreds of thousands of Small Businesses, and for the families and employees of these, it’s another matter all together.

    He seems to have quite a bit of distortion on what an average Australian person believe. Too much a blind faith I'll say.

    Whilst we all like a good, cheap deal, we as a nation are fair people. We won’t wear sports shoes delivered cheaply to us on the back of child labor in Asian sweatshops. Similarly, we shouldn’t be so quick to save a buck when it comes unfairly at the cost of a battling small Australian retailer who is immediately 10% less competitive due to a tax loophole delivered to non-Australian retailers.

    Like Gerry Harvey's case, it would be a trivial problem if the only disparity between Australian goods/services and overseas imported equivalent is 10% in pricing. However the fact that it is not. Larry is in domain and hosting business and he should know. Especially with hosting -- overseas vendors are way more than 10% cheaper than Australian providers, and in many cases, arguably more reliable as well.

  3. Virtual Private Servers under 7 Bucks

    LowEndBox.com: Virtual Private Servers Comparison Matrix for VPS plans and providers under $7 USD a month. I am talking about a complete Linux server with root account and a dedicated IP address (not some dodgy oversold shared hosting plans), although most low-end plans have no more than 64MB of …
  4. A few web-hosting accounts to give away

    Long story short. I am currently leasing an under-utilised Virtual Private Server (VPS) in Los Angeles. I have 5 free web hosting accounts to give to friends of this blog. Here are the specs: Lxadmin control panel running on Lighttpd (i.e. no .htaccess) 250Mb storage 5Gb monthly data transfer …
  5. WordPress.com + Your Domain Only $10/year

    Matt of WordPress.com has announced domain registration and mapping for their blogging service -- $10/year if you already have a domain registered, or $15/year if you register through them. Very well priced service on a very scalable platform. I'll sign up if I don't already have more blog …
  6. DreamHost's 200Gb/2Tb Madness

    Bah! I thought it was crazy earlier this year when DreamHost quadrupled the storage space and octupled monthly data transfer. Apparently it was saner than I thought, as they have just increased the storage by 10 fold and doubled the bandwidth. Now there are over 200Gb of storage and over …
  7. Why WordPress.com's VIP Hosting is not for me

    Matt Mullenweg of WordPress.com has released VIP Hosting, where you get to host your blog on WP.com's load balancing failover-ready hardware/infrastructure, using your own domain name, and there will be dedicated system administrators looking after network, hardware, database, web server and installation of WordPress to ensure everything …
  8. Unfuddle Free SVN Hosting

    Unfuddle is a secure, hosted software development environment and project management solution for small software development teams. It's like SourceForge which has good project management tools. It is like Google Code Project Hosting and very Web 2.0'ish, and has a Subversion repository. Unlike others though, is that hosted project …
  9. Easy Way to Speed Up Your Blog

    Have you noticed that Scott Yang's Playground has been quite a bit faster over the last two days? It loads faster, renders faster, and Scott's meaningless muse appears in front of you faster! How did I do it? No. I did not have a secret version of WordPress that can …
  10. Australian or Overseas Web Hosting?

    I wrote this quite a while ago on Whirlpool forum over a debate on Australian verses overseas (usually US-based) web hosting. Thread has since been closed (not my fault :) but I think I will repost my thoughts here, looking at what is the most suitable web hosting solution for Aussies …
  11. Subversion Hosting at DreamHost

    Sorry that I have not been blogging here for weeks -- very busy at work which translates very little time coding for my own. I wish I can just write about all the WTF I've enountered at work over the past weeks, trying to make a multi-threaded CORBA-interfaced Python app server …
  12. The Dark Side of DreamHost (and Shared Hosting)

    Imagine this. Like a Buffet Restaurant?! You have booked yourself and a couple of friends to this nice seafood buffet restaurant downtown. It has everything -- nice food (and lots of them), good experience, live music, and the best of all -- it is cheap. It costs you only five bucks to …
  13. DreamHost Crazy Domain Insane now with Custom DNS

    I have been running some of my sites on DreamHost or 2 months. I initially joined the Crazy Domain Insane hosting plan, which provides me more-than-enough storage space and bandwidth, but does not allow me to customise my DNS entries -- this is for higher priced plans. However when I logged …
  14. Moved to DreamHost

    FuCoder.com is now hosted on DreamHost. Using the cheapest hosting plan, but it still provides me far more than I need. 4.8Gb space and 120Gb bandwidth a month. Shell on Debian-based Linux server. Cron job. Etc. It is actually the first time I signed up to a hosting …