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Wanting to share a dedicated server [23 Sep 2006|02:41pm]

Copied and pasted from my livejournal:

This is mainly directed toward my fellow webcomicers, but the rest of you (and tell anyone about it whom you know and TRUST, and who might be interested) are welcome to take advantage, too.

After getting sick of the web host shuffle, I'm looking into getting a dedicated server at Softlayer's datacenter and just becoming my OWN host. Unfortunately, dedicated servers are expensive, so I'm looking at selling hosting just to a few people (and only people I know or who come recommended from people I know) to hopefully defray the cost, since there's no way I can afford it on my own.

Since I'm more interested in covering expenses than making a bunch of money off this, though, I'm not going to have more than a dozen or so people on this server. So, yes, I'll be charging a little more (twenty bucks a month) than those hardcore overselling hosts, but you won't be sharing the same server with 300+ people the way you do with most hosts. If I can get five or six people interested, I can probably get it set up within hours of hearing from you. If we get enough additional interest I may be able to get a second machine at a second location as a backup just to have the "belt and suspenders" approach.

I'll give everybody their own CPanel (try out a demo at http://demo.cpanel.net:2082/login/?user=xdemo&pass=xdemo) with Fantastico (the script installation thingy. If you're not familiar go to http://netenberg.com/fantastico_scripts.php to see all the stuff it does), which makes running everything incredibly easy. We can talk about how much disk space and bandwidth you'll need (BCK uses 35-40 gigs/month), but I'm pretty sure there won't be a problem. I can also help with manual installations if you need help with something that isn't covered there.

Server stats:
I'm buying two terabytes (2000 GB) of bandwidth for this machine on a 100 Mbps uplink, and there'll be 250 Gigs of HD space to start out with, 2 gigs of RAM, and a 2Ghz AMD dual-core Opteron processor, running Apache on Red Hat Enterprise 4 with CPanel, and I'm buying business continuation insurance just in case we get hacked or DDOSed or something. In case of a hardware failure, we have a guaranteed 4-hour max turn-around time. I can add stuff on later if we end up needing more of anything.

My second choice (in case there isn't enough interest to afford the first choice) is a single-processor 2.6 Ghz P4 at AxisHost with one Gig of RAM, a 120 Gig HD, and 1,000 Gigs of bandwidth running the same software as the above machine, at AxisHost.

If the server goes down, my site goes down, too, and since I depend on my comic for a chunk of my income, you know I'll be all over it. First tier tech support will be mostly me (and you can feel free to call my cell at (number will be provided for those who are interested) and get me out of bed if there's a problem), but I'll have things set up to notify me if there's a problem with the server, and if I can't fix something, I can call a tech at the datacenter who CAN fix it. Thing is, with it just being a few of us on there, I am not anticipating many problems. Again, I emphasize--If there is a server problem, I suffer, too.

The datacenter I'm looking at is not the cheapest, but it is one of the most highly-praised at the WebHostingTalk forums, which is one of the only reliable places I've found to research this sort of thing. (The web host ranking lists and awards pages are meaningless, I discovered, since most of them let a host PAY for a good ranking.) And I've talked to one of the owners who admits up front that it is her and her partner who own it, and that they're small enough that the owners have to take turns working the phones.

(You'd actually be surprised at how many "real" hosting companies are mainly just one or two people trying to sound like a big company, who take trouble tickets from their clients and send them to the people they're reselling from. The difference is that I'm telling you about it up front.)

In case you weren't aware, here is how most hosting companies work:
Most hosts are resellers, no matter how much they talk about their datacenters, and just rent space from hosts further up the food chain instead of having their own servers at the datacenters they use. Basically datacenters who specialize in dedicated servers sell the use of the server and bandwidth to company A, who proceed to sell 3000 Gigs of HD space and 50,000 Gigs of bandwidth even though they've only got 250 Gigs of space and 1,000 Gigs of bandwidth to sell. They can do this because they count on most customers not even using a tenth of their resources, and they can turn a bigger profit that way.

In addition to the above, Company A then proceeds to sell a reseller account to Company B, who also oversell and try to represent themselves as having their own datacenter, etcetera. Then Company B sells a reseller account to Company C, who do the same thing, and so on and so forth.

That being said, there are indeed good shared hosts out there. The problem is that today's good host can become tomorrow's worst nightmare (as happened with Micfo) because they get sold, the owners get too greedy, they outsource their tech support, or whatever. I simply no longer have the patience to wade through host after host, so I decided to get my own damn server and become my own damn hosting company. Not to try to make a bunch of money, because that means taking on a whole lot of clients and either spending all my time dealing with them or hiring a staff. I want to spend my time writing and doing other creative things--Not doing research on web hosts!

(x-posted to my journal and lawrencedoesart)
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[19 Apr 2006|11:23pm]

A new community for fan tattoos just started. It's called geekyink. We're looking for people to post tattoos related to movies, tv shows, bands, ect.. just basically anything with a fandom following. Please go check it out and help it grow!
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linux nerds... [05 Apr 2006|02:30am]

very soon, i'll be building a dedicated linux machine. the purpose is to become my primary workstation. i'll be surfing the web, checking email, doing on online chatting, listening to music, watching video clips... the usual.

nothing super fancy.

so, what is a good distro to start with to get my feet wet? mandriva? redhat? suse? debian? gentoo? ubuntu?

i'm not a developer, and i'm just a beginner with linux.

and yes, i'll be running linux on an x86 platform, and i want dual monitor support (i'll have an agp card that has dual monitor outputs).

so, gimme feedback! thanks!
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Night Frontier! [15 Mar 2006|10:44pm]

Tonight, the nightfrontier roleplaying community goes public! It's an IRC-based freeform roleplaying game, set in a space bar. It's a Space Western. Check it out (more info on the community page).
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Wrting geek stuff [20 Feb 2006|08:40am]

[ mood | accomplished ]

So I finally officially launched my writing community site and posted the story of how I shook the hand that shook Ray Bradbury's um... Yeah. I think it's an amusing little article. If you're a writer, an avid reader, or just want to comment on stuff or post to the forums, go ahead and sign up. It's free, after all, and spam-free (see the privacy policy).

Right now user pictures, individual blogs (with file uploading enabled so you can always have your writing handy), buddy lists, public forums, custom groups (with customizable privacy settings) for sharing of writing critiques and files, as well as a few more features, are enabled. I'll add more features as it goes and as people leave suggestions in the forums, etcetera. Sure, most of this is doable on LJ, but I like the idea of a site just for writing and reading geeks.

Oh--here's the BookMuncher banner if anyone is interested.

If BookMuncher ends up being as successful as my webcomic, I'll be pretty happy. I had run it in a beta test for a little while, and just posted the first "live" link a couple of days ago. I'm pretty pleased by the response so far

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for everyone thats sick of Internet Explorer [30 Aug 2005|10:04am]


go there. type in your email address. get a free reg code for Opera.

they offer Opera for:
Windows, Linux x86, Linux PPC, Linux Sparc, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mac.

so, go get a free code, and download Opera. its better than IE.
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[16 Aug 2005|03:27pm]

Image hosted by Photobucket.com
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[21 Jun 2005|10:25pm]

Hey, anyone interested in hooking up with other nerds-geeks, no strings attached, should visit the "sexlessnerds" community.
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What I did with my old Mac... [24 May 2005|01:01pm]

I made this! Yes, it is real. Heh!

Originally the idea was to sell it on eBay, but then I decided I couldn't part with it, and cast it as a character in one of the webcomics I write (http://www.lotlr.com/index.php if you want to see). Now I'm planning to do the same to my old Classic and my dead Rev A iMac.

And so now I leave you with Tribble/Peep Sex. Come on... You know you're curious.
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[17 May 2005|03:46pm]

wow, for true geeks out there a friend found this on ebay
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~WARNING~ [26 Apr 2005|12:46am]


You Should not wash your chapstick in the washing machine...

Now I need chapstick

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[08 Apr 2005|12:23pm]

Graziani Industries would like to announce it's new webcomic series: Cy-Boar.

A mutated, cybernetic boar searches for his place in the world. Though he may seek peace, he usually finds skull-splitting action.

This comic series has been in development since 1989, when series creators John & Lou Graziani began drawing the adventures of an anthromorphic boar on plain copy paper. Now the entire archive of stories, over 250 pages, illustrated from 89 through the present, have been scanned and will be available online and in color, for the first time!

Cy-Boar will be updating every Thursday
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wow, just wow... [08 Mar 2005|02:51am]

car stuff + nerd stuff = happy me!Collapse )
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[03 Mar 2005|03:39pm]

SANS%u2122 Institute - Computer Security Education and Information Security Training

Sweet! I get to go to a SANS Track 401 class! What's better, I'm not paying a dime. Guess I need to stick around this company for a while eh?
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Catnip Radio [01 Mar 2005|09:01am]

catnip_radio is an internet radio station run by everyday people for everyday people. We play a mixture of music from alternative to mainstream; weird and wonderful to comedy; old and new. Requests are taken, and the station tends to run from 10am - midnight (gmt) with a number of different DJ's and styles. You can talk to the DJ's via MSN, email or IRC. You can request songs here, or on gmail.

Each DJ has their own style so each programme is different, and views aired are the DJ's own.

Use this community to discuss things happening with Catnip Radio, give ideas or to read the updates happening. This radio is for you.
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[24 Feb 2005|01:11pm]

Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel

Galactica Returns This Summer

There is a god. really. Glad to see a decent show staying around.
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[23 Feb 2005|09:03am]

hi hi im kitty and im a geek lover, yes i am. I admit it now, i didnt when i was a kid, i would say nooo no geeks for me...and had no one.

i like long hair and glasses mmmmmm

thats it from me

oh yeah...BCK rocks!
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YAMTP (Yet another me to post) [21 Feb 2005|07:29pm]

Like the title says, Me to!

I'm new :)

Hi, I'm Chris and I'm a 30 year old geek. I'm a Linux Sysadmin by day, and...err umm a Linux Sysadmin by night. Guess I'm not as exciting as Batman.

So, by my job you can tell I'm a computer/network geek. I'm also a sometimes web developer, full time gamer geek. I've a passion for good beer, beef and reading.

So.. there yous got it.

Oh, and the yous denotes I'm from Philly.
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calling all nerds! [03 Feb 2005|10:44pm]

i am seeking out the owner of a spare (ie. not needed, not used, but working!) AMD XP 1800+ (at max).

if someone has something lesser than an 1800+ which is still socket 462, i'll gladly purchase it from you.

if you just want to give it away, or if you have some stockpile of parts that you want to disappear, lemme know! i'm a collector, and i build machines and give them to friends.

sorry folks... no 486's or anything slower than 900MHz... :) while very nostalgic, i dont wish to fill my living room with space heaters comprised of 286's and 386's... :) also, they couldn't do a whole lotta good on a render farm either. :/

and lord almioght... no ISA or VLB video cards, and no modems! :) they'll just meet the swift fate of being hurtled into the nearby trashcan...

although, if you wish for them to meet that demise, i guess you should send them along then... :)

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testing... 1, 2... 3? [02 Feb 2005|11:47pm]

nerd stuffCollapse )
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