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Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town
3 of 5 stars
The story of Bassett furniture and John Bassett III in particular is a great one that should be told. Beth Macy does a reasonable job telling it, but spends much too much time discussing her challenges and experiences writing the book as...
The Silent Man
5 of 5 stars
Another great John Wells book. I previously compared Alex Berenson and his hero, John Wells, with Vince Flynn and his troubled CIA agent/assassin, Mitch Rapp. Towards the end of Flynn's short life and in his final Rapp books, Flynn got a...
Getting Started with Hobby Quadcopters and Drones
2 of 5 stars
When I was looking up reviews of drones on the web, I found several mentions of this "book" (a pamphlet,really). It's OK,but all the information can be easily found elsewhere online. The repeated warning about crashing your drone and sta...
The Martian
5 of 5 stars
Wow. Just . . . wow. This was one of the most entertaining books I have read in a long time. The story is fabulous and the execution wonderful. Basically a diary of an astronaut left behind in an escape from a failed Mars mission (though...
The Ghost War
5 of 5 stars
I've read a few other of Berenson's John Wells books before and found them entertaining,although not up to the standard set by Vince Flynn and his hero, Mitch Rapp. Sadly, Flynn passed away and having finished all the Mitch Rapp books, I...

2-Speed in Transit

This blog was moved to a new, external server at 1&1 last night.  While I’ve tried to think through and take care of all the scenarios of broken links, screwed up widgets, bad sitemaps, non-functioning plugins and so forth, I’m sure that I’ve screwed something up.  If you notice anything strange, I’d appreciate your pointing it out – probably best as a comment so that others can learn too.

I have had a Windows 2003 server running in my home for years with almost no downtime.  It hosts several web sites, runs an IMAP/POP/SMTP server (Merak), serves files, streams audio/video and uses dynamic DNS to keep the rest of the world aware of its IP address.  It’s worked like a champ.  I’ve shied away from going with a hosting provider in the past because of lack of flexibility.  They’re fine if you want to run a few web sites, but offer little to someone like me who wants to hack around with server settings and install other non-supported applications, like the mail server I use.  Of course, dedicated external servers are available, but for my limited needs, they were too expensive.

Along came virtualization and products are showing up that work for someone with needs in the middle like me.  I can now get a virtual server (in this case, 1&1 calls it a VPS or, Virtual Private Server) with a reasonable amount of disk space, a 1Gb network connection (with dedicated IP address) and a prebuilt, but open server appliance running Windows 2003 or Fedora Core 4.  I’m not selling or promoting this solution or 1&1 in any way just yet.  I have to see if this thing works in the real world.

So, have at it.  I hope I got most of it right because there an awful lot of moving pieces.

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  • fewquid

    Slow to respond on this one… But I’ve been using 1&1 for about a year. All in all it’s been a positive experience. Good value and plenty of ability to hack around a bit…

    Here’s the amazing part: when I called for tech support (yeah, brave I know) the guy didn’t know the answer to a fairly technical question about installed image libraries, but he DID know how to FIND the answer. Shocking!

  • fewquid

    Slow to respond on this one… But I’ve been using 1&1 for about a year. All in all it’s been a positive experience. Good value and plenty of ability to hack around a bit…

    Here’s the amazing part: when I called for tech support (yeah, brave I know) the guy didn’t know the answer to a fairly technical question about installed image libraries, but he DID know how to FIND the answer. Shocking!

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  • http://www.2-speed.com/ Will

    Nick,

    I agree. My experience with their technical support has been surprisingly good. Not instant, but fairly fast. As you may have seen in a later post, I had to upgrade to a bigger VPS to get the memory I needed, though. 1&1 isn’t terribly up-front about the memory needs of a 64-bit Windows 2003 server.

  • http://www.2-speed.com Will

    Nick,

    I agree. My experience with their technical support has been surprisingly good. Not instant, but fairly fast. As you may have seen in a later post, I had to upgrade to a bigger VPS to get the memory I needed, though. 1&1 isn’t terribly up-front about the memory needs of a 64-bit Windows 2003 server.