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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...
tagged: fiction and troubled-assassin
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...
tagged: non-fiction
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...
tagged: fiction
The Target
2 of 5 stars
I can't even begin to imagine why this book has gotten good reviews. I have read and enjoyed Baldacci's books before, but this is the first book in the Will Robie series that I've read. Probably the last as well. It's the third one of t...
tagged: fiction and troubled-assassin
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
3 of 5 stars
I didn't love this book. While I generally like Gladwell's style and analysis, he seems to be running out of interesting observations or topics to cover. There are a few good tidbits and the book is short. If you love Gladwell, it's wor...
tagged: non-fiction
Anthem
4 of 5 stars
I love Ayn Rand's thought-provoking books and stories. I'm fundamentally aligned with her libertarian way of thinking so, for the most part, her stories are just one's that drive home a point that I already agree with or, at least, under...
tagged: fiction
Thinking, Fast and Slow
5 of 5 stars
This is simply a fabulous book about how the mind works and how our behavior is driven by our levels of thought. It's not a terribly difficult book to get through, although it does require a lot of System 2 thinking - Kahneman's term for...
tagged: non-fiction
Killing Jesus: A History
4 of 5 stars
As with the other "killing" books by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, I really don't like the positioning that the book is based entirely on fact - insinuating the other crappy books I've read are made up. In the documenting of Jesus' li...
tagged: non-fiction
Wooden: A Coach's Life
4 of 5 stars
How can one not like a book about John Wooden? The man is a sports icon. Most of all, of course, he's a teacher, which is exactly what he wanted to be and prided himself on. He based his entire life on teaching basketball fundamentals an...
tagged: non-fiction and sports
Dead Eye
5 of 5 stars
Wow. Just. Wow. This is a great book. In the ex-CIA-troubled-assassin genre, this may be my favorite book ever. Greaney does a fabulous job of balancing action with storyline. Never gets boring, but the reader is overwhelmed by ridiculou...
tagged: fiction and troubled-assassin

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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.