Moving My Site
csoft.net decided to disable oldblog.phoneboy.com today because the main page rendering program was misbehaving. I can understand their need to protect their “shared” servers for the other users. Their method for addressing the problem leaves a bit to be desired, however. Here’s how they handle it, and how they’ve handled most of the other “problems” that have occured:
- They disable my web site.
- They kill any active ssh sessions I might have to the server. Considering I maintain an active ssh session for email purposes and site tweaking, I tend to notice the ssh session going down.
- When I log into the server again, they throw up a message saying something along the lines of “we were unable to contact you, please go to the following URL for details of why your account was disabled.”
- After sending them a WTF email (at least they don’t disable my ability to get in via imap), they get around to re-enabling my service.
Anyway, I think it’s time to find a different place to do business. Thanks to Data393 and egenity I have a dedicated server for oldblog.phoneboy.com now. It was good I stayed up late hacking on the server a few nights ago to get it “ready.” I still had a few things to do (recopy the data, troubleshoot a problem with TWiki and rcs, twiddle DNS, etc), but it went as smoothly as I can expect. Of course, I still need to find a different place to put my wife’s stuff (web-based email with her own domain) and my own email. I could use my oldblog.phoneboy.com server for all this, but I have no desire to manage a mail server. I really don’t even want to manage a web server, but it’s the only way I can make my site not suck.