August 12, 2005

Real Hosting!

I ordered real hosting for this site and my domain today (in case you didn't know, as of this moment it is running off the linux workstation on my desk, which doesn't work very well due to (a) my domain registrar not supporting dyndns, and (b) Verizon home DSL blocking all kinds of important ports, including most notably port 80, the HTTP port). This will result in a number of changes, the vast majority of which are, in my view, positive.

  1. The port numbers that appear in the URLs will go away. At present, www.kennypearce.net translates into kennypearce.net:8080, hacking.kennypearce.net into kennypearce.net:8081, writings.kennypearce.net into kennypearce.net:8082, etc. This is bad. It will go away. If you have any links or bookmarks with these port numbers in them please change them as once I get fully set up (not sure how long that will take...) they will no longer work.
  2. The email address kenny@kenny.homelinux.org will go away. At present, my DNS record is invalid (it has a CNAME as the root and then other records under it), and as a result the behavior of DNS resolvers is "undefined" with regard to it. As you may have noticed, it works fine for web browsers. However, many SMTP (outgoing email) servers don't like it, and translate my address, kenny@kennypearce.net, into kenny@kenny.homelinux.org, kenny.homelinux.org being the dyndns domain for my computer. Please do not send any more email to kenny@kenny.homelinux.org, as it will start bouncing shortly (and that address never existed for any reason other than technical difficulties).
  3. This site will not go down any more. Maybe I'm being overly optimistic, but this company ODSOL has hosted the Underground Shakespeare web-site for the couple of years that I've been maintaining it, and I am not aware of any downtime to date.
  4. I won't have to worry about making sure my computer is running and connected to the internet all the time any more. At present, whenever my desktop PC is disconnected from the internet, the site goes down. Oops.
  5. And the downside: This site now costs about $95/year for me to run. Yes, I'm paying to provide you with free content. This is perfectly acceptable to me because I enjoy the existence of this site. However, for those of you who also enjoy the existence of this site, I expect to be accepting donations soon. Up to this point, this site has required nothing but time from me, and now it is going to be requiring money as well, so help will be appreciated.

    This has been your administrative miscellany for the day. Tune in next time when we'll be discussing a far more thrilling topic, <insert witticism here>.

    Posted by Kenny at August 12, 2005 6:34 PM
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