Tech Time Got Eaten

Sadly, I did not get my prototype done today.  There were a few reasons — the most glaring is that my limited stock of willingness to debug code on a Sunday was eaten by getting an archaic VBulletin moved from its previous location to one of my VPSes, as a favor to my college buddies.  Nice update interface, very user friendly — a pity about it taking 400 clickthroughs to complete installation (I kept track). 

Still, its done and now the server is hardened so that we don’t get owned by every exploit on the Internet.  I wanted to cry when I saw its previous state — using an outdated PHP and MySql running as root, naturally, with a four letter password the same as the name of the previous site owner.  Sigh.  Suffice it to say I got a lot of use out of rand() today.

On a note at least semi-related to uISVs: I continue to be amazed by how awesome it is to have a VPS over shared hosting, provided that you have some skill in Linux administration.  If you do, totally amazing — I got to hack together that forum without disrupting either of the blogs running on the same machine and I can host them all with admirable performance for $20 a month.  Then I use a second VPS with the same company (Slicehost) to run Bingo Card Creator.  I’m probably going to get a third one to host this project and, if my expectations are correct, it may need to be a little bigger than the 256 MB $20 a month variety…  Hopefully much bigger…  First Prayer of Computer Programmers with Business Sense: Please Lord, send me scaleability issues.

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5 Comments on “Tech Time Got Eaten”

  1. Dan Says:

    I didn’t know you were a fellow Slicehoster.. Nice to see another mISV running on their VPSs.

  2. setiawans Says:

    May i know, what is the webhosting control panel are you using at slicehost ?, is it install by yourself?
    thanks..


  3. It’s amazing how much code is out there with archaic systems, and on shared hosting, that hasn’t yet be owned. I know several people who have websites that shouldn’t be running, the code is a security nightmare (and with traffic), yet no one is taking the effort to hack into the system. I guess there’s just that many other easier targets…

    I also can’t imagine going shared hosting, no matter what the size of my company, blog, or just general website. Personally I’ve even gone beyond VPS because I like the idea of full control over the whole box, not just the VPS. If you can afford it, the extra piece of mind is worth it. And it’s not that much more, especially if you’re a business and can expense it 😉

  4. Dan Says:

    setiawans: Slicehost doesn’t come with a full cPanel-style control panel. They have a basic Slice Manager, and if you want anything beyond that you’ve got to install it yourself. Fortunately there are a number of decent open source control panels, and even consultants willing to install and configure them for you. (Hi!)

  5. Mike Wilson Says:

    Just got a dedicated Windows server and dedicated is the way forward. For any even slightly advanced programming there’s no competition between dedicated/vps and shared. On the other hand, VPS does mean sharing resources – for a business site dedicated is going to be much better. But VPS has one major advantage, it’s managed (so backed up, easy to restore, etc). To get the same level of service with a dedicated machine requires a tech to by phyiscally present to look after the machine. And that costs.


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