Nearly Free Speech
A friend of mine suggested I try hosting with www.nearlyfreespeech.net for my website -- because instead of a set monthly rate, they charge you based on usage. Low traffic sites (like mine) would cost very little to maintain. About that time, I was starting a private website, so I gave it a go. As it turns out, I'm quite happy.
Don't get me wrong, about the same time I signed up, Nearly Free Speech had some MAJOR routing and DNS issues. My site was offline or horribly slow for over a week. Then, they had a major MySQL crash, and my site was offline for another half a day. Since that time, several months ago, it's been great. I'm OK with a company having problems as long as they fix it, and communicate the problem with their clients. NFS did both.
Plus, they're DIRT CHEAP!!! I started the account with about $10 in the "bank", and only today did I feel a need to add more money. Not because it was low, but because I am adding another website to the account and I want to make sure it's "spike proof". See, if a website gets Dugg or Slashdotted, their servers happily scale for you -- but you pay for the bandwidth such a spike generates. It seems very fair to me.
So if you've been looking for a really inexpensive way to reliably host a website, especially if it doesn't get much traffic or store much data -- Nearly Free Speech might be a good choice. I'm happy with it. When my hosting package is done at GoDaddy, I'll be switching my personal site over too.
Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
July 20, 2016 12:00 pm CDT
One of the best things about the UNIX environment (aside from being stable and efficient) is the vast array of software tools available to help you do your job. Traditionally, a UNIX tool does only one thing, but does that one thing very well. For example, grep is very easy to use and can search vast amounts of data quickly. The find tool can find a particular file or files based on all kinds of criteria. It's pretty easy to string these tools together to build even more powerful tools, such as a tool that finds all of the .log files in the /home directory and searches each one for a particular entry. This erector-set mentality allows UNIX system administrators to seem to always have the right tool for the job.
Cron traditionally has been considered another such a tool for job scheduling, but is it enough? This webinar considers that very question. The first part builds on a previous Geek Guide, Beyond Cron, and briefly describes how to know when it might be time to consider upgrading your job scheduling infrastructure. The second part presents an actual planning and implementation framework.
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