Updates: April 2002

April 28, 2002
I've been hitting the Step-by-Step section pretty hard so now I have 5 new guides.  Actually more like 3 guides with sub parts.  Let me know if you find any errors.  Thanks.

The server is now complete!  Well, all the parts are here and are in working condition, but I still need to configure it so it'll be a little bit before the server is online.  I ended up with a 1.13 ghz Tualatin with 512k cache and it runs great.  Interestingly enough, I did some benchmarks between the 1.13 ghz Tualatin and the 1.1 ghz Celeron and there wasn't all that much of a difference.  Very minimal difference in fact.  Oh well, that's life.

Added a new webserver software to our server software section.  It's called Abyss Web Server. What's pretty cool is that it supports Perl and PHP.  The minimal requirements are pretty low as well.  Here are some of the features:

Abyss Web Server 1.0 is a free personal web server available for Windows and Linux operating systems.  Despite its tiny footprint (the executable file size is less than 76 KB), it supports HTTP/1.1 and dynamic content generation through CGI/1.1 scripts.  It features also a remote web management interface that makes its configuration as easy as browsing a web site. 
I added a new section to our forums called "Business/Financial Issues".  Talk about all aspects of running a business whether your business is your website, web hosting, selling ad space, etc.  I hope you guys use it well.  This addition is the result of user feedback from you guys.  Thanks!

April 21, 2002
A very exciting thing happened this week.  Our online forums now have over 1000 members!  This is a very cool development for this site.  I particularly like our forums because they answer so many questions that the rest of this site cannot.  Also, I always get emails from people with surprise of how helpful the people in the forums are.  It is truly a "check your ego at the door" kind of place and this is great for newbies and old-timers alike.  The helpful spirit of our forums is what keeps this place kicking.  Thanks guys!

Here's the deal with the new server.  I bought a Dell Poweredge 500sc with a Celeron 1.1 ghz cpu.  I wanted to upgrade the cpu to something better so after much research and phone calls to Dell tech support, I bought a Intel 1.13 Tualatin w/ 256k of cache.  Guess what?  When I put the cpu into the mobo, it said the cache amount was incorrect!  The technicians at Dell were so clueless about this.  Turns out that I need a Tualatin w/ 512k of cache.  So now I'm looking for one.  If any of you guys have a 1.26 ghz or 1.13 ghz Tualatin with 512k cache not 256k cache, and are willing to sell it to me for a good price, drop me an email.  I'd prefer a 1.26 ghz chip, but it's not that important. 

The other component of the server that I just got was the Promise Fasttrack TX2000.  The good people at Promise were kind enough to donate the card for our server.  Before I got word that Promise was going to send the TX2000, I was going to use an older Promise Fasttrack 66 which is a very decent card as well.  So that's the status of the server.  Still looking for a cpu and then we can get rolling.

I kinda feel guilty building this new server since our current server still runs great.  The cpu load rarely exceeds 3 percent.  You can see the full specs in the Site Info section. 

Added Navas Cable Modem/DSL Tuning Guide to our Connection page.  It's a very comprehensive website.  Very nice.

April 14, 2002
Boy am I tired.  The year 2002 has been pretty tough on me so far.  I need a vacation. Oh well, what can you do except suck it up and keep on chugging?  (I don't mean beer =)  Then again...

Some of you have been asking about the new server I bought.  Well, it's here, but it's not quite ready yet.  I'm still waiting for 2 components to come in.  This server is pretty dang sweet.  Don't worry, I'll be sure to share tons of pictures when it's done.

Also, this new 384/384 that this website is hosted on seems to be working pretty well.  I'm happy that it's stable and pretty fast.  Hope you guys enjoy it.

I added two new pieces of software to Server Software.  See if they work for you.

I added GoDaddy.com to Domain Name since they only cost $8.95 per domain.  A lot of people seem to be very happy with them.

I added PC Pitstop's Internet Connection Center to the Tests/Tools section.

April 7, 2002
As always, many more new Member Sites entries.  Always fun to see what's up.

Added a new webserver software to Server Software called Lil HTTP Server.  This was recommended by Jay.  Thanks Jay!

Here is another very cool piece of webserver software.  Wanna be your own Webhost?  Try this:

    Webhost Free - Allows you to become a simple webhost.  "WebHost Free is basically a CGI script that allows you to become your own Geocities. It allows you to automatically accept user signups and uploading from the Web."
Mark sent in his modifications to the Shuttle SV24 to accommodate a second hard drive.  I added his mods to the SV24 review.

Added a few more firewall products to uh... Firewall.  Duh.  :)  Do you guys ever wonder where the term firewall comes from?  hmmmm