Thanks to an email from
Mathias, I added a new webserver + operating system solution called E-smith
to our Server Software page. This
software requires a dedicated computer to run. Take a look and see
if it's good for you.
In order to serve you guys
better, I've upgraded my line from 768/128 to 384/384. This means
that this website will load 3x faster, but my home download speed is cut
in half. Booo. Anything to make you guys happy. Enjoy.
Update 1: Actually, I'm currently
having a problem with my download speed which is benchmarked at 10! It's
supposed to be 384, not 10. Wow, I now have a 10/384 line.
Time to call my ISP. :(
Update 2: 15 minutes after
I email my ISP (not Verizon) I get a response from them saying that my
problem was due to a router mistake and they fixed it on their side.
Instant resolution. Now I'm hovering around 384/384. Not too
bad. I guess I'm not watching any streaming movies anymore.
Since this website is heavy
on the webserver side of things, I decided to write an article that focuses
on the website itself. Here is my Tips
on How to Create a Successful Website article.
Don't forget the Member
Okay peoples, I just wrote
a new article called: A Practical
Guide to Backing Up Your Server
is in our Articles section. Here is a
Why do you have
to backup? What's your main enemy concerning data loss? Would
you be surprised to find out that the biggest reason for data loss isn't
hardware failure, but instead operator error. That's right, YOU are
the biggest threat to your data. Okay, maybe your little sister pounding
on the keyboard might cause some data loss, but most data loss is caused
by the owner/operator when they are performing something routine.
Then you hear “CRAP! What did I just do!????” This is not to say
that hardware failures don't exist. But in general, hardware failure
is not as common as user error. Now that we know who are enemy is…
(hehe, it's YOU)
we got more members again. Check out our Member
but the D-Link router and Dell server deals are both dead now. I
hope you got in on those.
I'd like to welcome our
newest advertiser - InstantServers.com.
They develop webserver, ftp, and mail server software for the Windows
platform. Check them out!
Right now, Best
Buy has a great deal on the D-Link
704P router. It's $99 with a $20 instant rebate, a $20 mail in
rebate, and a second $30 mail in rebate. This leaves you with $29
for a router! It has a 4 port switch, firewall, NAT, built in print
server (I love this part), and a COM port for external modems.
This becomes a even better
deal if you have an American Express Blue card. You can price match
the router with this
page here and get $10 back from American Express. This leaves
your final price at $19 plus change.
If your local Best Buy is
out of stock on this model, I would go online to their website
and order this router and have them ship it to you or arrange for local
Here is a new Step-by-Step
article on HTTP File
Compression in IIS 5.0 for those of you using IIS on a sever edition
of Windows. A snippet:
"For those of us
who run webservers from home on DSL or cable modem, bandwidth is a precious
thing. Most of us have very low upstream bandwidth which causes problems
when our sites get busy. One solution is to pay more money and get
more upstream bandwidth. Another solution is to compress the web
files before they get shipped over the Internet. Once the files reach
the client's computer, they are decompressed by the client's computer.
However, nothing is ever free and there is a downside to file compression.
First, your server will have to spend cpu time to compress the files before
they get sent. Second, your visitor's computer will have to spend
time decompressing the files. Most likely, these two factors won't
be much of a problem since the amount of cpu time required is fairly low.
Also, a good number of websites you visit on a daily basis already have
file compression enabled. This is possible be cause the decompression
is built right into most modern web browsers."
a few more entries to our Member Sites
page. I must say, I am very impressed with some of the stuff you
guys are putting out. Keep them coming!
Steve emailed me with two
cool web based FTP client programs. The first one is called Web-FTP.
"Web-FTP is a fully
featured ftp client designed for secure file management when used in conjunction
with an SSL enabled web server. As a secondary function it can serve as
an FTP client for users who's firewalls block FTP, since all communication
is through the HTTP protocol."
Here is the other one called
"Drall is a script
which allows users to access their directories and files remotely without
the need of using insecure FTP and telnet. It enables the user to treat
the remote file system as if it was on their local hard disk through a
Are you looking for a server?
Well, here are two good server deals from Dell. One for $249 shipped
and the other $449 shipped. You may still have to pay taxes on either
box. Both do not include monitor.
Which one should you get?
Depends on how much traffic you have. Most likely (99.9%), your bottleneck
in your server setup will be the speed of your DSL/Cable line, not the
server. Either server can easily saturate and handle most things
that could come across a DSL/Cable line. These are awesome prices.
These deals end March 13, so make sure you jump on them if you're in the
market for a server. I picked up a 500SC today myself. :)
I love hardware!
Deal 1. PowerEdge 500SC
1.1Ghz Server for $249 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!
Dell Small Business is really
blowing out their PowerEdge 500SC servers. Now, you have to keep in mind,
this is a really basic server. However, you're still talking about a reliable
1.1ghz machine for just $249 with free shipping (expires 3/20/02) after
$250 rebate (expires 3/13/02). Here's what you do:
Start here with Dell's Small
Business Servers. DELLSB
Click on Choose PowerEdge
Click on Customize It,
under the PowerEdge 500SC header
Choose the following option:
1Yr Onsite Labor + 1Yr Parts
Delivery + 1Yr Technical Support [subtract $149]
Click on Update Price
and the Continue
Then click on Add to Cart
then check out. Send in the $250 mail in rebate when you get the machine.
Deal 2: PowerEdge 1400SC Dual
Capable, 10k RPM Ultra160SCSI HD Equipped Server for $448 after Rebate
with FREE Shipping! This is an absolutely incredible price for all that
you're getting. In fact, it's actually a far better deal than the 500SC
server for $249 above (though that's awesome too). It's dual processor
capable, has an Ultra160 SCSI controller, an 18GB 10,000rpm Ultra160 SCSI
drive, a great case with plenty of cooling, and many other goodies. The
price is $448 thanks to an instant $100 discount, free shipping (expires
3/20/02), and a $250 mail in rebate (expires 3/13/02). Here's how
you get it:
Start here at Dell Small Business
Click on the Choose PowerEdge
SC Server link
Click on the Customize it
under the Value Solution PowerEdge 1400SC header
Then, change to the following
1Yr Onsite Labor + 1Yr Parts
Delivery + 1Yr Technical Support [subtract $487]
Click on Update Price
Click on Continue
Click on Add to cart
Finish checking out, your total
should show up as $698. Send in the $250 rebate and your real total