Sorry for the disruption

June 29th, 2004

I apologize for the recent disruption in services of this blog. The problem, as was disavowed by my service provider (that is a post and a rant for another day), was a screwed up MySql installation that made the tables inaccessible to some of my webpages. After being insulted multiple times by their tech support, with them accusing me of being a bad programmer with code that “I had no clue about and would need to debug” in spite of nothing having changed code wise since it was working, I have decided to start-a-looking.
While I am doing some research on my own, I am looking for suggestions from my readers on dedicated server solutions (only). My target solution is the $49 1&1 server but I would like to get the setup charges reduced. I am willing to barter with advertising on all my blogs. So if you are a hosting provider and would like to see your ad on this blog (and a couple of others), please email me at markghosh at gmail dot com.

Thank you all for your patience and your patronage.




  1. Mark says:

    Wow. There are some superb solutions here. I was looking at Anyone heard of or used these people?

  2. Jonathan Stanley (7 comments.) says: appears to just be a reseller of (who are’s parent)

    … and they’ve actually hopped about on various netblocks, which though their offers might be cheap, doesn’t inspire me with confidence that they’ll “stay the distance” so to speak.

    Plus, why not just cut out the middleman… always worth asking fro a quote… they can only say “no” after all. :D

  3. I have a tech supporter, who sounds offended every time I ask him something…

  4. helge says:

    my ISP ( made some changes so that every single file with .php extensions (even those with cero code) produced server errors. after a couple of days they fixed it but they so far have refused (by means of not replying) to tell me what the cause was..

  5. Matt (64 comments.) says:

    I’m with Server Matrix’s parent company (Planet) and love it.

  6. Jonathan Stanley (7 comments.) says:

    I’ve got one box with (Dual P3-S 1.26 with 1.5GB RAM and RAID1, running Debain) and one with (P4 2.4 with 512MB RAM, running Windows Server 2003 for Windows Media Services). The former would be better if you want a full custom build withoutmuch need for bandwidth, the latter would give you tonnes of bandwidth with reasonable hardware.

    Would be a good idea to check and see if there are discount offers, particularly for SC… sometimes you’ll get a year waived if you look at the right time. Both a little over budget though… but worthwhile checking if they can offer something in your price range. :D

  7. Randi Ann Curb says:

    I know I am late in the game but I had to comment on tomsyer. I have used them for 2 months and can’t wait to “run the otehr way”. Support takes over 24 hours to respond IF they respond! Take your money and gives you a “who cares” attitude. Over all a thumbs down! rac

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