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Comment: Re:1and1.com and Linode (Score 1) 295 295

I also have had 1 and 1 for well over 10 years, and have never had a problem. And, I have also never missed a payment. My credit card did expire one me one year. They sent me an email informing they had tried to bill me and couldn't, and gave me a bit of a grace period (a week I think). I paid it immediately and never lost service. Now, I hardly do anything on there any more, it's all static crap except for my step-father's business site. Well, that's pretty static too but doesn't quite fall into the "crap" category. The only other service I have experience with is GoDaddy, and that was just to help a friend who had hosted there. The problems I had there were in no way GoDaddy's fault, so I would think you will be safe there as well. If it is just a simple site to have some content out there, I'd say you have plenty of options and just need to pick one. Now, once you get into running your own servers and such, best to listen to these fine Slashdot folks and then do some more homework on your own.

Comment: Start with RSS (Score 1) 361 361

What I do if I find a site that might be interesting is subscribe to their RSS feed, that is free. All you get is a summary, but after hitting it for a few days/weeks/months I get a feel for if the subject matter will keep me interested. It's certainly not fool proof, but help weed out some places. For instance, I am doing this right now with Rivals.com. I am thinking about subscribing to get more in-depth news about my Iowa Hawkeyes. But I want to see how they spread the news across the different sports, as I am mainly interested in football and basketball. I have done this to help select some sites (pay sites and free sites), as well as weed out sites that sounded good or maybe had one interesting article, but then turned out to be mostly crap.

Comment: Re:Accenture? (Score 3, Insightful) 284 284

I can only speak from personal experience, but to me the big difference is that IBM is at least technically competent. I guess as an opponent of Obamacare I should be happy, as this will undoubtedly allow the problems to continue. But I feel for the people that may be depending/hoping for this to come together. Accenture? Really?

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 70 70

This was more funny when I read it as a reply to the "Old Man Earth..." comment above it. I thought you were carrying on the old-man funny-ness, with "coronal mass ejections" implying an old man spending too much time on the toilet. And the "solar wind" a reference to him farting. Now I realize you were serious, that's too bad. And no, I am not 10 years old, I merely think like one.

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.

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