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Comment: Consider HotDrupal / Holistic Solutions (Score 1) 456

by rjwoodhead (#31227686) Attached to: Things To Look For In a Web Hosting Company?

I'm a hosting newb -- been running my own servers since last century -- but finally had a situation (wife decreed that company website needed updating, so I got into drupal) where hosting made sense. When it came time to move the site from testing using MAMP to hosting, I did the research and went with HotDrupal.com, which is a part of Holistic Solutions.

http://www.hotdrupal.com/plans.html

They seem to be doing things right. They don't overload their servers, they use fast hard drives, they make backups (though of course, I keep my own shadow!), and so on.

But here's the kicker: their tech support is absolutely superb. I mean, as a hosting newb I needed some handholding, especially since there were some unusual configuration issues due to legacy stuff I had to support.

Without a doubt, these guys gave me the best tech support I've ever received in over 35 years in the business. When he's not doing other things, the big kahuna himself, Steve, does frontline tech support.

You know how when you put in a ticket, you keep thinking about the problem, and then the solution comes to you, and then tech support gets back to you a few hours/days later with the same answer? Well, in this case, I was coming up with the answer, logging on, and finding that they'd beaten me to it.

The only ticket they failed to answer to my satisfaction was the one that asked "Where can I send you guys some beer and pizza money as a thankyou?"

Absolutely a no-brainer if you'd doing anything Drupal or LAMP/MAMP/WAMP-related.

Space

+ - To Boldly Go Where No Mento Has Gone Before!->

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rjwoodhead writes "This last weekend, my entire family learned what it's like to float in freefall aboard G-Force One (recently featured on Mythbusters' Moon Hoax show). Being science-lovers, we decided to do some experiments, and wanted to do something original. So we decided to test whether the Diet Coke & Mentos reaction was affected by the lack of bubble convection in microgravity. The story of how the experiment evolved and how we talked Space Adventures into letting us fool around with sticky and corrosive cola and candy inside their nice clean airplane, as well as high-speed video of the results, can be found here."
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Robotics

+ - Slow-motion Robotic Combat Ballet->

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rjwoodhead writes "Earlier this month, my kids and I competed at RoboGames in San Francisco. In addition to our robot, we brought along a Casio Exilim EX-F1 camera and captured every fight at 300 frames per second. When played back at normal speed, the hits, spins and airtime looked positive balletic (not to mention ballistic!), so I cut together a music video, set to the "Waltz of the Flowers", from the Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky. Without further adieu, I present the Ballet of Destruction! Also available on YouTube, as are some other high-speed videos I've done, including Coke&Mentos at 1200 frames per second."
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Comment: VERO is pretty much useless (Score 2, Informative) 684

by rjwoodhead (#22486038) Attached to: Scientology Given Direct Access To eBay Database
Allow me to speak from experience - VERO is pretty much useless as a method for evil companies to enforce despotic control over the masses. In terms of furthering my nefarious plans for World Domination, it's been a total bust.

EBay hosts many auctions of bootlegs of many of the films (anime, samurai stuff) for which my company, AnimEigo, is the US licensor (turning you all into malleable Otaku will definitely get me closer to the aforementioned end-state of World Domination). At one point, we tried using VERO to cancel these auctions. It was a total waste of time.

1) After being VERO'd, the bootleg vendor would simply put up another auction. It was a game of whack-a-mole, and they had more time to play than I did. The time I wasted -- I could have spent it on the Orbital Mind Control Lasers.

2) The serious bootleg vendors would simply contest the VERO. At which point the rights-holder has to provide documentation that demonstrates that the property infringes their rights. And that, folks, takes time and money -- and I need that money, do you guys have any idea how expensive it is to build and maintain a Secret Lair?

So my advice to people who want to sell E-Meters is to contest the VERO; it requires only 10 minutes of your time filling out a form and faxing it off, and will cost the COS a considerable amount of money to take to the next step. Now, they may decide that it's worth it to them to do that, but hey, that's money they can't spend on other things - and keep in mind that for them, World Domination is a serious business, not just a hobby like it is for me.

The real point of VERO is to protect eBay from lawsuits by rights-holders.

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