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Comment Re:Amazon: The elephant in the room. (Score 1) 375

I assumed that since he's moving from a 1.5Mbit residential connection and only mentioned running a personal website he's probably not pushing more than the 15GB free tier allowance per month.

IO charges are tough to estimate but a micro running as a web/email server and not doing obscene amounts of disk thrashing should come in slightly cheaper than a typical gumball machine purchase per month. We have half a dozen internal services instances running databases, web servers, server monitoring and logging services in one region that used a whopping $2.16 in I/O last month. Our main region was a bit more but that's where we have servers that automatically spawn other servers depending on user load.

Comment Amazon: The elephant in the room. (Score 4, Informative) 375

Amazon micro EC2 instances are reasonably priced and I use one for my personal sandbox and mail server. Average price is $14.60 /month ($0.02/h * 24h * 365d / 12) for a no commitment a la carte and drops to an average of $8.82/mo or $6.43/mo with 1 or 3 year reservations . They also have a free for the first year program at to get you started.

You won't get KVM access for OS install but there are startup images for all the common free linux distros (Centos, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, etc.), Amazon Linux (a custom distro for EC2), and non-free OS's like RHEL and MS Windows (they cost more per hour). Every distro I've used on there gives you either direct root login or `sudo su -l` capability. You have full control over the incoming firewall rules so you can allow specific ports by IP or CIDR range without chewing up CPU or I/O in iptables. You can add additional storage on the fly (including via automated script within your VPS if you can program) and take live snapshots of running disks (including the OS disk) for backups.

I use Amazon for my work systems and much prefer them to managing an on site rack or letting some other host charge us for the impediment to administration that is managed hosting.

Comment Re:The Next Firefox UI (Score 1) 401

In Chrome and FF, Ctrl-Tab and Ctrl-Shift-Tab switch tabs, Ctrl-W closes the current tab and Ctrl-T opens a new tab. As a bonus, on Dvorak open and close are both on the left middle finger; open is on the home row and close is on the bottom row. It almost makes up for vim's :wq being on opposite sides of the keyboard.

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