fighting the lack of good ideas

changing hosts

After several years of being hosted at tektonic, it has come time to move hosts.

My current web server is running 32-bit CentOS 4.9. Eek! That is old.

Since upgrading to a new release of CentOS is now becoming more urgent, and upgrading is really reinstalling a new OS, I’ve started to look at new hosts. I’ve considered Chunk Host, but while their entry-level service are Okay, they’re not really in line with what I need at this time. Likewise, I have review iWeb‘s offerings, but unless I go for a colo, they’re not going to suit my personal needs well, either.

My requirements for a new host are the following:

  • CentOS 6 x64 (for a variety of reasons – this is not a religious thing: I have evaluated other distros/platforms, and this is the best option for me)
  • at least 250GB of storage (>500G preferable)
  • several CPU cores (a minimum of 2, 4 or 8 would be better)
  • at least 4GB RAM
  • decent amount of available traffic (though I don’t anticipate major traffic patterns for some time)
  • at

What I am planning to run:

  • Apache (ports 80 and 443) hosting several domains
  • MySQL
  • Plone (on 8080)
  • PostgreSQL
  • sendmail for several domains
  • SVN
  • Trac
  • WordPress with some plugins (one of which is a little CPU intensive)
  • a backup store for myself (hence the storage requirements)
    • OS media
    • personal files
  • continued mirroring of m0n0wall
  • oh – and it’d be nice if it was in the same rough price range as what I’m spending now on far less 🙂 (2GB 2CPU 60GB on one host, and 512M 4CPU 20GB on my other host – total ~$45/month)

So far, I have found a couple viable options – but have not 100% settled on them yet.

I am curious as to what alternatives may exist in this area that I have not yet seen, and would appreciate any suggestions 🙂

nj man suing the port authority

From NBC New York, “NJ Man Sues Over Toll Hikes, Claims Bias“.

A New Jersey man has filed a federal lawsuit in New York over the Port Authority’s toll increase.

Yoel Weisshaus of New Milford claims the increase is an abuse of power and discriminates against him because he is poor.

Cash tolls on the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing went up from $8 to $12 on Sunday.

Weisshaus claims the tolls are targeted to restrict minimum-wage earners and will be used to complete the World Trade Center project instead of improving bridges and tunnels.

Sounds like a USA Today story from 3 years ago.