As You Know, We’ve Had Some Problems

July 23, 2009

About Website Hosting

When we first decided to go away from free WordPress.com, I had no idea just how crazy hosting your own site would be. We went with a very popular shared host, installed WordPress, and off we went.

Over time, though, that site began to bog down. We were getting lots of good traffic, but no matter what I tried (and my knowledge at the time was very low), I couldn’t get the site to move faster.

Then problems really started when our traffic started getting into the thousands of unique hits every day, topping out at about 10,000 on election day.

Then something astonishing happened. Well, it was astonishing to me, but not to anyone with any sense. Our shared hosting company ditched us, and we had to move the site yet again. Would I be admitting to too much stupidity if I told you that happened twice?

Well, that was a long time ago, and I’ve finally learned all the lessons I should have learned before I started hosting my own website. And better yet, I’ve decided to share.

So if you have a site on a shared host, or really any type of host, there are some major things that no one will tell you that you really need to know. For instance, you could be having crazy amounts of spam bots accessing your site thousands of times a day and you won’t even know it unless you know where to look because most stat programs ignore bots.

Anyway, to read all that I’ve learned, click on the link below:

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That’s McCarthyism

September 20, 2008

“This is insulting. This is embarrassing, especially to Gov. Palin, to me and I think it should be to every single New Yorker,” Assemblyman Dov Hikind, D-Brooklyn, told CBS 2 HD. […]

The groups sponsoring the rally against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking at the UN were reportedly told, “it could jeopardize their tax exempt status” if they had Palin and not Clinton or Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden on hand. […]

“It’s an absolute shame that this has happened,” Hikind said. “To threaten organizations … to threaten the Conference of Presidents that if you don’t withdraw the invitation to Gov. Palin we’re going to look into your tax exempt status … that’s McCarthyism.”

Another Jewish group tried to step into the breach by inviting Palin to a different protest a day earlier.

“I’m absolutely appalled at the behavior of the Democrats,” said Bob Kunst of Defenders.net. “I’m a Democrat and for the first time in my life I’m going to vote Republican. I can’t take it anymore.”


Wall Street, Main Street, You, Me And 700 Billion Dollars

September 20, 2008

With a congressional disapproval rating of 71%, the 110th Congress has a staggering emergency on its hands.  

As Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke laid out the frightening ramifications of the financial crisis, congressional leaders sat in stunned silence.

 “When you listened to him describe it you gulped,” said Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY). Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) said, “We’re literally maybe days away from a complete meltdown of our financial system, with all the implications here at home and globally.”  Dodd went on to describe the meeting this way, “Somber doesn’t begin to justify the words. We have never heard language like this. This problem began with bad lending practices.” Read the rest of this entry »


Obama = Bush

September 20, 2008

Worth the read: Betting on John McCain, by Steven Landsburg, in The Atlantic.

2. McCain is not Bush. This came as a surprise to me. I’d been assuming, in my ill-read, uneducated way, that McCain had been complicit in most of the great travesties of the Bush administration and the execrable Republican Senate. I’ve learned that’s largely untrue. […]

Obama, by contrast, is in many ways a continuation of Bush. Like Bush (only far more so), Obama is fine with tariffs and subsidies. Like Bush, he wants to send jackbooted thugs into every meatpacking plant in America to rid the American workplace of anyone who happens to have been born on the wrong side of an imaginary line. Like Bush, he wants a more progressive tax code. [..] Like Bush, he wants more regulation, not less.