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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Monday February 04, 2008
10:55 AM

Nearlyfreespeech.net discounts large bandwidth usage

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I've mentioned before my preferred hosting provider is http://www.nearlyfreespeech.net/, which by your usage, allowing small traffic websites to exist for basically less than a dollar a year. Now NFS has introduced a plan for higher-usage websites: previously, usage was $1 per Gigabyte of bandwidth used. This is still true for your first gigabyte. However, starting immediately upon completion of one gigabyte, the price starts going down logarithmically. A reloadable page displays in real time your changing bytes-per-penny pricing.

For almost all of my purposes, NFS has been suitable. I could pay a lot more for certain things, but I haven't found it to be worth it at this point in time. I'd rather continue to run my websites for the price of rifling through my couch cushions for spare change.

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  • Do you ever worry about getting slashdotted (dugg, etc) and ending up with a huge bandwidth bill?
    • No. I worry a little bit about getting slashdotted and hacked. Or vandalized. But mainly, I don't worry about getting slashdotted, because I'm not producing anything of that kind of interest. :)

      This whole journal entry was about the fact that becoming a large bandwidth consumer at nearlyfreespeech.net is now less of an issue than ever, because it'll cost less today than it did yesterday.

      But for the record, with NFS you have a certain amount of money deposited, and that's it. If a sudden surge of tra

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      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
  • I have used NFS for a couple of sites that I get paid to maintain. They have always been great and have installed or updated any modules I have asked them for. I wish they did FastCGI though or maybe they do and I haven't looked.
    • I think they do FastCGI, but I know zilch about it so I'm not sure. I know they don't do mod_perl.

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      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • From what I can tell you have to fork out some money at hosting providers to do mod_perl.

        From the site:

        FastCGI / SCGI (this is not applicable in our hosting environment, thus we do not offer it and programs written specifically to depend on its API will not work)

        • Does FastCGI basically start up a daemon process or something that keeps running in the background for new requests? Because I know they specifically don't allow server processes, daemon processes, or even just long-running processes, so that might be the issue.

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          J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers