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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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Wednesday December 18, 2002
03:26 PM

Virtual hosting

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Someone here mentioned virtual hosting, and I'm starting to warm up to the idea. I've found Linux virtual hosts as cheap as $5 a month.

At the moment my preferred hosting company is Lux Scientiae, primarily because they seem incredibly security conscious, and therefore also incredibly competent. From them I can get just about any mail protocol over SSL, an https control center and web email app, ssh/scp access to my disk space, and a shell account, not to mention most of the things you might expect (though I don't see mod perl listed). They even say they'll install perl modules for you. A user testimonial even mentions they reworked their webmail interface to work with his Mac OS X browser.

If anyone has any experience with LuxSci in particular, or another hosting company that stands out (good or bad), I'd love to hear it.

I typed "linux virtual hosting" into Google to find these; LuxSci was about the fourth on the list. I'm aiming at about $10/month, $100/year in services, although the first on the list was $5/month.

In related news, I'm getting hit by the big DirecTV broadband disaster. It's a shame I found out from Slashdot before I found out from DirecTV. I wanted DSL primarily for the always on connection and the static IP address, not the speed, because my purpose was to educate myself and be able to set up servers I fancied I might need, like CVS, or a prototype for a web-based school project I did this semester. With virtual hosting in mind, I am tempted to switch back to dialup!

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