Archive for May, 2006

Web hosting catharsis

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

I just moved from a friend’s web host to my existing A2WebHosting account (for I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, but I anticipated that it wouldn’t be too smooth. The final push was the bandwidth messages I was starting to get every 6 hours:

The domain (mclare) has reached 80% of its bandwidth limit.
Please contact the system admin as soon as possible.

Fair enough. I’d out grown my generous free hosting and had a number of run-ins with the sys admin (see previous posts on 404 and error logs). So now I’ve moved to a hosting package with more storage for both my web sites and my IMAP E-Mail and, most importantly, more bandwidth!

The best part about A2WebHosting is a I get ssh (secure shell, or secure cammnd line) access to my Linux hosted site — and that get’s the Linux/UNIX geek in me very excited!

Thanks for patience.

House and Ferrari

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

Looking for a house? Need a new car? See a future for yourself in the UK?

Here’s the ultimate package deal: Buy this house in Durham for £367,000 and this 1998 355 F1 (F1 = paddle shifters!) comes with if for free!

House and Ferrari

The house is listed at £367,000 – which is the appraisal of this house and all the others in the neighborhood, so the Ferrari is free. The only catch is their building a brand new neighborhood across the street for the next year or so.

The Matt Clare Summer Tour

Monday, May 8th, 2006
Catch Matt’s presentation:
Teaching Support 2.0.

Census 2006 site painfully slow

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

Has anyone else noticed that the Census 2006 web site is painfully slow? The site even asks you to wait up to two minutes to establish an SSL connection. The site rejected my prototype version of Firefox (with OSX native interface bits) so I launched Safari and it thought it had hung because the connection is took so long and then after about 5 minutes I was asked to trust a new SSL certificate from Thawte who give free certificates to governments and educators.

I have a feeling that Statistics Canada’s addition of web submissions of the 2006 census will ultimately mean that it will take me longer to fill out the paper submission.

Google tip for finding out how to do something

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

There’s a whole web site dedicated to dealing with questions that should have been Google’d before they were asked:

But sometimes it can be hard to find help on a subject through Google. Often if you search How to convert an audio file Google will tell you that how is too common and omit it, leaving you with nothing but ads etc.

What I’ve found helps is to stop Google from omitting how with this search +How convert audio file and even getting Google to look for convert and converting with +How convert~ audio file.

Those tips might help with your next search.