Hello! If you can read this post, that means you’re on our brand new sponsored server. If you can’t…well just don’t waste your time on leaving comments because you’ll be the only one reading them As you might recall, a few days ago we did a sponsored review of TopHostingCenter.com and we found out what a great bunch of boys and girls they really are. Like we said before, we found the tech support department extremely helpfull and Eric, the CEO, is a friendly and down to earth guy who knows what he’s doing.
The timing on this whole sponsor swap was excellent as we started to run into more and more trouble with our old sponsor. At one stage they completely took the server offline because someone in the sales department thought it was weird that our monthly bills were $0! Took us hours to convince them that they needed to boot the server back up. No need to say that we were pretty pissed off with that. Besides the uptime issues, we were looking for some extra options which they just didn’t have. We’d still like to thank them for 6 months of free hosting and we hope they’ll get back on the right track.
Anyway, enough with the old, lets talk about the new! Top Hosting Center has very generously given us a rack mountable pizzabox server to milk. Here’s the specs for the geeks:
- 4x Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X3210 @ 2.13GHz Processor #1 speed: 2128.541 MHz
- Memory: 2072252k/2096000k
- 2x SCSI device sda: 488395120 512-byte hdwr sectors (250058 MB)
- 3Ware Raid Controller (2x250GB in RAID1 config)
- 100mbps pipe
This is quite a bump in hardware specs. We used to run off a Core Duo 2 @ 1.86 Mhz, 2GB Ram, 2x160GB Raid1 and a 10mbps pipe. Besides the hardware upgrade, we decided to crank up the old PHP/MySQL and Apache versions too. Coming from MySQL4.1, PHP4 and Apache 1.3 we’re now moo-ing on MySQL5, PHP5 and Apache 2.2. Was a bit scary when we transferred the blog and the rest of our websites, but so far no significant problems have occurred. We haven’t tweaked anything yet in MySQL or Apache like we did on the old server, mainly because we think that all the upgrades should have a huge positive impact on the speed of the site. Of course, the 100mbps won’t hurt the performance either. Enough with the geek talk already! You guys might not need a dedicated server persee, but you should really check out the great budgethosting plans THC has for bloggers.If you find a bug, please drop us an email.
So that’s what we’ve been busy with most part of last night. We’d like to give a big shout-out to our new sponsors, the team at Top Hosting Center! Thanks for the server and your help! (And for the awesome prize you’re sponsoring for an upcoming contest for the JohnCow dot Com readers sometime this week )
We’re gonna have a proper Saturday now – hanging on the couch, drinking beer milk and playing xbox (Gamertag “JohnCowdotCom” if your up for a game).