We’re Not There Anymore

Written by Jason Katzenback on March 29th, 2008
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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 :twisted: )

We’re gonna have a proper Saturday now – hanging on the couch, drinking beer milk and playing xbox :cool: (Gamertag “JohnCowdotCom” if your up for a game).

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38 Responses to “We’re Not There Anymore”

  1. John Cow dot ComWe’re Not There AnymorePosted: 29 Mar 2008 10:46 AM CDT

  2. 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 … Originally posted here:

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  4. advertising script, and the site subscribers. Johncow.com feedburner tells that there are at least 1659 subscribers of the site. For the technogeek buyers out there, here’s a rundown of the dedicated server: 4x Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X3210 @ 2.13GHzProcessor#1 speed: 2128.541 MHz Memory: 2072252k/2096000k 2x SCSI device sda: 488395120 512-byte hdwr sectors (250058 MB) 3Ware Raid Controller (2×250GB in RAID1 config) 100mbps pipe For more information, please visit

  5. sort because of the blog’s status, I receive Beta invites and the occasional free stuff that companies sent me, looing to get promoted by John Cow. The new owner can obviously build on this. We’ve currently got a massive quadcore dedicated server (details here) worth about $300 per month ($3,600 p/y), fully sponsored by our web hoster. Besides the free server, they also sponsor huge contests (XBOX Elite and a copy of GTA4 this month), and let us give away massive discounts to our readers and let us use our

  6. advertising script, and the site subscribers. Johncow.com feedburner tells that there are at least 1659 subscribers of the site. For the technogeek buyers out there, here’s a rundown of the dedicated server: 4x Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X3210 @ 2.13GHzProcessor#1 speed: 2128.541 MHz Memory: 2072252k/2096000k 2x SCSI device sda: 488395120 512-byte hdwr sectors (250058 MB) 3Ware Raid Controller (2×250GB in RAID1 config) 100mbps pipe For more information, please visit

  7. Rhys Wynne says:

    Congratulations on the new kit but I’d step away from the computer as you’ve spent too much time on the internet. I’m sure heads of companies are called “CEO”‘s not “SEO’s” :P

    Rhys Wynne’s last blog post..Twitter Me This

  8. John Cow says:

    bwahaha, We think you might be right!

  9. Congrats on the new setup…there’s a new flea in town :twisted:

    MoneyFleaDotCom’s last blog post..$28K Challenge

  10. king kong says:

    hehe, server me up!!

  11. Matt says:

    Someone took you offline without contacting a higher up first? Lol. They should of had a note on your account like: ‘This freeloader does not pay us, instead he puts a banner up on his page. Yes, we know: he’s cheap’

    Cheers on the new setup :!:

  12. MacBros says:

    I’ve been with THC for a couple of months now, I was lucky enough to get in on their Rudolph plan that was just $95 for life domain included.

    I have to say that the speed alone is ubber impressive!

    Support is there on the fly!

    If there is a problem, it’s fixed in a matter of minutes.

    You’re going to enjoy the ride!

    MacBros’s last blog post..Funny Newspaper Ads

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  14. Rob says:

    I noticed this morning that your website was not working, but thats ok, all is good now. By the way do not think you fooled us with your drinking milk statement. : P

  15. Mike Huang says:

    Hmm…Sponsored Server huh. Maybe I should go find someone to sponsor a server for me too :) My shared hosting from Hostgator isn’t cutting it anymore…:(

    -Mike

    Mike Huang’s last blog post..Lights Out For Earth Hour

  16. Phil says:

    I have moved my http://shopwixonline.com/blog/ to tophosting center too. Their customer service is excellent. I plan to move my other sites to tophosting center too.

    Phil’s last blog post..Cartoon: The Internet Marketer

  17. Kellex says:

    sweet biz cowie! congrats on the new server!

    Kellex’s last blog post..Top 50 Sports Blogs: 1st Quarter 2008

  18. Jason says:

    Damn lol. Your blog loaded like 30x faster than it normally does for me. :)

    Grats on the move! :mrgreen:

    Jason’s last blog post..How NOT to Network With Bloggers

  19. Etienne Teo says:

    Eric and sia over at THC is great offering many great budget plans, great that they have become your dedicated host sponsor.

  20. Matt says:

    I believe you mean Quad-core, not 4 physical CPUs. :lol:

  21. George says:

    Yeah, that sounds like some pretty decent specs, does your server really take that much of a beating? xD

    George’s last blog post..Photoshop Express.. That Looks Cool :)

  22. Si Philp says:

    Congrats on the server :) Is it based in Europe or is it out in the states?

  23. Congrats on the smooth move, and those are some sweet specs for a server!

    I will keep THC in mind, I’m hoping to one day need a dedicated server of my own! :wink:

    Joyful Digesting’s last blog post..Do You Want Relief From Your Milk or Nut Allergy?

  24. Jim says:

    Sounds good! :mrgreen:
    Those guys are definitely generous, I’d like to check out their services knowing they offer that level of support.

    Jim’s last blog post..How To Effectively Use Images on Your Blog

  25. Mike Huang says:

    MOO MOO, I think you are linking to the wrong “FEATURED SITE” at the top :)

    -Mike

    Mike Huang’s last blog post..Lights Out For Earth Hour

  26. Congratulations on the new setup. :D

  27. Nice specs. But can you run a shell off it?

    It’s great to hear that you’ve managed to get everything switched over, and in record time, too. Quite often when we see people make the switch from one host to another, there’s a three or four day silence :neutral:

    ????? (Jason)’s last blog post..Wasted Time – WordPress 2.5 Upgrade

  28. Simon says:

    Welcome to the scary world of php5 / mysql5. :razz:

    Although, there are development versions of php6 / mysql6 floating around now, so no resting on your laurels. ;)

  29. Mig says:

    Don’t you worry Simon. The minute Php6 and MySQL6 are out, we’ll grab them! Our clients only get the best.

  30. Jason says:

    Hmm… do any of these guys have MSN/Yahoo? I might need to switch hosting soon, not been too happy with my (damned overpriced) dedicated server at Hostican… :cry:

    Jason’s last blog post..If You Do Not Comment On This Post You Fail At Life

  31. Mig says:

    Hi Jason,

    yes, we have a 24/7 live chat support on our site. Just click on the nice blond girl and you’ll get straight to one of the THC members. :)

  32. Jason says:

    Mig,

    I’ve dropped you guys an email :)

    Jason’s last blog post..Marketing Is Key

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  37. king kong says:

    hehe, server me up!!