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    It's probably the most hits the glitterchildren have ever had in 1 day!
    www.ericrose.com
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    "civility is not a sign of weakness" JFK

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    Well, I'm investigating this company:

    http://www.lunarpages.com

    they have a plan that will give us 800meg disk, 60gig bandwidth, 24x7 phone support, have a huge redundant datacenter, and all their servers are Dell PowerEdge 2650 servers with dual Xeon 2.8Ghz processors and a good raid array (means if a disk dies the site should still be ok). They pride themselves on customer support and pro-active monitoring of the environment (rather than letting it break, then trying to fix it). I've been scouring the net and can't find bad press about them. People really seem to rave about them.

    They have their own customer forums too:

    http://www.lunarforums.com

    Which says to me they have nothing to hide. No provider in their right mind would have customer forums if their service was bad, it would put them out of business. I have been going through their forums and can't seem to find anything but praise for their level of customer support.

    If everything continues to check out, I will register with them. Then I'll need to lock the forums on apug. Transfer the site over and get it running (the fun part), transfer the dns to the new site, re-activate the apug forums, cancel the old provider. It can take a few days for global dns to update so we would basically have a locked apug site for around 1-2 days.

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    Good to have you back! I had made a few changes to my pc and tried to log on to the site a bit later and just kept getting a message saying I couldn't go there. I was sure it was something I had deleted and I had totally screwed up my program.
    Brian McDowell

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    I tried to go to the mechanics page and it took quite awhile for it to load up. Also I noticed they are not doing their own DNS work. I would try and find out some users names that have sites of a similar load characteristic of ours and find out how they are doing with these people.

    The forum itself doesn't hold much water as they could populate that themselves and/or make sure nothing of a negative nature stays on it.

    What's your current bandwidth requirements per month?
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    Don't feel bad Sean. photo.net has been down all day too.
    I'm rather disappointed though. *I* didn't get to see the glitterchildren!

    All kidding aside, if you need a little help checking around for a new ISP feel free to ask. I'm sure any of us would be glad to lend a hand.

    We appreciate all your work.

    Cheers,
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    For those who are curious about what APUG looked like in warped cyberspace, go to www.glitterchildren.com.

    Sean, where did the quick reply box go? I liked that feature.

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    Hi, we lost a few mods when I did the upgrade from 2.0.4 to 2.0.6. I plan to put them back this w-end.

    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
    For those who are curious about what APUG looked like in warped cyberspace, go to www.glitterchildren.com.

    Sean, where did the quick reply box go? I liked that feature.

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    here's a response i got from someone on lunarforums:

    "I personally don't have a busy site like yours, but from what I have seen there is no problem at all. This site lunarforums.com is hosted on one of the same servers other customers are hosted on. It receives quite a bit of trafic, and doesn't appear to slow down at all.

    Another site you might want to check out is mindcollisions.com (operated by one of the admins here). Its fairly high traffic, and hosted here as well.

    There are tech support people working 24/hrs to monitor lunarpages hosting. If something goes wrong there are backup servers ready to replace failing systems at a moments notice. These are NICE servers as well (you can find the specs at lunarpages.com). Hard drives are RAID 5 arrays, so one can fail without bringing anything down. The servers are physically located in a physically secured hosting building that is built to provide the best internet connectivity, and the most friendly server enviroment. (Details on lunarpages.com). The building has backup resources for almost any disaster that can happen (power water etc etc).

    So yes, they do manage their own enviroment, and their own hardware. This isn't a company that simply sells hosting on some servers they pay a dell technician to maintain during 9-5 hours. The only downtime I have seen is measured in minutes, and that was when they phyiscally moved offices, and a whole ton of computers!

    Let me know if there is anything else I can clear up for you.

    - Ed"

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricR
    I tried to go to the mechanics page and it took quite awhile for it to load up. Also I noticed they are not doing their own DNS work. I would try and find out some users names that have sites of a similar load characteristic of ours and find out how they are doing with these people.

    The forum itself doesn't hold much water as they could populate that themselves and/or make sure nothing of a negative nature stays on it.

    What's your current bandwidth requirements per month?
    Well, not sure they can steer 6,028 users and 35,000 posts in the direction they want. People would really complain if there was bias censoring I think. I'm not saying I am going with them, but they are one of the ones I'm looking at. Allowing for growth we'll probably need 30gig a month bandwidth within 12 months.

    Do you know of any good hosts? One thing I find appealing about lunarpages is they are very open. They tell you what the network layout is, they tell you what servers they use, how many sites they host, have a discussion forum...

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    oh yeah, eric that guy's auto site had many banners which were trying to connect to various 3rd party sites in the background. I think they were slowing him down a bit...

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