Archive for April, 2010

Well done my ISPs. Yes, honestly, well done.

April 22nd, 2010

It is a sad fact that when most people blog about a web service it is because they are having a problem, and it has normally been exacerbated by bad customer service. The reason is simple. There is normally no trigger to write something when noting happens, and when something happens with an ongoing service it is normally bad.

In an attempt to address this issue, and because I feel the need to think happy today, I am going to say well done to a couple of services I am using for not screwing up.

Fist of all I would like to say well done to Heart Internet for not screwing up. After having lots of problems with 123 Reg I looked around and asked for recommendations for DNS hosting services, then gave Heart Internet a try for my UK domain names. I am glad as I have not had a reliability problem, the control panel is easy to use now I know where things are, and it is really competing with the budget hosting companies. My only complaint is that you get to many reminders when your credit card has expired so as to trigger the spam filter. If that is my only complaint it has to be good.

I have also started transferring in .com domains as the change in exchange rates make it more affordable. Unfortunately after a year I either need to bulk buy credits to keep the low price, or transfer them away again, but we shall see what I do next year.

I would also like to say a thank you to Rails Playground. Unfortunately they have failed monumentally a long time ago by forgetting to renew there own doming name, but apart from that they have served me well at a really low cost. When they took over from Steel Pixel they gave all venture members like me two year free hosting, and currently I am paying $5 US for a good development hosting. There have been a few issues now and then, but they are very quick to get on to fixing the problem, and it is development hosting and not live hosting. They are also really helpful when I have any random support queries.

So there you go. A blog post about services not screwing up. If you think your suppliers deserve the same them why not write your own post.

It’s my blog’s birthday

April 7th, 2010

It was 4 years ago today that I first started blogging with this welcoming post.

At the time I did not really know what I was blogging about or blogging for, but I decided to have a go anyway. Initially I tried to blog something every day but soon realised that blogging when I had something to say was better for my audience and better for me.

I still blog nowadays (like now) but only a few times a month at most. When I started blogging it was a time before Twitter and live/micro blogging caught on, but today most of my web links, time linked images, and general comments about what I am doing make there way to Twitter and Facebook instead of the blog.

In the past I have also blogged a lot of more filly pictures and links to odd stuff that I find amusing, but as these did not really fit well with the other serious content of my blog. What I do now is post this to my Vox blog (also posted inFacebook) instead if you are interested.

So that is 4 years blogging done, and here is to the next few. If you have any views on my blog then please do post them here or let me know privately if you prefer.