To Serve or not to Serve

That’s the question that I have right now.
See, I have this PC that isn’t doing much of anything right now, acting as my ‘web server’ that no one can get at.
And really, I’ve lost a lot of interest in it. I still want to use it for other things, such as an imap server, but I’m not sure I need a personal webserver anymore.
At least, not one that’s publicly available.

This blog is a really good substitute for the blog that I had on my old site; it has a good comment system, I can access/update it from anywhere and I don’t have to worry about it going down with the random blackouts that Kanata has.
Plus, for free, I now have a gallery(and a GIG of space). Mind you, it’s not the size of the old one, but that wouldn’t take that long to recreate.
And the whole Friends thing is an easy(lazy) way for me to keep up with others ^_^

If I drop the idea of having a real public server, then I can increase my ISP speed (3-5M) for another $5/month.
Why don’t I do that now?
With my current level, the static IP is free. With the faster one, static IP is an extra $15/month, so that works out to $20/month.

I could move to Rogers, save a ton, go up to 6M, but they’re killing torrents, so that’s no good.

I think I’ll drop it. I’ll wait until the end of the week and think about it for awhile.
But right now, I don’t see a reason to have the website. At least not a public one. A fun one, to try new stuff on, sure, but nothing that needs to be seen for normal folk ^_^



  1. anonymous

    I think you need to get a dog… Oh.. wait.

    You’re better off without your own public webserver. Unless you really have the time to spend maintaining it, patching it and making sure that you’re not the Spam Lord there are easier solutions out there – like this one.

    Now if you were to turn it into a “Mo” server.. Damn..

  2. sidekickca

    It took me a second to remember Mo, but now I do.
    I don’t remember what it was, or possibly what it stood for, but I remember Mo.

    Yea, the whole idea was neat for awhile, and I’ll still have it to do useful things, just not website related useful things.
    At least not public website useful things.

    I think I’ll drop it and just get a faster service.

    I should do that soon, I’m almost at my 30gig download limit for this month ^_^

  3. flying_squirrel

    I like my server, but I suppose if I’m being honest, I don’t actually use it for much. My pages there haven’t been touched in a long while, and my blog is just a subset of my livejournal. It’s mostly a fileserver… handy, but not critical.

    You’re on Magma, right?

  4. sidekickca

    Yup, they let me run whatever the hell I want, as long as I’m paying for the bandwidth.
    That, and they’re not throttling the torrents.

  5. flying_squirrel

    I’m on magma too. Apparently I didn’t notice when they changed their pricing scheme in May (probably because I ended up paying the same per month…).

    Hm… 5Mbps, eh?

  6. sidekickca

    I always thought you were on Bell for some reason.

    Yea, I used to be on the 5mps plan, with the static IP, but I droped it to save $20/month.

    But now that I’m not worried about the server, I think I’ll jump up again.

    Not that I’ve really noticed…


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