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POBOX Has Gone Berserk

I have been using an email service called pobox.com for four years. It is a purchased service that I began to use to provide a “collection point” for the dozens of email accounts I use with my many websites. It also provided a great email filtering service.

I use a process where I direct all my accounts to their one email address that I use to send (SMTP) and read all the mail from all the accounts at one location.

They use various commercial filtering services which I have noticed add a HUGE amount of header information to all emails. There is a whole […] Continue reading » POBOX Has Gone Berserk

DO NOT USE THIS ISP!

Moving is tough

I going to talk about moving from one “shared server” Internet Service Provider (ISP) to another.

The first time I did it was at least 12 years ago. Possibly longer. The name doesn’t matter as I am sure they no longer exist. The service and support were so bad, I think it was a one-man operation with a rack of servers in his garage. I only had a few separate websites then. It seemed like a major event when I decided to move all my sites to a new ISP. They were all HTML websites with no databases to make things complicated. Basically, just an extended file […] Continue reading » DO NOT USE THIS ISP!

A Measure of Success

As I become successful or maybe just prolific in writing posts in my various blogs, the action attracts the attention of a small group of self-proclaimed “experts” who desperately want to “help” me become more successful. It is the exemplification of the adage, “Nothing breeds success like success itself.” I think the original form was, “Nothing succeeds like success. There are many variations with the same message.

My point is, this attention lets me know that I must be doing something right. Somehow, they managed to “find” me. These folks don’t rally around a looser, as their main intention is to associate themselves with other’s success. Of course, their […] Continue reading » A Measure of Success

Determining Standards

Standardization is a wonderful tool. Too many alternatives means nothing can work together as a system and quality has no standard for measurement. A monopoly requires and influences the creation of standards. The biggest player gets to make the most rules.

What I see happen is that sometimes standardized operation policy and rules gets out of touch with special needs.

I worked 17 years for a Texas, USA manufacturing/installation corporation that while I was there, was bought out several times by very successful and larger non-USA corporations. Largely because of the highly successful construction (installation) division in which I was among many titles, a construction manager. The new foreign owners […] Continue reading » Determining Standards

Ramblin’ Dan’s Store On the Move

After a nice run in the cloud with Amazon Web Service (AWS), Ramblin’ Dan’s Store (RDS) is moving to a new host and new store software. The monthly fees, although low by cloud based standards, were a burden in the overhead costs. That’s the primary reason. Also the commercial based store software required a good bit of maintenance or at least the creators did their best to make it look that way.

The store did work well enough and the look of it was professional. The store is going back onto a shared server environment. With the low volume of RDS the difference in performance will not be evident.

The […] Continue reading » Ramblin’ Dan’s Store On the Move