On February 2, 2010 I finally completed the server move to the new co-location facility. I had, in the prior weeks, backup all data and files, did a clean install of the operating system and restored all functionality to the server. The new facility will not only help achieve faster load times, but a much better environment for the server than sitting at my house under my desk. With this move you all should notice faster page load, better usability and the RSS feeds hopefully will load and refresh across the Net faster.
Sometime within the next week I will be taking this server offline so I may perform some system maintenance and upgrades. At that time, I will also be locating it in a new data center so the actual speed will be what it should be and the performance should be increased dramatically.
There will be many system updates taking place at that time – some of them will include a complete Linux upgrade, WordPress upgrades, database upgrades and more. Most of these items will be performed in multitude to lessen the down time.
Once all the upgrades are done, within a day or two after I will be moving the server to a new data center. This will allow the server to operate at a fast connection, with much more ability to serve the growing needs of several blogs and other sites hosted on it.
Jason Tryfon, a swell guy and app developer, writes on his blog about Entitlement and questions whether or not Social Media is furthering this mentality. You can read his full post here: The Culture of Entitlement, Is It Forming Thanks to Social Media Sites?
The sense of entitlement isn’t just confined to the Internet and Social Media. More over, especially American society, has gained a perspective of it is for me, my benefit and you need to make sure you do what ever it takes to make sure I stay happy. To the point that legal action gets taken, smearing across several avenues takes place, and generally ill will and the perception that it is okay to do whatever it takes to cause any type of harm because something did not work out as planned.
Far too often I think people feel that they have ownership in these services, products, companies, and even other people. That somehow by providing content, value, or time they have a vested “ownership” that is merited a return on investment. As the original article points out, most of the sites and services that are being questioned in creating a Culture of Entitlement are free and/or “freemium” services. In other words there generally is no cost, save with some advertising being shown.
That brings me to another point that was discussed in the comments over on Jason’s site. Fullbirdmusic states if people spend all this time creating content on these sites, putting time and sweat equity, there should be some form of return. Randy stats that members on these are not just membership numbers in a database, but are partners in these networks or apps. Which stands to reason – put something, get something out. Is that true of life in general?
If we voluntarily use a service, without paying for it save viewing some advertisements and the time we “opt” to put into it, should we have any expectations of return on it? When we go to work for the day, we expect that we will give an honest days work for an honest days pay. When we volunteer in our community, we expect that we will see betterment of that community. When we create content on a service or site of someone else, is it reasonable that we “expect” a return from that, even when they are providing us, the user, with the tools for free or next to free? Are we entitled to expect anything from a free tool when there are plenty of alternatives in any variety of locations, contexts to which we could still publish and push our content?
I used to always take advantage of the $4.95/month hosting specials. Hey, you got a free domain name, they setup all the DNS, MX mail records and everything. They even gave you a control panel so you could control any aspect of your account, your site, your email your everything online. Yet, frequently in the early years of doing web development I constantly found myself persuing open source scripts to speed up development time and to learn from and unfortunately many times this allowed me to find limitations on the hosting provider. Maybe I needed shell access, or root access. Maybe I needed a special Apache configuration. On these shared hosts, it just was not feasible. My solution? Instead of expecting them to fix my problem to better my return, I created my own solution and since 2004 have owned and operated my own web, email, dns and database servers. Sure I could have purchased a dedicated server from the same hosting company – well leased it – but now I own the hardware and pay for a certain amount of bandwidth and IP address, to which monetary value is exchanged for a certain guarantee of service.
So if you are not getting the expected return from what ever tool you are using, maybe it’s time to find a new tool, make your own tool or change what you are doing. Quite simply, you are getting a return – you are getting a free tool to use, free search traffic, free analytics, advertisement supported applications, services and more. If there are issues with any of these services, to which you are not paying for a dedicated service level, use a different one, make your own or stop all together.
Well, as you can tell, I have placed a few adsense blocks on the site. Have to try monetization at least a bit to offset the cost of the server.
Things seem to have gone pretty smoothly, and I am getting reports that the site load time is pretty decent, so that is a plus. I have most of the plug-ins I use reinstalled and configured, minus one or two of them that I chose to wait a bit on. One of the nice things is, with the new server I have access to more updated software, which allows more functionality for use in the blog and other areas.
Well, after much configuration (still some hiccups) I have the blog running on the new server, in a different location than before to boot. It has taken some doing, and after being down for nearly a week and a half, I have most of my posts salvaged and most of my content salvaged, though there is still some missing. My old server officially died with disk errors being present at boot up on December 10, 2008. I was able to get nearly 3 1/2 years use out of a $125 eBay special. Not bad.
The biggest thing was trying to get things transferred without any backups short of a database backup I made some weeks ago. Essentially, my old server was just that, old and with age comes problems. Needless to say I am now up and running on a pretty decent dual processor based server, with hands-on access to it at anytime should the need arise. My old server was located a 4 hour drive away, and the support costs of having the ISP that was performing the co-lo was going to be exponentially more than it was worth.
If you should notice anything strange or odd, feel free to send me a note about it. You will also notice there are currently no Google ads, or any other advertising at this time. I am still undecided on advertising on the site, since monetizing was never a forefront activity.