[H-ADMIN] Paying for hosting via PayPal

Greg Black gjb at yaxom.com
Sat Apr 2 20:20:41 EDT 2016

On 2 April 2016 at 22:55, Russell Stuart <russell-humbug at stuart.id.au> wrote:
> Oh, and I should also add that last meeting Gaz asked about the cost of
> hosting.  As you know he ponders things out loud for a long time, and I
> was attempting to teach myself Rust at that time.  Clever guy, that
> Gaz. I found this for him:
>    https://lowendbox.com/blog/openvirtuals-16year-openvz-256mb-ram-90gb
> -hd-1tb-bw-in-atlanta/
> It turns out for USD$20/yr, fixed for life, provides we get what we are
> getting now from Digital Ocean for USD$60/yr.  Well, maybe, because
> Digital Ocean is more of a known quantity.
> I've personally signed up because my current USA VPS costs me
> USD$60/yr, and I'm a sucker for cheap crap.  It's worked well for the
> past 96 hours.  Crissic worked well when we signed up of course, but
> only for 2 years.
> USD$20/yr is a 50% discount rate for marketing purposes.  I imagine it
> will expire at some time. I don't know when - maybe soon, maybe not.
> It turned out moving the Humbug was very easy, so I can easily do it
> again. So I'm asking the Exec and Sasig if we should move again, as it
> MAY save us money in the long term.  Note we have just paid for 7
> months hosting on Digital Ocean, so we lose in the short term.  But at
> 12 months on we are ahead.  And we don't really lose the credits at
> Digital Ocean.  They stay around forever, so we can switch back if it
> all turns to shit.
> I vote yes for the move.

Here's my take on it. We know Digital Ocean is working well for us now,
so let's not take any hasty action just yet.

I'd like Russell to attach his Nagios monitor to his own new VPS (with
nags coming to me as well, as we have done for the Humbug site) so that
we can at least get some data on how well it works. It's not the same as
the Humbug website in terms of load and traffic, but it would tell us

Then, assuming it all goes well for the next three weeks, we could set
up the new thing at the Humbug meeting on 23 April, so limiting us to
another $5 for Digital Ocean.

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