Both my hosting and e-mail packages were renewed for another year this week. The event which passed quietly made me think about the times when I had free hosting and e-mail. My “server” was actually located in a decent data centre, in Harbour Centre, just a block away from where I work now. The unfortunate thing was that the server was actually someone’s hobby computer. As some of you long time readers know, it was prone to crashes. This site along with my e-mail were unavailable anywhere from hours to days at a time. Since I didn’t pay anyone for such services, there was no tech support of any kind. I had to rely a friend to physically go to the server in some windowless room and reboot the computer by hand.
It’s been nearly three years since I started paying for hosting and e-mail. I wish I had done so earlier. I can’t think of a single time since then that this site or my e-mail has been unavailable. I wholeheartedly recommend the fine folks at GoDaddy.com for all your domain, hosting, and e-mail needs. I pay less than $40 a year to keep this dog and pony show running and it’s worth every penny.