Why the website move

Submitted by Robert MacLean on Fri, 08/24/2007 - 12:00

If you are a regular to the site, you may know that I have had some great service from my previous hosting provider, Hetzner. Which may make you wonder why I decided I needed to move the site. Well the reality is it is about the money at the end of the day. When I joined Hetzner earlier in the year I took their Basic package since it met my needs, and I was able to sign up get sorted etc.... very quickly. Plus they are a South African company so getting help over the phone wasn't hard. What I didn't realize what how much space I got from my previous provider.

So I ended up with tight limits on what I could upload. Eventually I exceeded it (mostly with the photos) and started paying extra per month. Now based on how many photos I had sitting to upload I realized that this would get expensive and put a hold on uploading them (until today). Interestingly enough I hardly used any of the other services on the packages (bandwidth never exceeded, no mailboxes used, I have one forward to GMail etc...) so all I needed was disk space. I had thought of using sites like Flickr but it didn't appeal to me too much, and when my wife decided to start her own part time business and she needed a site I decided to look around again for something which would meet both our needs, as with Hetzner I would need another package.

Browsing the Drupal site (which I use for my CMS) I found a list of recommended hosting providers and started to go through that. I found Web Hosting Buzz  through that and was very impressed, and the fact there is a 30 day money back guarantee put me at ease. I signed up for my wifes site first and got that setup and once that was on moved my site across.

To give you an idea of differences:

   Hetzner WebHostingBuzz 
 Cost per month  R99

 R36 ($54 per year  * R8 exchange rate)

 Disk Space  100Mb  300Gb
 Transfer  1.5Gb  2000Gb
 Number of websites on package  1  Unlimited

It's kind of a no brainer for me ;) And I have put WHB to the test already with some interesting support calls and they have come through each time. One such example is I saw SSH access listed on their site (which Hetzner didn't provide) and when I inquired it was setup in minutes for me.

Would I recommend Hetzner still? Definitely but you need to be the right type of customer, the type who needs South African hosting and (ideally) has their own server. Nowadays for personal sites the options (free or paid) overseas are too good to compare.

New photos up

Submitted by Robert MacLean on Fri, 08/24/2007 - 11:37

There is around 200 new photo's up in the gallery at the moment. This is the second last batch of photos from Namibia/Botswana with another collection of photos from Swakopmunt coming up over the weekend.

New photos include

  • Seagulls Cry - The best camp site in Swakopmunt.
  • The direct dirt road between Swakop and Windhoek - Which is really a great dirt road (I did it in a Diesel VW polo 2 wheel drive with no issues) containing some of the most breathtaking views ever.
  • Spitzkoppe - The Spitzkoppe are some of the most beautiful mountains in Namibia with great climbing and camp sites (best in Nam).

Inspired, bored, idle

Submitted by Robert MacLean on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 13:16

So while waiting the eternity for files to be uploaded to the new server I decided to whip out my old faithful Gimp. I started playing around with gradients featuring transparency and ended up creating what looked like a book with a ribbon on it, using nothing more than 3 gradients and a white background.

Well what should go in my book? What words of wisdom can this book hold? How will this book change my life?

Based on the fact I'l feeling a little Cox-y lately I owed it to the big guy to put his pearls in it.

Check it out at DeviantArt

(I really love the way everandeverandeverandeveraneverandever.... runs off the last page) Laughing


Submitted by Robert MacLean on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 01:06

If you are reading this then you have reached SADev.co.za on our new hosts Laughing

Today is such a day

Submitted by Robert MacLean on Mon, 08/20/2007 - 13:02
People aren’t chocolates. D’you know what they are mostly? Bastards. Bastard-coated bastards with bastard filling. But I don’t find them half as annoying as I find naive bobble-headed optimists who walk around vomiting sunshine Dr. Perry Cox

Pierre is a biscuit

Submitted by Robert MacLean on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 15:04
Pierre can find his way out of a box Cool


Submitted by Robert MacLean on Fri, 08/17/2007 - 09:37
Just posting a notice here that the August 2007 version of the Microsoft CRM VPC is now out. You can get all the details at my information worker blog. Cool

Shiney new logo

Submitted by Robert MacLean on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 16:46

Sarah Grant noted today on the CRM team blog that support for Dynamics had been added to the MCP logo builder, which is great for me since it means I can now build a logo for myself Laughing Which will be shown with pride on website from now on. But for those reading through rss readers then here is the logo