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What Are Y'all Up To?

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 5:25 AM

That's the question of the week.

How's that for the ultimate in simple posts? ;)

Moving and More Hosting Specials

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 8:54 PM
Hi everyone,
I promise not to make this a habit (Really! Please forgive me ahead of time), but I wanted to do one more run with the web hosting special, because I had an idea I found exciting after my previous posting. I hope this doesn't bug anyone, but feel free to let me know if I did. If anyone else wants to plug their services to balance things out from me, let me know.

My current server (the one these lists are on) is grandfathered in at a much better price than one could get it for today, I found out. With that in mind, rather than shutting it down (as I had planned) when I moved accounts over to the new server, it struck me that perhaps I should replace the hard disk and any other parts that might be in need of replacement and start it over fresh with just a few larger accounts on it that recognize that lower price, for those who would like something like a quarter or half server (like buying half a rotisserie chicken!).

So, I came up with two “semi-dedicated plans” for the soon to be “remodeled” server. My main goal for the server is to use it as a place to store some backups and be available for redundancy; as such, I expect only to have only a few accounts on it — meaning it will be fairly quiet and private on there, much more so than a normal non-dedicated hosting package (even my usual ones — and I am overly zealous on the idea of keeping the number of accounts on a server down). I would expect it will have less than 10 accounts — perhaps as few as two or three if a few of the XE30K, seen below, were put on it. None of the accounts are oversold, you would be entitled to use every last drop of space and bandwidth mentioned below. The soon-to-be-remodeled server is in Dallas, TX. I also have the older special deal plans below, the larger of which you could have in your pick of Dallas or Washington, DC (the new server), the smaller of which will only be in DC.

I could also work out something custom, like a plan that offered some space on both servers for extra redundancy or whatever other reason might amuse you.

Thanks everyone for bearing with me!


Semi-Dedicated Extended Edition XE15K
- 15 GB Storage Space
- 250 GB transfers
- Virtually Unlimited POP/IMAP boxes
- Virtually Unlimited MySQL databases
- Virtually Unlimited FTP accounts
- Vanity Name Servers (ns1 and
- cPanel and Fantastico
- Located in Dallas, TX

$40/month paid quarterly or annually

Semi-Dedicated Extended Edition XE30K
- 30 GB Storage Space
- 500 GB transfers
- Virtually Unlimited POP/IMAP boxes
- Virtually Unlimited MySQL databases
- Virtually Unlimited FTP accounts
- Vanity Name Servers (ns1 and
- cPanel and Fantastico
- Located in Dallas, TX

$70/month paid quarterly or annually

Special Edition SE1000
- 1 GB Storage Space
- 20 GB transfers
- Virtually Unlimited POP/IMAP boxes
- 4 MySQL databases
- 10 subdomains or parked domains
- 2 FTP accounts
- cPanel and Fantastico
- Located in Dallas, TX or Washington, DC

$10/month paid annually

- Add Vanity name servers (ns1 and for $2/month

Special Edition SE100

- 100 MB Storage Space
- 5 GB of transfers
- Virtually Unlimited POP/IMAP boxes
- 1 MySQL database
- Several domains or parked domains (how many do you need?)
- cPanel and Fantastico

$4/month paid annually

- Add Vanity name servers (ns1 and for $2/month

I mention the term “virtually unlimited” on a few things below. That's just to say, I realize nothing can be unlimited — there's bound to be a point where the server software won't do any more, or it causes things to jam up or whatever. But, if it doesn't cause problems, and I doubt anyone would add so many POP3 accounts that it did (etc.), then go at it. There won't be an arbitrary limit, and I'm not the type to inflict something like that on you later, just what it takes to make sure the server runs smoothly. Concerns? Let me know.


By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 5:50 AM

Well, first, I should note that yesterday was the second time I had an opportunity to blog on my blog on a leap day! How exciting. I intended to say something particular about that, but did not! Oops.

Also, I realized my blog's birthday went by without observation. Yes, it was in the last week of February 2002 that the site eventually known as asisaid came alive. I need to bump up my “years blogging” meter on the side column to six!

Finally, it seems fitting, then, to wish a VERY HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY to Christopher, one of my oldest blogging buddies. Hope you had a good one, Mr. WIT!?!?!

Almost Made It

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 6:18 AM

One goal I continually float before myself as a blogger is that of posting at least a post a day for a month. I've done it a number of times — and gone on even longer stretches — but not in recent times, thanks to the schedule of seminary. Well, I almost made it this month while I was off, but forgot completely about posting yesterday. Oh well. It is kind of a silly goal, I suppose, but I'm still disappointed to have missed it. The helpful part about such a goal is that it forces me to examine life, the universe and everything and come up with something to say by the end of each day. Without that pressure, I'm more inclined to put off writing and have less of an array of topics covered here. As such, I think I will try again in February.

Oops... Nameless was Postless.

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 5:05 AM

In case you tried to follow the links in the last post to go read “Nameless,” you may have been driven crazy by the fact that the links simply came back to the front page. Not that I have a terribly good reason you should want to go read it and if you are a long time reader, you've already seen the posts anyway. But, I've fixed the links, in case anyone did want to read the posts.

Closing up shop.

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 4:59 AM

Well, this is it. I've given up on blogging. I'm out of words. Farewell!

Blogroll Broken

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 8:48 PM

It seems my blogroll has gone missing. I pull it off, so maybe they changed the way they distribute blogrolls. Never fear, my links to finer blogs across the world will return — hopefully sooner than later.

New Look

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 4:07 AM

Well, it was not intentional, but asisaid celebrated its fifth birthday with a new look. Last night I was feeling rather worn out, and so decided I needed to do something different — doing a little web design hit the spot. As I was finishing up, I realized it was a perfect thing to be doing to recall that my personal web site became blogified on February 21, 2002.

Yes, the internet somehow has put up with me opining for five whole years here. Open for Business celebrated its fifth year last October. I'm starting to feel like a regular internet fixture! ;)

Let me know if you see any bugs in the new design. I'm still tweaking it, and it may adjust a bit more, but after two years with the last look it was time for something new. About every year or two I alternate between a green and a blue design, and staying true to that trend (which I do not follow on purpose) we are in the blue era again.

Spam Wars

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 5:54 PM

A couple of days ago, I noted an increase in blog spamming on asisaid. Now, generally speaking, asisaid was ignored by blog spammers in the past, so I'm not sure how long it has been broken, but I've discovered the blacklists I checked against were no longer in service. No wonder the filter wasn't blocking spammers!

I've switched my filters around and merged in more of Brad Choate's SpamLookup (the official spam filter for MT, which, since it is written in Perl, can be easily integrated with SAFARI) so that I check not only the links but also the IP address of the poster. Hopefully this will work. If not, I plan on requiring authentication for commenting (e.g. you'll link your e-mail address with a password and verify that e-mail address), unless any of my regular readers object to that.

What a Run!

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 5:30 AM

From July 1 through November 8, I believe I posted at least one blog post everyday. It was the longest run I've ever done of daily blog posting. It was a good exercise, I think, because it forced me to say what was on my mind rather than writing posts that were more like articles. Blogging in that mode serves as a form of catharsis and deconstruction of the day. I played with some creative ideas on days that I didn't have anything in particular I wanted to post about. It was good.

Unfortunately, on November 9, I forgot to post, somehow. I'm not sure how — I thought I had, but if I did, the post was lost in cyberspace. And, since the record was already ended, I figured I might as well take another day off yesterday. But, I'm back now. Perhaps if I get time tomorrow, I'll verify I really did post all of the rest of the days.

Incidentally: I'm really upset with the late theologian Francis Schaeffer. I've never read any of his works, and tonight I ran into one of them cheap on Amazon, so I used “Look inside” to read some of it. In the small part I saw, he labeled Karl Barth, T.S. Eliot and Soren Kierkegaard as part of those who have taken society below “the line of despair.” From the reviews, it sounds like he views Thomas Aquinas as part of the problem of creating this “line of despair” as well. What in the world would give him such an idiotic idea?

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