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When I started my website, it all seemed so simple. There wasn't really even any question about which host I'd use. Let's face it, there wasn't much choice anyway. Everybody was with either Geocities or Tripod (although there was that brief period when nearly everybody left for Simplenet, then got stuffed when it vanished six months later). Now, though, it doesn't seem to be a complicated choice so much as a downright impossible one. There's gazillions of hosts, and everybody seems to have an opinion on why each one is rubbish or the Best! Thing! Ever!. And there's all these unforeseen complications. Host x requires you to post in their forum every week or they delete your site. Host y wants you to have at least 5GB bandwidth usage per month. Host z seems perfect, and then sneaks a coda into its Terms Of Service about needing to update your site regularly, and earn "credits" to keep it on the web. What happened to just hosting?! I eventually found one that seemed good, only to find that their website featured more spelling errors than I would have thought feasible for two pages that mostly just say "Register with us!". Which isn't exactly encouraging. It's not helped by the fact that all of these hosting companies, despite numbering in the hundreds, are actually owned by about three umbrella companies. So they're all the same, with all the same bizarre twists and turns - and all obsessed with something called MySQL, which sounds like something to do with squirrels, but presumably isn't. Fancy scripting is all very well, but it's really not necessary when all you want is somewhere to dump twelve years of Highlander fanfiction. And no, I don't want polls, a forum, or something peculiar called "Cron Jobs", which actually sounds rather painful.

I think I may have found somewhere, anyway. They seem fairly straightforward, and don't demand the soul of my first born child in return for providing a place to post some unnecessarily long stories about long dead TV shows. I'm not holding my breath, but I might be getting somewhere.

Bloody Geocities. I thought they'd go on forever. :( Mind you, if I'm honest their ads have annoyed me for a long time anyway. There's nothing wrong with ads on free hosting sites. They have to make their money somehow. When the ads take up half the page, though, it's getting ridiculous. Mind you, even that's better than credits, and forced forum-posting, and refusing to host any image files in case they're naughty...


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Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
I'm glad you've found a new home - and you know something really sad - I know what show your icon comes from, and I remember it clearly. Adrian Paul was in it and that's the "other guy".
Jun. 2nd, 2009 11:02 am (UTC)
Ah, but Adrian Paul was only in season two, which was the one nobody liked. Harrison's beardlessness in the icon shows that it's from season one, which didn't have Adrian Paul in it.

So you're not as sad as you thought. ;)
Jun. 2nd, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
well, I'm not as sad as YOU! Did they show War of the Worlds in Britain? They must've, but I thought it was just bad made-in-Canada sci-fi like Mutant X.
Jun. 2nd, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
Sad is good. ;)

Yes, it aired over here. Several times, although I think they only bothered with season two the once. It's out on DVD as well. I really enjoyed watching it again when the set came out.

It's actually not bad at all, though it does look a bit cheap at times. It certainly had a big following. It was one of the first TV shows to have an online presence. The old text-only chats that fans had back in around 1990 are still lurking on the net somewhere.
Jun. 2nd, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
Wow - I didn't even get online until 1996 when cable modems came out though I'd had a PC since 87.
Jun. 2nd, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, it surprised me too. I first got online in 1994, though that was only because I was at university. There were people around then bemoaning the loss of the "good old days" in the eighties, when only computer geeks had access to the Web. :)
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