July – Month in Review

This is my first ever “monthly review” post. Through reflection on the past month’s achievements, I hope to motivate myself to achieve even more in the following month. The idea was inspired by this post by Belle Beth Cooper, though my reflection is going to be far more concise.

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Post contains 583 words and has no comments. Posted July 31, 2015 in Personal. 0

Why are .co domain names so expensive?

I started using a few .co domains when the .com equivalent was unavailable. They look almost as good and do sound rather snappy. I paid $12 for aviculture.co last year, but had to pay a whopping $39 to renew it this year.

It irked me that the domain tripled in price, so I took to Twitter with a quippy remark. Well; I think it was quippy, but your mileage may vary.

Fast forward a few weeks and I’m busy configuring an eNom domain re-seller account for my new hosting business. Seeing the “wholesale” price of .co domains made it obvious that they are being artificially inflated.

At wholesale price, I can buy a .co domain name for $10.99 a year. That’s roughly the same price as a .com domain, which sells at $10.13 a year.

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I sensed a business opportunity here. I could sell .co domains for less than half the price of other registrars and still make a sizable profit. I set the price to 14.95, clicked save and…

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Yup. There’s a minimum price on .co domains of $26.75. I can sell .com or .org domains at a loss, but I can’t apply less than a 300% markup on .co domains.

So why are .co domain so expensive? Because the registrars say so.

Post contains 213 words and has 1 comment. Posted July 23, 2015 in Entrepreneur. 0

ProcessAlive is still… alive, I guess.

The last update to ProcessAlive was almost three years ago, leading some to ask whether I had abandoned the project. The answer is no, it’s not dead. It just has a monumentally lazy developer.

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ProcessAlive 0.8 sports a refreshed user interface, handles saving of process list better and now automatically hides the interface when starting with Windows. I’ve also tested it on newer Windows versions and, assuming you run it as an administrator, it works absolutely fine.

If you find any bugs, please let me know so I can get them fixed in 2018.

Post contains 92 words and has no comments. Posted July 22, 2015 in Projects. 0

Lost & Found: Easy File Association Tool

Apparently I wrote a simple tool to assign file extensions to programs way back in 2011. I say apparently because I honestly don’t remember writing this it and only know it exists because TechSpot have it listed under my name with a link to my old website. Seems legit.

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Easy File Association tool is just that: a simple tool to assign file extensions to specific programs. Features include: Batch assignment of extensions, full x64 Windows support, protection against potentially dangerous assignments and an easy to use interface.

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Post contains 204 words and has no comments. Posted July 19, 2015 in Projects. 0

I started a web hosting business

As an occasional freelance web developer, I’ve had experience with a lot of different web hosting providers. That’s how I know that Web hosting companies are the absolute worst, unless you’re willing to spend a lot of money for a kickass provider like WiredTree.

The price of most hosting packages include a lot of things I don’t actually need. Customer support is the big one. I know what I’m doing. As long as the provider keeps the server online they won’t hear a peep out of me. Then there’s the confusing usage restrictions most shared hosts have. Sure, they all advertise unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited this and unlimited that; but we all know it’s just puffery. Start using some serious resources and they’ll kick you to the curb without hesitation.

To save them some money, I’ve started recommending to my clients that they host their websites on my servers instead of using a third-party provider. I built out the infrastructure, set up billing systems and eventually created the hosting service that I want to use. Now I want to offer it to the public at large. Enter The Web Atom:

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From the announcement post I wrote on The Web Atom

We figured that we were perfectly capable of keeping our clients websites running smoothly without any outside help. Why pay for a hosting provider with 24/7 customer support when it’s not needed? To save our clients money, we wanted a hosting provider that kept the server running, updated and secure and left everything else to us.

That’s when we decided to build our own hosting infrastructure. We rented a mix of VPS and dedicated services, stripped everything we didn’t need and offered shared services to our clients at near cost-price. We took over the server administration, saved them a load of cash and boosted our own profits in the process. A classic win/win situation.

Now we’re offering our incredibly affordable bare-bones hosting services to the general public. If you’re looking for hosting without the expensive extras, on reliable hardware with clearly-defined usage allowances; join us. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

The Web Atom is “no frills” web hosting. There’s no 24/7 customer support or fancy extras. Just a solid Linux web hosting service with clear usage allowances.

Offering less means we can charge less. A lot less. I think you will seriously struggle finding a cheaper provider.

Post contains 405 words and has no comments. Posted July 18, 2015 in Entrepreneur. 0

Malwarebytes Introduces Anti-Malware Product for Mac

Malwarebytes has acquired The Safe Mac and their Mac security product AdwareMedic, which has been updated and rechristened Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware for Mac.

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The product is very basic (after all, Mac threats are not especially sophisticated), but there are already plans to implement real-time protection, anti-exploit protection and enterprise-friendly capabilities.

Post contains 49 words and has no comments. Posted July 16, 2015 in Technology. 0