Media Temple Raises Rates On IP Addresses

Don't get me wrong, I think MediaTemple, as a hosting company, is great and I understand having to make critical business decisions is not always easy.

However a recent change to thier policy for Additional IP Addresses took me by surprise. Via email earlier this year I was notified that I would be receiveing a 500% price increase for the cost of any additional IP addresses that we have associated with our servers.

Here is the email:

We have some important information to share with you regarding a price change to your subscription to our "Additional IP Address" service. Historically, we've been able to offer this service at an industry-low price point of $1. On February 15th, however, we will be increasing the price to $5 and here's why:
Why Now?
You are using what is known as an original IPV4 address which is being replaced with the newer, nearly infinite, IPV6 address space. Since IPV4 addresses are almost all gone, the demand has increased dramatically and we must adjust our business for current market conditions. You can learn more about IPV4 address scarcity here.

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Media Temple Outage - Nameserver issues

Well it happened this morning. One of our favorite webhosts had a nameserver issue that was intermittently affecting many of their client (yours truly included). Unfortunately for us, this issue was taking place just as I was on the phone with a potential new client discussing hosting.

Can you guess when the issue took place. Check out the screen shot from google realtime below.

Media Temple nameserver outage

All you need to do is look at the nifty little timeline which shows the volume of content & posts with the term media temple. :)

All in all, MT is usually pretty good in the communication department and that is one of the primary issues with many of the other hosting companies. Things happen and sometimes hardware and software can act up. It is how the situation is handled that many times makes the big difference between hosting companies. At least these guys posted a video to let you know they are working on the problem and then they update their knowledge base as information becomes available.

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Net Neutrality - we should all be concerned

Net Neutrality I have been reading quite a bit about Net Neutrality over the past several years. Obviously, because of the industry I am in, this is of great concern to me. However, it seems that the general public should be very concerned also. The importance of the Internet in all of our daily lives is unprecedented and will only grow in the future. Our reliance and dependence on the open information available to us is many times taken for granted.

Net Neutrality is a complex issue, but to break down in a simple form, it involves regulating the traffic on the Internet. Since the inception of the Internet, we have had free reign to travel where and when we want. Using Landline Internet (meaning connected to cable, phoneline, etc... Not cellular or satellite) we have not been limited to how much we can download and from where.

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Baby boomers jump on the Facebook bandwagon

Inside Facebook recently outlined user growth by age group covering the 120 days preceding February 1st. While 18-25 year olds still account for the most users on Facebook, the fastest growing segments include the 45-65 age groups. Interestingly, women over 55 accounted for the highest percentage growth (175.3%) with over 456,760 joining from October to January. Facebook now claims over 45 million active users throughout the United States.

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Facebook scams? Use common sense to stay safe.

Identity theft has found a new platform. A recent article about facebook on CNN.com discussed the proliferation of scammers on facebook. While identity theft, and scams in general, are not new to Facebook, the recent spike in incidents is concerning. I am sure a big portion of this can be attributed to the popularity of the system. Adding 600,000 new users daily can make you a big target. Although the only recommendations for staying safe were; "First, make sure your computer anti-virus programs are up to date; and tell online companies you want better privacy protection," given by Jim Lewis, director of the technology and policy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. There are other methods. Stay Safe on Facebook:
  1. Be careful what you post - Facebook is a public platform, don't post things that you would not want seen in public. Although there are networks and you can limit access, If you have 200 friends, you can't manually monitor each one
  2. Change your password once in a while - the same suggestions that apply to any of your online accounts apply to facebook

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virus makers now using PPC ads to distribute...

I recently saw a blog post that the malicious creators of ad-ware, malware and viruses are using pay-per-click ads to distribute their creations and infect innocent computers. I orginally cast this off as a myth. I made the assumption that the search engines would not allow this. However this morning, after searching on Yahoo for the term "Hollywood Florida Hotels" I came across an irrelevant sponsored ad (PPC) for something on South Beach (I will not state the domain name, because chances are, they have nothing to do with the virus and are an unknowing victim). After clicking on the ad, I was redirected to a different page that, fortunately for me, my antivirus called a warning. I moved the file to my vault as my trusty AVG antivirus program suggested and closed my browser. Fortunately all was OK. The odd part about this is that I rarely use Yahoo, and was only doing this for testing purposes. Although I don't like the monopoly that google is creating, their system works great and this is just another reason to steer clear of Yahoo. This is not to say that it wont happen on google but over the past month 99.9% of my searches are on google. I just spent 5 minutes on Yahoo and almost got a virus. The lesson to learn here... Always keep your antiv-virus and other programs up to date.

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