Business Management

Installing BOINC / World Community Grid on Ubuntu (not Centos)

Installing BOINC Some of you may have read our previous article on world community grid, saying why it is a good idea to donate your spare cpu time. We recommended this for desktop computers mostly, but also servers if they are completely idle. If you want, you can also join team IOFLOOD on world community grid.

How should I protect my dedicated server – backups, or RAID?

In the rush to get by with daily life, often we don’t think much about how our data is stored. But as anyone who has experienced a hard drive failure can tell you, once you’ve lost your data, you wish you had done something to keep it safe to begin with. So often times, we

DDoS protection, does my server need it?

Many of us have heard about DDoS attacks recently, as they are becoming more and more common and reported in the news. Some of us may have been targeted by them, or otherwise impacted. A question we get from a lot of customers is “Do I need DDoS protection?” The answer is much like “what

Managed or Unmanaged Dedicated Server provider?

A lot of hosts will offer either managed or unmanaged dedicated servers, with wildly varying prices in both categories. It can be difficult to know exactly how much service and support you get from either option. Should you choose managed? If so, what does that include? Should you go with “unmanaged”? If so, what will

Why buy a dedicated server for web hosting?

Should I choose a dedicated server for web hosting, or a VPS? With dedicated servers becoming more and more powerful, older dedicated servers come down in price regularly but still offer a lot of “oomph”. If price were not a concern, then getting a high end dedicated server would always be best. For most of

World Community Grid: Using idle CPU power to cure diseases

You may have wondered what to do with your extra computing power. You have a computer at home that sits idle all of the time, but what can you do with it? A good option is to participate in IBM’s World Community Grid. This will use the spare computing power of your home computer or

Honesty starts with yourself

I wanted to share something that I feel is important to me. I feel that if you want to accomplish anything in life, you need to be honest more than most people are, and most of all, honest to yourself. If you can’t even be honest with yourself about what you’re good at, not good

How video games taught me to run a business

Many of you enjoy video games, which are seen by some as a kind of guilty pleasure, good as entertainment, but not worthwhile aside from that. I’m the first to admit that spending hundreds of hours playing games will often get in the way of more productive pursuits. Nevertheless, there can be a positive side

Destroy “Small business disease”

I’d like to talk to you today about an insidious problem that afflicts most self employed and entrepreneurial people. I call it “small business disease”. Let’s say you start a business, and you end up with a working business model. You have a repeatable marketing and production process, and people are buying what you have

Hosting Best Practices Part 1: Server Cancellations

It’s 3am, and you get woken up by a flood of calls from angry customers. You stumble over to the computer to see what’s going on, and sure enough, you can’t reach your server. You send your hosting company a trouble ticket, thinking the server must have crashed again, a nuisance, but no big deal,