Dude, You’re Totally Harshing My (Google) Buzz

Absolutely, 100% by accident, I managed to discover that my server had fallen victim to an interesting SQL/PHP injection attack. I began to notice some odd search traffic that resulted in one or two hits to both of the sites on this server and decided to Google the hostnames to see what the results were. Lo, and behold, my site and content descriptions had changed from carefully crafted statements and a handful of appropriate keywords to a laundry list of figures from the French Revolution, random pharmaceuticals and reviews of the latest japanese sports cars. Continue reading

Now, We Are Fünf

The 6er has developed a frustratingly intermittent run-start gremlin, well, it’s re-developed the gremlin, which first reared its head 2 years ago, and disappeared after two months of diagnostics. Using an antique BMW coupe as a daily driver has finally caught up with me and the E24, which served me well through bachelordom just isn’t practical for duties as a dad-mobile. Continue reading

2009: NC Democrats Push Anti-Municipal Broadband Legislation, Threatening to Derail Federal Stimulus Money

Originally posted to BlueNC.com back in April 2009. In the meantime, Ty Harrell has resigned due to adultery and questionable finances and Verizon sold its stake in North Carolina to Frontier Communications. Reposted here for archival purposes, because the “Level Playing Field/Cities/Service Providers” bill is back, for a fourth encore.

As reported by the Independent Weekly, Representative Ty Harrell (D-Wake) and State Senator David W. Hoyle (D-Gaston) have penned SB1004 (and it’s House counterpart, HB1252), known as the “Level Playing Field/Cities/Service Providers” bill. Contrary to its name, the bill seeks to prevent municipal governments from installing high-speed broadband or wireless internet service and acting as an ISP, even if commercial ISPs have no plans to offer service to their communities.

Close on the heels of Time Warner Cable’s announcement that it would begin testing “tiered bandwith” caps in Greensboro, and the annoucement of Salisbury’s plan to follow in Wilson’s footsteps and provide fiber to the home for its residents (promising symmetrical speeds of up to 100Mbps), these bills not only threaten the possibility that North Carolina will finally claw its way above the national average in residential broadband access, and do so in an affordable manner, it also threatens North Carolina’s access to the $4.7 billion the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has set aside from the $787 billion stimulus package to bring broadband to underserved and un-served communities.

Read on for legislative contact information and learn why North Carolina isn’t likely to receive fiber internet any time soon…
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I think I need a new server

I’ve been proudly self-hosting dvsmith.net for many years, but a number of recent server hiccups (including a new mystery gremlin that brings Apache to its knees every 22-24 hours) and the absolutely awful quality of Time Warner’s “Business Class” RoadRunner service, have convinced me that it’s time to move to an off-site host.

The requirements are:

  • Less than $10 per month for hosting all three domains
  • Shell access
  • MySQL
  • PHP
  • WordPress
  • and terms that allow artistic nudity (for my photo site)

The candidates are:

Any thoughts/suggestions?