A New Era

I suppose after all that’s happened over the last week, you’re probably wondering “What the heck is going on?”
And I suppose I owe you an explanation.
As many of you already know, I was fired from M1 for causing 10 minutes of server downtime.
Obviously, this forced me to find a new host.
At first, I said I’d be down for months to years, but it came out to less than 24 hours.
I was offered hosting by Chris of FreeResellers (thanks!), but due to the lack of the full control I’m used to, and the inability to run certain things I need to be able to run, I decided to purchase a VPS from UCVHost.

So far, I’m quite impressed.

As always, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Anyway, what does this mean?

A. It means I’m not under Tom’s control anymore. I’m free! 

B. I’m having to shell out $32.50/month. (so much for “free,” huh)

C. I can now offer various services, as described below.

First off, I’d like to announce the return of the TiNternet IRC.

It’s at the same place, although we lost the databases, so we had to start from scratch.

tinternet.justindaigle.com port 6667 in #coffeeshop as always.

Anyway, join and register. Let’s make the third incarnation of the IRC the best yet (and hopefully the last).

Did I mention (mainly for a certain lazy person) that I finally got aliases working?

Secondly, we have TiNterDNS, my new DNS service.

For those who don’t feel like reading the rest of this, just point your DNS to 174.37.165.180.

So, we all know what DNS is, right?

It resolves host names into IP addresses.

And it’s free, flawless, and everyone’s happy, right?

Wrong.

You normally have to pay $10/year for domains, and you’re limited to certain TLD’s.

TiNterDNS plans to change that.

Why? Doesn’t OpenNIC already offer this?

Yes. And we have no intention to compete with them. Actually, we use OpenNIC as an upstream DNS, meaning you can take advantage of OpenNIC by using TiNterDNS.

This handy little diagram should explain it quite well:

Actually, for me, you can add “Home Server” between “TiNterDNS” and “You.” I have a DNS server set up on my home server as well.

So the all-important question comes up.

Why should I use this?

I’d be asking too. But here’s why.

We’re better than the “official” DNS (and as my diagram illustrates, you still have access to them anyway, so why not? We couldn’t work without them, because then TiNterDNS would suck and nobody would use it ). We don’t require you to pay outrageous yearly charges for domains. Just go to the forums (which I’ll discuss in a bit) and ask for one.

We’re better than OpenNIC. We don’t limit you to certain TLD’s that have to be voted on before you can use them (even then, they only have eight right now).

You’re free to be as creative (or as not-creative) as you want. However, we won’t let you use TLD’s that overlap official or OpenNIC ones. Sorry, but this could cause problems. The staff reserve the right to make exceptions, and so far we’ve already done so. tinter.net redirects to the forum if you’re using TiNterDNS. We don’t think anyone will miss it. It’s just some crappy German site. I plan to make one more exception in the near future, and document them all on the forums. Don’t worry, these exceptions won’t be very common. I’ve had these two planned since the very beginning.

For those of you who read all this and don’t feel like looking back up, once again, it’s at 174.37.165.180.

Finally, for the first time in over two years, justindaigle.com has its own forums.

http://justindaigle.com/forum/

Why? Your forums always suck.

I’ll be the first to admit it.

But these forums have a fundamental difference from past forums.

Past forums were a product of boredom.

These are a product of necessity for a support offering for the TiNternet services.

Anyway, for now, I’m running the forums, the IRC, and the DNS all on my own.

Most of the old IRC staff are welcome back.

I’ll staff the forums as necessary.

Finally, the DNS will have maybe two people running it at the very most. This results from the requirement of having administrative access to the server to manage it.

Meaning you have full access to the files on my site, the DNS, the forums, and anything else I may happen to be working on. I don’t give this out lightly.

Don’t even ask. Asking = instant “No.”

If you have to ask, you’re not one of the VERY few people I’d trust for the position.

A couple of final notes.

I DO have more reviews planned. I actually have two lined up right now. One I can do at any time, and the long-awaited Colloquy review I’ll do as soon as iOS4 for iPad is released and jailbroken (I do have a reason for this requirement; perhaps I’ll explain it with the review).

Finally, as far as my personal life is concerned, I start my senior year in high school next Wednesday.

I’m also taking a few college courses, and I’m quite excited about this. I’m quite ready for my first taste of college life. I’ve been ready.

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