Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Tuesday, October 21, 2021

…We’re back. In case anyone noticed this blog was down for the better part of today.

The reason: I was changing hosting companies for PopulationStatistic.com, and the move from one server to another had to take place somewhat piecemeal. Unfortunately I didn’t have the luxury of taking the day off just to attend to this little ol’ blog.

But the job’s done now. At least as far as I can tell. There’s always some nagging little detail to miss when it comes to moving or upgrading a WordPress installation, but it appears to have come off cleanly. If anything snafus, hopefully I’ll catch and fix it forthrightly.

With that, I’ll give a thankful shout-out to HostGator, the new hosting provider hereabouts. I needed their tech support to complete the import of my WP MySQL database backup (I guess it’s fairly large at 17MB), and they did it for me quickly and cleanly. To boot, the site already feels a lot zippier, especially on the backend. I’m crossing my fingers that the experience stays positive. The fact that they run on green energy, and let you know about it, is an added bonus (as expressed by the “Hosted By” button tag I’m displaying in the lower-left sidebar on this page).

That’s the yin, here’s the yang: This switcheroo was necessitated by the crappy service rendered by my now-former Web host, BlueHost. This was my second year with the Utah-based company; the first year was fairly trouble-free. But this year, I’ve had consistent uptime problems since April. They started small and basically accelerated to the point where, lately, this site’s seen downtime of several minutes at various points during each day. As far as I can tell, BlueHost is embarking upon a massive expansion of its client base, and they simply can’t handle additional strain on their equipment — i.e., they’ve gotten too big for their britches. I’ve sent a couple of trouble tickets their way, and even directly emailed CEO Matt Heaton, to no avail. I’m not one to waste much time and effort in that avenue — I realize it’s fruitless. So after giving BlueHost ample time to address its growing pains, I washed my hands of the deal. Summation: BlueHost sucks. And there’s no way I’d recommend it, for personal or (especially) business projects.

That’s that, as far as this chapter of the blog housekeeping goes. I’m crossing my fingers I won’t have to address this again anytime soon. Justify my early-stage love, HostGator!

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/21/2008 06:25:44 PM
Category: Bloggin', Business
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You can add one more name to the growing list of high-ranking Republicans and conservatives endorsing Barack Obama: Sarah Palin.

No, the GOP Vice-Presidential hopeful isn’t outright declaring support for the opposition. But her recent appearance on the Christian Broadcasting Network came off as so much personal damage control: She reiterated her conservative credentials, pointedly showing off her divergences with John McCain’s more pragmatic positions on gay marriage and religion. To me, the aim was for Palin to disassociate herself from her running mate’s centrist politics and demonstrating her ideological purity.

Not a ringing endorsement for success in November.

I think Palin sees the writing on the wall, and is laying the groundwork for her post-McCain future. She’s reached the national stage, and she wants to stay there. Since the Vice Presidency isn’t looking likely, she’ll reinforce her base support now, while the iron is hot, and see how far she can ride the wave for the next four years.

Never a good sign when the veep half of the ticket essentially bails out. At least she’s planning ahead.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/21/2008 10:15:02 AM
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It worked for oil, so why not for another non-renewable energy resource? Iran, Qatar, and Russia are contemplating the formation of an OPEC-style global cartel for natural gas exporters.

Which would give the world OGEC, or maybe even ONGEC. Neither acronym really rolls off the tongue. Too bad they can’t emphasize the hydrocarbon basis of mostly-methane gas, and go with OHEC — as in, “Oh heck! Why’s my gas bill so high? Damn Russians!”

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/21/2008 09:43:29 AM
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