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Jedi Group, my T1 and money   -   2002/07/12Viewed 424 times this month, last update: 2002/07/29


Well, Jedi Group Inc. is out of money. I stopped billing web-hosting clients a few months ago, after I lost the only large client ($300/month), since by that point it almost cost more to bill people than the money it brought in.
So, Jedi Group has just enough money to pay Verio for the T1 till the end of the month, and pay for the install of my new COX business class cablemodem. The T1 is great, I love it, but I just can't take up the $700/month bill. So, we go from 1.5Mb/sec to 128kb/sec. The transition will probably mean a few hours of downtime for this site, and the others I host, like JonSullivan.com and JunkNet.com but it shouldn't be too bad. Assuming COX gets on the stick and gets me installed before the end of the month!
There should be about a week of connectivity overlap, where the cablemodem and the T1 are both operational, and durring that time DNS will be migrated. Then, while both are still on-line, I'll start pointing www.* records to the new address. By the end of the month, I should be seeing no traffic on the T1, and I can just turn it off without pissing anyone off. Of course, it never works out that way. :-(
Anyone who wants web hosting, (mysql, postgres, php, cgi, mail, pop, imap, dns) and is willing to kick in a few bucks will help out a lot. Of course, I'm not about to go less than a cablemodem, so I guess there isn't too much to worry about.
For those of you concerned that I am now relegated to 'net connectivity for common folk, rest easy. When I move out of my apartment in 5 months, I'll try to get a cheap T1 again.

Update: 07/19/2002:

My firewall, with the cablemodem on top, next to my Exide/AT&T UPS
COX just finished installing my new cablemodem. I'm going to have a lot more space in my cabinet (See: My Workspace) once I take out the NIU, CSU/DSU and router. Sigh. Anyway, now I have to figure out how I'm going to route the thing. I've only got 5 addresses, so I have to do some trickery in the firewall to allow all eight of my computers to use it. I'll probably write an article about that. (See: My Firewall)

Update: 07/23/2002:
Ok, I've begun the switch to the cablemodem. The firewall is doing the magic, and I am slowly pointing DNS over to the new address. If you're one of those on a super-fast internet connection, you may see a slower response time from the server. Sorry, can't be helped. Crappy-ass cablemodems....

Update: 07/29/2002:
I just turned off my T1 equipment, and put the cablemodem ethernet cable into port 1 of my switch (the most prestigious port). Sigh. The cablemodem gets the job done, but just barely.
On the up side, I re-figured out how to connect to the serial console port of my Compaq Netelligent 5226a switch. It needs hardware flow control to be off. How wonderful. I'm cranky! Guess I need to do some SCUBA diving...

Comments:
Matt Bell (2002-07-12): What a bummer. I like the new viewed counter at the top of each article!

Erik (2002-07-12): Thanks! I'm sure it's very confusing though, since it doesn't count views of the article if you see it just by going to the main page (which shows the 4 most recent articles). You have to click on it either in the 'new stuff' box, or from a link in another article. I love databases. PostgreSQL rocks.

Matt Bell (2002-07-23): Just count yourself lucky that you can even get cable modem service. I am stuck with this crappy 400K dsl at the office...

Erik (2002-07-23): Phffft! To get a static IP address on a cablemodem, you have to get 'business class service', wich costs a lot more. So, I only got 128kbit/second both directions. $250/month.

Matt Bell (2002-07-23): Holy crap! At those prices you might as well stick with the T-1! That's an awful lot for an ISDN line. Are you without DSL coverage in your neck of the woods? You might even look into fixed wireless broadband. Some areas have it where you have a little patch antenna outside and a 10MB connection.

Erik (2002-07-23): Sorry, I was remembering wrong, I got a 256down/128up connection for $145/mo. It's pretty slow, so maybe I'll go to 512/384.

Erik (2002-07-23): Oh, and I checked on 'alternate' uplink providers, including wireless and satilite. No go. No go on DSL too, since I don't connect directly to a C.O. My POTS lines go straight into a fibre hut, then ride a SONET ring to the C.O.

NoNameBob (2006-09-15): Wow.. amazing how much prices have changed and speed as well since this was written

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