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corporate colo

corporate colo, 500GB, 1U, 1 IP, Los Angeles.

Info on setting up:

I should have known this, no?


Ah, these guys are cheap!!! Yayas

It's what wikipedia uses


ok... I'm happy now...

Still digging for hosts

Went looking at http://www.bqinternet.com/, as well as http://steadfastnetworks.com/. I like the latter a LOT... Looking good!


Am thinking.

I need a host to play with stuff with. I want to look at openhosting.com, but I want debian, so...

Where is Jim Driscoll?

Jim Driscoll hasn't posted in his blog in a month. Is he becoming a member of the Chris Mahan Annual Blog Club?

Laura Ramsey, on Open Source Marketers

from Laura's blog, at: http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/laurar?entry=open_source_m_m_m

and my comment left there until the moderator hits delete:)

It's not about bringing the consumer to the product, it's about making the product the customer has dreamed of longingly for years.

The beauty of open-source as practiced by geeks is that they build the things that matter to them, which in turn are the things they like. This is why they are attached to them, want to work on them, and are rabid in their defense.

Word of mouth is the Holy Grail of any marketing. Geeks are great about word of mouth. They don't do it on billboards, on radio ads, or TV spots; they don't do it in splashy magazine ads or in at trade shows with bored-yet-smiling bikini-clad beauties, nor do they do it in executive board rooms while pointing at slick powerpoint presentations with pen-shaped laser pointers.

The real marketing of open source happens in personal websites, the kind that uses times new roman and black on white text. It happens in IRC in between idolized Natalie Portman references and occasional deviations into deviant behavior with devious people, on obscure forums, in coffee shops, lan parties, on MMORPG in-game talk, in IM, person-to-person email and email lists, on slashdot and kuro5hin.

Yes, those are all places of much difficulty to access by the regular media. These are places where geeks and near-geeks hang out. These are the fetish clubs of the underground scene, the chess and D&D clubs of high school, the place where jocks and bullies are not only not welcome, but actively put down. These places are sometiems seedy, racy, immature, trolly and flamy. These places are not for the faint of heart. And not for advertizers like Ford and Procter&Gamble. No Siree. These are the places where the rubber meets the road, where you can't pretend anymore because your true colors will come out.

Now, how does this relate to the open source marketers? Well, that's because that's where they are. They are there, by the hundreds of thousands, in this mass of humanity modern media so disdainfully dismisses as "the fringe".

Oh, and it's a hard road making inroads, as many have discovered, since these people have developped very effective self-defense mechanisms against jocks and bullies, over years and years, some since their early teens.

It's no wonder you don't know their names. or handles, as the case may be.