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Not Acceptable, Dammit! Not Acceptable! - Elf M. Sternberg
Not Acceptable, Dammit! Not Acceptable!
Well, after making a yummy risotto last night (one carrot, one onion, one stalk of celery, 2 oz. of prosciutto, mince and saute for 5 minutes in 2 tbsp olive oil; add 2 cups of aborio rice and saute one minute more, add 1/2 cup white whine and wait until liquid boils off, then add 1/2 cup of warmed stock-- in our case, leftover turkey stock from the freezer-- and wait until liquid is absorbed, stirring. Keep adding stock 1/2 cup at a time until the batch is creamy but not soupy-- about 20 minutes. The intervals over which you add the stock should lengthen as time goes on, too. Once you've got the mix right, add 2 tbsp butter and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, remove from heat, salt and pepper to taste, and if you're feeling fancy, maybe some fresh parsley. Serve soon.) I went to try out the new newserver.

*Sigh* There are three things on which to rate a newsserver. They are retention, completeness, and speed. Drizzle's server really doesn't rate high on any of these. For the text groups, it's great. I don't object to it at all. But for the foreign binaries, like the anime groups, the completeness index is zero. I've had 100% failure over the past three days.

This morning I hacked up a new version of listgroups, my traditional script for keeping track of what binaries I've requested and will want in the future. I made some changes that ought to have improved the performance significantly. The speed is still terrible, and the completion rate is, well, not acceptable.

It really seems that I'm going to have to go al'a carte with my services. That's okay; I've needed to shake stuff up for a while now. I've gotten too soft and set in my ways.

So, sad to say, sometime after January, I'll be moving off drizzle. I'll be getting my own domain and a new server. Someone pointed me to a server with 300MB of space and a 5GB traffic limit, but I think the 100MB and 10GB traffic limit at Enki is pretty tempting for only $70/year. And that would leave me a budgeted amount for Usenet, too. Hmm.

Current Mood: annoyed annoyed
Current Music: ABBA, Eagle

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featheredfrog From: featheredfrog Date: December 21st, 2004 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Has anyone pointed you at dreamhost.com yet? Great tech support, but mostly for webhosting, email etc. I don't think they have a newshost [yet, but they may have sneaked one in while I wasn't looking...]

great buncha people.
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