Mini Cooper pulling a Bus

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Mini Cooper pulling a BusI know a lot of folks in this great big world will do an awful lot of crazy things to make a dollar stretch.  It’s been that way since I can remember in my lifetime.  However, it seems people lose sense of reality sometimes and go from saving pennies to complete idiocy.  I mean, why on earth would anyone want to pull a big old bus with a tiny car?  Maybe it can be done, maybe it can’t.  But why risk the destroying your investment to accomplish a small amount of savings.  Especially when you’re decision could wind up costing you way more than it would’ve to spend a couple more dollars to do it the right way.  Don’t believe me folks won’t pull a bus with a car?  Why not, unlike the made-up picture shown, the morons pictured below did things equally as bad for real.

I chose the car / bus comparison as most folks can relate to that.  Though this goes in the internet world as well.  I see it all the time and it drives me nuts.  I’ve mentioned a bit of it some time ago.  Talking about how a business would complain they are losing money when their simple, low cost internet connection would go down.  When they should’ve been running dual connections.  Sadly, this still happens.  Despite my explaining this time and again, they are under some goofy belief that internet is never supposed to go down.  Not even in a hurricane, damaged lines or power outage.  But there’s a reason I sell the shirts.  Some folks just can’t be taught.

Don’t even get me started on, “I lost my files or emails.”… /facepalm   All I got to say is BACKUPS!!! BACKUPS!!! BACKUPS!!!

When it comes to a business website, if you plan to have a lot of traffic and are going to rely heavily on emails always working without a hitch, you might not want to put it on a Shared Hosting solution.  At our small ISP, we’ve for some silly reason, decided to get into the web hosting game.  We have one server.  That handles all of our web hosting customers.  So if any one of them get hacked or get attacked with a virus on their computer and starts spewing out spam.  It can get everyone on that lonely server into trouble.  If the machine (which only has one IP address) blacklisted, then everyone starts having email problems.  Depending on the severity of the attack, that could take up to 48 hours to clear up.  If someone’s shoddy website code gets compromised, it could bring a denial of service attack on it and interrupt service.  Honestly shared hosting is for low cost websites doing meager business or are simply personal and blog websites.  I don’t even have my websites on our servers.  As I know what can happen.  I actually pay for a Virtual Private Server from a different company.  I get my own dedicated IP and my activity doesn’t interfere with any other people’s business.  Plus it’s incredibly affordable even for my several websites.  It’s only like $5 more a month than Shared Hosting.  Now if I were pulling in thousands of dollars, it would be well worth my investment to move to a Dedicated Server.  Because then my business would be dependent on internet visibility.  Yet our local Airport and Real Estate company insist to lose money on interruptions in their low cost service rather than making an investment in a solution that would save them the money in the long run.

Then you got Ma and Pa who want to get the cheapest internet connection we have, then call and complain when their Netflix won’t work over it without a lot of frustration.  Unfortunately our low cost service barely even comes close to supporting movie streaming.  Even when they get informed about it, they still insist on trying.  However, as I frequently say, “Reading is Fundamental.”.

Below are the Internet download speed recommendations per stream for playing movies and TV shows through Netflix.

  • 0.5 Megabits per second – Required broadband connection speed
  • 1.5 Megabits per second – Recommended broadband connection speed
  • 3.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for SD quality
  • 5.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for HD quality
  • 25 Megabits per second – Recommended for Ultra HD 4K quality

Unfortunately, our little ISP can only get you 3Mbps on average.  In some cases up to 7Mbps.  If you’re incredibly lucky.

Short of the story is; if you want it to do what you want it to do.  Then you must spend the appropriate amount of money to do it.  Don’t complain when you are simply a cheapskate and it doesn’t work for you just because you expect it too.

Technology only does what you tell it to do.  Not what you want it to do.