The gullible consumer

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Friday, September 29. 2006 in Junk Drawer

I have more than a passing interest in web hosting, but I am constantly amazed at what some web hosts try (and succeed) to get away with. What I really love are those mega web hosts that provide dozens of gigs of local storage, "unlimited" bandwidth and a whole laundry list of "technologies" provided with each account. Oh, yes, and the accounts are some incredibly low price like $5 a month. And when they describe their network center it's as if they were hosted in the US Pentagon; I especially like the ones that provide pictures which invariably show barbed wire fences and canine patrols. Yep, all for $5 a month. And yet, if you do just a tiny bit of research you see that on the areas that should make the most difference, they are almost amazingly out of date: super old versions of Apache (usually 1.3.25), PHP, OpenSSL, MySQL, etc... Where the rubber meets the road, they are incredibly incompetent. And yet, they are signing up people like it's going out of style. Just goes to show you; even though he never said it, P. T. Barnum was right.

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