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I have been in the IT industry since 1995. I've had my hand in a variety of technologies as a developer, infrastructure specialist, and systems architect. Some of these include (but are not limited to):

  • IIS, Apache
  • SharePoint (2003, 2007, and 2010)
  • SQL Server
  • ColdFusion, Classic ASP, PHP
  • F5 Load Balancers
  • PowerShell
  • Visual Basic
  • ASP.Net (C#)
  • Mainframe technologies (COBOL, DB2, CICS) ...trying to forget these

I could go on...

I do not declare myself to be an authoritative expert on any of these and I don't carry any fancy certifications. I like finding ways to use technology to solve problems. Over the years I have used much from the open community. I am participating on the StackExchange sites as a way to give back to the community and to share many aspects of things I have learned over the years.


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answered Planning for catastrophe
Jun
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answered Foreign logos on my site - disclaimer
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awarded  Enthusiast
Jun
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answered How do i Seperate WebHosting Space and Email Hosting Space
Jun
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comment How to build a site that I can make regular updates with a user-friendly GUI
I agree with John. WordPress is a great way to get a site started. If you didn't want to to completely build a new theme, there are a handful of themes that allow customization from within WordPress. Atahualpa is an example that comes to mind.
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May
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comment Tips on hosting a non-web framework based application on a Windows host (i.e. - not IIS, Apache, etc.)?
The hourly costs are basically the cost per hour of having the server. So for a server that costs $.08/hour, if you had the server for 30 days and then deleted it, the cost would be $.08 x 24 hours x 30 days = $57.60/month. Bandwidth is often calculated separately, so if your bandwidth charge is $.08/GB and you use 50GB, that cost will be $4. Total for the month at that point would be $61.60/month. Essentially, you just pay for what you use which is nice in cases where you may need a demo server for a day or two.
May
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comment Tips on hosting a non-web framework based application on a Windows host (i.e. - not IIS, Apache, etc.)?
I have never used or heard anything specific (good or bad) about Softlayer, but on the surface they appear to offer a similar type service to what I was referencing. Best way to find out if you like them is to try them out. Would be interesting if they have the capability to scale up without having to provision a new virtual server and migrate over. I have not heard about any specific "internal" type attacks (hosting companies tend not to publicize that), but it is always something you should be mindful of. Bad guys can be anywhere.
May
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answered Firefox reports HTTPS page to contain non-secure elements
May
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answered Tips on hosting a non-web framework based application on a Windows host (i.e. - not IIS, Apache, etc.)?
May
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answered IIS website resolve to IP
May
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answered Tool to check non-SSL calls?
May
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answered How to setup apache2 redirect but keep domain name?
May
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answered Recover Domain from Failed Company
May
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answered Does installing PHP using the Microsoft IIS Web Platform Installer require a restart?
May
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answered Subdomains vs folders, for multi account/users application
May
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comment Server-infrastructure recommendations
Some cloud solutions do indeed have a few growing pains. Their usefulness largely depends on requirements. Virtualization can most certainly be used for prod environments. Web servers, application servers, and file servers are often good candidates for virtualization. Database servers have to be closely evaluated due to disk I/O, but with the correct configuration in the right environment can be used for production as well. Managed dedicated solutions can be expensive and are also more expensive to scale than a cloud solution, but certainly have their place depending on requirements.
May
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answered Server-infrastructure recommendations
May
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comment Why don't large popular sites such as SO use keyword and description meta headers?
Agree with this answer, meta keywords and description had been getting abused a lot so the search engines started putting much less weight on them. Using meta keywords tags can also give competitors an idea of the kinds of keywords you are targeting for SEO ranking and may influence their SEO strategies.
May
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comment Log File Analyser for PC
There is a difference between 'data' (raw materials) and 'information' (finished goods). Log files provide you with data. Log file analytics software can help filter and process that data into useful information that can be used for decision making.