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v4.8 August 2002
0.  Introduction.
1.  DreamHost's 5 Year Anniversary!
2.  Iprotect.
3.  Data Center Move.
4.  Secure Webmail!
5.  DHSOTM


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0.  Introduction.

Welcome back... I hope everybody had as exciting and interesting a Labor
Day weekend as I did! See, I sprained my ankle pretty badly last week
and so I spent the whole weekend lying on the couch and doing my best to
keep the price of postage stamps down.

I know, I know, you're probably saying something like "sounds like fun,
what can I do to help?" Well it's easy! You know how most junk mail you
get comes with a postage paid reply envelope? Well, the next time you're
dumping all those credit card offers in the trash, just take the reply
envelopes out first! Then, drop them all in a mailbox on your way to
work and in one fell swoop you've not only helped the postal service
gain revenue but you've also hit those direct mail "spammers" with an
extra 30-some cent cost! Just imagine if everybody did this.. their
direct mail costs would double! What if you could anonymously reply to
every spam you received and know you were costing the spammer 30 cents,
don't tell me you wouldn't do that EVERY SINGLE TIME! This is the same
thing, but maybe even more fun! Mwah Hwah Hwah!

Um yeah, so that's the kind of stuff you do over three day weekends when
you can't walk. Oh, and how did I sprain my ankle, you may be wondering?
Let's just say that 699rentacar.com has a lot of explaining to do.


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1.  DreamHost's 5 Year Anniversary!

If you've been with us since 1996 or earlier, you'll probably remember
September 23rd, 1997 as the day DreamHost.com officially started! I just
wanted to say, "Hey that's a pretty good trick, signing up before we
even started!" But you don't have to be an old-timer to realize that
DreamHost's FIVE YEAR anniversary is less than three weeks away!

To celebrate/commemorate/commiserate the occassion we're going to be
giving away a $50 web certificate a day from September 23rd until the
end of the month. But there's more to it than that. Oh yes. Much more.
You see, we'll be releasing a new version of the DreamHost site on the
anniversary and we would like eight (8) "DreamHost Stories" for it!

Basically, send an email to stories@dreamhost.com with your story (about
your site, how/why you found/picked DreamHost, anything that makes your
story intersting) and we'll pick eight and put them on our site!
Everybody wins, since we get to hear and use your story and you get site
publicity plus $50! Other than returning your junk mail, what could be
better?


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2.  Iprotect.

Those of you who've been with us as long as say threnody.net (our oldest
active customer! Since September 1997! Woweee!) know we try and add a few
new features each month. Those of you who've been with us as long as say
customintegratedsensors.com (Since September 2002! Wewooo!) probably
don't. Well, now you do! This month we added a new feature known as
"Iprotect" which is an Apache module that automatically detects and
blocks abuse to membership areas of websites protected by .htaccess
files!

It's turned on by default on all our servers now, and it works in two
ways. One, it notices when a lot of different ip addresses log into the
same account in a short time period, and automatically disables that
account (password sharing). Two, it notices when a single ip address 
tries lots and lots of times to log into your site and blocks that ip
(password hacking).

Whenever Iprotect notices and blocks one of these events, it also sends
an email to the webmaster address for your site notifying you of the
illicit behavior and the steps it has taken. You can customize your
Iprotect settings (enabling or disabling the service, choosing when it
emails you and to what email address) through our web panel at:

https://panel.dreamhost.com/?tree=goodies.iprotect

Another thing you ROOKS may not know about is our awesome DreamHost
discussion area, a wonderful resource for customers (and employees) to
help other customers (and employees?) out in a public forum. It's at

http://discussion.dreamhost.com/ 

of course!


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3.  Data Center Move.

Another thing somebody who hasn't been with us as long as threnody.net
might not know is how frequently we move our servers around in order to
improve speed and stability! We move them around like all the time!
Hence the supreme stability and speed of our service! We move our
servers around so much we've even installed them with gentle-ride
suspensions (see http://www.uhaul.com/advantages/gentleride.jpg).

So it should come as no surprise that we'll be doing YAIDM (Yet Another
Internet Datacenter Move) on the night of Saturday, September 14th from
10PM until 3AM PDT (approximately). The reason for this move is
primarily due to financial stability concerns of one of our upstream
providers. This YAIDM won't affect most of our customers at all, and if
you're on one of the machines that is being moved, you'll get
announcements on the web panel with more information about the move as
it approaches. And actually if you're being moved, you should already
have seen the announcement we made last Thursday about the move, so I
don't know why I'm even putting this here at all! I guess to kill time
while my ankle heals..


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4.  Secure Webmail!

Here's YANDF (Yet Another New DreamHost Feature) for you! Everybody
already knows about our free webmail service on all accounts, available
at http://webmail.yourdomain.com/, right? Well did everybody know you
can ALSO access your webmail securely just by going to (notice the "S")
https://webmail.yourdomain.com/ ? You just have to accept any warnings
that pop up on your web browser because the secure certificate is signed
by us and not a "trusted" certificate authority. But that warning
doesn't change the fact that all your sensitive email data is still
encrypted as it's transferred from your computer to our servers and
back!

It's always a good idea to be as secure as possible when accessing your
email, so we'd recommend using the "s" whenever your browsing
environment supports it! And don't worry about those warnings! Really!


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5.  DHSOTM

YADHSOTMWTM (Yet Another DreamHost Site Of The Month Winner This Month)!

For August 2002, the winner is clearly http://www.piattodoppio.com/ ,
the site of a new New York City event-planning and catering business.
The niftiest thing about their site is the little animated people
walking around in each of the categories of their flash animation. The
second niftiest thing is just the name of the company itself, Piatto
Doppio! Like, "It's a me, Piatto Doppio"! The third niftiest thing is
the way they chose DreamHost to host their site! Honestly though, we're
_all_ pretty nifty in that regard.

https://panel.dreamhost.com/?tree=home.dhsotm is the place to go to vote
on other DHSOTM contestants, or to enter your own site!

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Until our email problems are 100% fixed,
Josh!

Last updated: Sep 03, 2002.