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v4.12 December 2002
0.  Introduction.
1.  DreamHost's New Years Resolutions..
2.  Mailboxes.yourdomain.com!
3.  Data Center MOVE!
4.  DHSOTM


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0.  Introduction.

Good news! The December 2002 DreamHost Newsletter is not pregnant! 
Just very, very late.

Heh heee hoo!

In fact, I'm pretty sure in its four years of literarious existance, the
newsletter has never been THIS late before! We were all a bit worried,
really. But honestly, it's my fault the newsletter is so late in its 
monthly cycle. You see, I had a pretty weird winter holiday trip. In 
fact, I'd say it was arguably the weirdest holiday trip, itinerary-wise, 
ever born of woman.

In a period of two weeks I went: U.S. -> Amsterdam -> Kuwait City -> 
New Delhi -> Almaty -> New Delhi -> Kuwait City -> Amsterdam -> U.S. 

For vacation. 

If that doesn't knock back a newsletter-writing schedule, then your 
newsletter-writing is obviously more than a one man operation! (YOU try
writing a newsletter on Air Kazakhstan!) I was actually planning on 
doing some kind of little contest where you guess what four countries I 
visited from December 23rd through December 31st, in a "Mastermind" 
kind of a format on the web panel, but then I thought that was too much 
work and a little self-indulgent. Better to just write the newsletter 
like I always do, and keep the ego-stroking within its well-established 
confines.

Well, I better get started with the actual meat of this thing, or it
might not see the light of day before groundhog's day. And THEN it might
see its shadow, jump back in its hole, and then that's another three 
weeks of winter for all of us. And it'd be all my fault. Mine and Air 
Kazakhstan's.


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1.  DreamHost's New Years Resolutions..


* Even less downtime.

* Even more uptime.

* An even higher ratio of uptime to downtime.

* An even smaller number when you subtract uptime from downtime.

* Write all newsletters in the same calendar month that they're for.

* If not in the same month, at least in a month that rhymes with it.

* No more jokes, web hosting is serious business.

* Don't miss any All-New Smallville's on the WB, starting tonight at 9pm.
"Whitney returns from the Marines hoping to rekindle a romance with Lana, 
but Clark is suspicious of his motives. "

* No fluffy newsletter filler to try and hide when there aren't any good 
announcements.


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2.  Mailboxes.yourdomain.com!


Of course there's no need for fluff in this month's newsletter.. not 
when we've got A super-duper new feature like this to announce! NO WAY!

Starting right now, we've set up at every domain a place where your 
end-users can manage all aspects of their own e-mailboxes at your 
domain.. without an NDN ID, access to https://panel.dreamhost.com/ or 
even knowing their domain is hosted at DreamHost!

Just point them to http://mailboxes.yourdomain.com/ and have them log in
with their email address and password! If you'd like, there's a secure
version at https://mailboxes.yourdomain.com/ too, although a warning 
will appear because we didn't get valid certificates for everybody (the 
data IS still encrypted though.. just accept the warning!).

From there, your end users are provided the ability to:

    * Change their password!

    * Check their disk usage!

    * Log in to webmail or webmail2!

    * Get a handy configuration guide for setting up email clients!

    * Change their Inbox rotation preferences!

    * Set up and manage server-based email filters!

    * Set up and manage an auto-responder!

    * Nothing more!
 
All in a super-easy to use, easy to find, and pretty-looking format! And 
all without having to bug you (or us!) about it! Talk about a rocking 
feature. And is there another webhost in the known universe with 
anything like it? NOT IN MY KNOWN UNIVERSE. If this isn't reason enough 
for you to get all your friends to switch over to DreamHost, maybe the
fact that we'll PAY you to refer them will! (don't forget DH Rewards: 
https://panel.dreamhost.com/id/?tab=rewards)

But seriously, DOES any other host offer this? Free on every account?
Automatically set up at http://mailboxes.yourdomain.com/? 

Oh, so doubtful.



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3.  Data Center MOVE!


I know you're probably all still stunned (in a positive way) about that
last section, so I'll just make this quick. January 25th (Saturday) 
we're moving about half of our customers to a new data center and so 
there is a maintenance window from 8pm (PST) to midnight that day during 
which everything will be down for them. If you're one of the affected 
customers, you'll see more announcements at our web panel leading up to 
the move, assuming you go to the web panel during that time.

Um, yeah, nothing to see here, move along to the DHSOTM contest..


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4.  DHSOTM

"This" month's big fat DreamHost Site of the Month winner is none other
than JOSH! YAY ME! No, just kidding, not Josh Me Josh, Josh Book Josh..
of http://www.joshbook.com/ domain-fame!

Josh is an Animator! Which is to say, he animates! Which does not mean
he gets romantic with squirrels, you dirty-minded customer! No, instead
it means he's got a really nice website with, wouldn't you know it,
animated gifs! He lives in Burbank, CA, the same place Disney Animation
is, which is probably not a coincidence. And he hosts his site at
DreamHost, the same place that he won this month's award from, which is
also probably not a coincidence.

Go visit his site and then go submit your own site or vote on some other
people's for "next" month's DHSOTM contest at:

https://panel.dreamhost.com/?tree=home.dhsotm

Sweeeet!


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I'm done,
Josh!

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