Archive for March, 2006

The Web Hosting Arms Race

Friday, March 31st, 2006

The web hosting business is known to be very competitive…
A few days after DreamHost posted their Like hammer for sidekick video, Site5 tried to outperform DreamHost by throwing a server off a tall building. I’m scared of the next move! Will TextDrive enter the battle zone or will DreamHost immediately try to outdo Site5 and [...]

Rails upgraded to 1.1

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

Rails 1.1 is officially out and DreamHost has already upgraded their installation.
More than 500 fixes, tweaks and features from over 100 contributors. Check out all the new features, from the blockbusters to the lesser known upgrades.
Some people reports problems, since 1.1 is not 100% backward compatible, but you should be able to either tie your Rails application to a [...]

More Subversion Links

Monday, March 27th, 2006

As a follow up to last weeks Subversion post, here is a number of Subversion links for you to enjoy:

Version Control with Subversion
Free book about Subversion published by O’Reilly Media
Keep Track of Your Documents - PC Magazine
Introduction to Subversion and TortoiseSVN
Subversion and TortoiseSVN - PC Magazine
An Illustrated Walkthrough
SVN as a Web Site Maintenance Tool - Alex King
Tips for [...]

Subversion on DreamHost

Monday, March 20th, 2006

One of the news in last month’s newsletter was the addition of Subversion support at DreamHost. Subversion is an open source system for revision/version control designed specifically to be a modern replacement for CVS.
Lot of people will find that version control is not the easiest subject to get started with, and most tutorials will contain [...]

DreamHost Phone Number

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

DreamHost customer Sean Gleeson needs help getting rid of the top search result in Google for DreamHost Phone Number. Unfortunately a whois entry for his domain is currently holding the top position and he’s therefore getting more and more calls from people, at all hours, beliving he is DreamHost, and are able to help them with their [...]

PHP5 upgraded to 5.1.2

Friday, March 17th, 2006

PHP5 has been updated from 5.0.4 to 5.1.2 according to
The upgrade to 5.1.0 is a major update and includes:

A complete rewrite of date handling code, with improved timezone support
Significant performance improvements compared to PHP 5.0.X
PDO extension is now enabled by default
Over 30 new functions in various extensions and built-in functionality
Bundled libraries, PCRE and SQLite upgraded to [...]

Avoid Warning When Checking Secure Email

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

I finally found time to write this entry about how to get rid of the security warning when using SSL/TLS for your email. Sorry about the delay.
SSL has two purposes: security and authentication. Even if the authentication fails, the security still works and all the traffic will be encrypted. If you’re as annoyed as me [...]

DreamHost Newsletter – March 2006

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

From this month’s newsletter :

Restore Your Own DB!
Great new feature: Restore your own MySQL databases from backups, directly from the Control Panel. You can now revert your database to how it looked 1 – 7 days ago (24 hours increments), 1 – 6 weeks ago (½ week increments) or 1 – 6 months ago (1 [...]

Price drop on unique IP-addresses

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

DreamHost just updated the Plan Comparison page with new prices on unique IP-addresses. The price of an unique IP-address has dropped from $4.95/month to $3.95/month.
An unique IP-address is only necessary if you want to have a SSL certificate or anonymous FTP, so I guess this will only be relevant for a few customers.
According to the newsletter [...]