Is web hosting still a thing?

I evidently have my own domain. I bought it an Internet lifetime ago and I had a couple of bad experiences with poor web hosting providers. That was until I came upon DreamHost and today I’d like to sell you some pamphlets about this. No but seriously, I started using DreamHost eleven years ago and I have sort of lost touch with the whole hosting business since I became a parent. Is it still a thing, hosting your own website and email and whatnot? Because if it is, you should all be using DreamHost. Honestly.

Their prices are pretty much the same as everyone else’s, or better. These days it seems any and every online service is priced at just below ten dollars per month. So I’m not pushing DreamHost because of incredibly low prices. It’s not about the money. It’s about what you get for your money, and here’s a world of difference.

What DreamHost gets right is something that’s incredibly hard to do: great customer satisfaction! In eleven years, there has never been a thing they didn’t do incredibly well, or a service they didn’t offer, or a support request they couldn’t answer surprisingly quickly. They won’t accept anything less than completely happy customers, and that’s worth way more than ten dollars per month. In fact they have a money back guarantee with no strings attached.

They offer more services than any other hosting provider I’ve ever heard about – besides basic hosting, they also offer domain registrations (even safeguarding your name from third parties), unlimited email, unlimited storage, unlimited traffic, software installations like WordPress (installed with one-click simplicity, and automatically kept up to date), Subversion, unlimited databases, automatic backups of all you sites and databases,… the list goes on.

I don’t think I ever mentioned this before so I thought it’d be worth a post. If you’re in the market for a hosting provider (website or anything else) then check out DreamHost. You can’t go wrong with them. Or, you know, let me help you.


My only gripe is not their fault: it’s my geography location. Their data centers are in America and my pings take seventeen hops to get there, so my upload speed could be better. Still, I remain their happy customer because all the serious providers in Europe cost a fortune for a comparable plan, and the more affordable European hosting providers aren’t serious, having ridiculously low limits on domains, traffic, addresses, and storage. And they don’t offer all those services. And their customer service plain sucks. If they even have any.

Disclosure: My links to DreamHost are referral links. If you sign up, I get a few percent of what you pay them. Nevertheless, I fully stand by my words; I believe DreamHost provides the best bang for your bucks and I’d write exactly the same even without referral.

Homemade framed posters

The background for this idea was that we wanted to give a money gift at a wedding but we wanted it to be more than a card and an envelope. In essence, this is it: A framed poster featuring an aquarium and some fish. On closer inspection, the fish turn out to be origami made from bills of money. This works well because most currencies (except USD) have colorful bills.


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10 years in Austria!

We interrupt our regular schedule with this special announcement:


On this day ten years ago, I drove our moving truck into Vienna, and we’ve lived and worked in or near Vienna ever since.

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Keep track of your favorite blogs

Following a blog is a great way to stay up to date on what the author is doing. The problem is that you have to visit them each individually, and often you’d discover that nothing new had been posted since your last visit. If only there was a way to be notified – without having to register and subscribe to each blog.

Good news: there is a way to do this!
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Maybe Colemak is smarter than Dvorak?

Friendly warning – this is about keyboard layouts that differ from the standard “QWERTY” layout. If this confuses you, stop reading now :-)

The Dvorak keyboard layout is not a new thing. It was patented in 1936. When I heard of it some 15 years ago, its biggest obstacle was lack of software support. That has changed now, and I’ve used Dvorak on my smartphone for the past 2 years and I can say with confidence that my thumbs have learned it very well – Dvorak is my fastest and preferred layout on mobile. Continue reading ‘Maybe Colemak is smarter than Dvorak?’