Earlier this year I decided to fulfill a long held ambition to find out what running a Low End Box entailed and found somebody to teach me. After a few days instruction I had one running for $10 annually and then paid for three more so I now have four Virtual Private Servers running in New York, one of which hosts this blog.

What I hadn’t bargained for was the downtime. Because it is so cheap (£7pa) I think they have over promised and under delivered in other words I think they have more customers than they have server space for so rotate the rented server space i.e. 95% uptime instead of the 99.999% uptime you get with more expensive hosting.

There is no way of predicting when the VPS will be down and out of the four I rent, one may be down at any time, normally for at least 24 hours and more often for a number of days.

So if you can’t connect to this blog one day, sorry. It’s not that I’ve closed the blog it’s just that for $10 a year I don’t get a 24/7 service. There’s always https://singleaspect.wordpress.com/ as an alternative which is the same thing in a different format.

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