Monday, November 22, 2010

Should IT professionals host their own connections?

Should IT professionals (or, for that matter, information entrepreneurs of any ilk) host their own Internet connections?

Generally, larger ISP’s offer both shared web hosting and dedicated web hosting. Typically with shared hosting, a variety of software products is offered on Windows Server or Unix/Linux or Apple servers, particularly related to whether Microsoft or Apple is proving the product (.NET environments require Windows environments, etc, and generally Unix environments are simpler than Windows ones).

One reason that person might want to host is own connection is to be able to register as a “Copyright agent” so that he can be sure of getting all DMCA safe harbor notifications before facing any litigation. I’ve discussed this on my “BillBoushka” blog, particularly on Nov. 4, 2010. Some authorities say that a blogger or webmaster who accepts contributions from other writers (other than plain comments) can register as a copyright agent. This is still unclear and I will report on that blog when I get a definite answer. (This is related to the Righthaven mass litigation discussed on that blog.)

In the book “Radically Transparent” by Beal and Strauss (mentioned previous blog posting) on p 208, the authors mention the difference between Wordpress.org and Wordpress.com in terms of the need (with the .org) to install on your own web server, but that can be a regular ISP with shared hosting and Wordpress support, as discussed on March 11 here.

Back in the early to mid 1990s, a coworker actually ran his own connection to the Internet from a 386 machine for a while!  Later in the 1990s he developed a boot Linux distribution disc which he explains on his resume here.  (I once tried it on an old 386 Everex laptop and it did work.)   The person is Tom Oehser, and I link to his resume also to show a great example of a well-written functional resume, showing a lot of focused depth in a number of currently important disciplines.

Another friend at work in Minneapolis ran the ISP (Unix) that I used from home, called "virtualnetspace", at rack space at another entrepreneur's shed in Maryland called "Announce".

If you do your own hosting, as an individual consultant, you probably want to live or work in a home or building that has sound infrstructure and few power disruptions. That's getting harder these days.  Let's home for no big "coronal mass ejections" in 2012.  But we'll all be in the same boat, anyway.

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