Wasted some time haggling over a car last night - got the server up and created a VM for the web hosting. God damn my nostalgia machine underpowered. For anyone curious it's specs:
All this in an Antec chemning style case - remember those? Fuck yeah I got that window
Athlon 2400XP - because I lost my 1800XP
Abit NF7-S - last and best nforce2 mobo with the nforce audio
ATI 9500 - awww yeah you know it's soft mod-able to a 9700.
1 GB RAM - I probably have another GB I can throw in there
80 GB WD drive - I forget what made this so special but IIRC when it came out it was the shit in price/performance, oh yeah 8mb caaaaaache
NEC 2xxx something optical drive. Back when I gave a shit about burners this was the $30 burner you wanted whether you knew it or not
I added a gigabit and a USB card so I'd have modern connectivity options
Tonight I'm going to try and get the AMP in LAMP working. I've done it in linux before but I have much more exp with windows. Does anyone have experience with cheap LAMP hosting companies? Google led me to a few suspiciously cheap options: http://www.webhostingsearch.com/linux-web-hosting.php
The two offputting things about most of those options is
1 They mostly want $100 up front ($5 x 24 months) and
2 They list latency as average of 500-600 - sure I'm not hosting an FPS server but that points to seriously saturated bandwidth. I do not want to offer a forum with > 200 ms ping. I don't have tolerance for that shit and I wouldnt expect anyone else to put up with it either.
No I don't expect them to make good on their "unlimited space and bandwidth" claims but a forum in its infancy wouldn't require much and I'm guessing I'd get at least a year before the forum would start requiring the bandwidth to flag it as a leach.
Fuck it, I have bandwidth I'll use that for now.