For that matter, whither me?
HostRocket is offering hosting for $4.95 per month (24 months in advance – still, that’s under $120 ) that includes unlimited bandwidth, 25GB storage, and (up to) 8 web sites.
I have a few domain names, including this one here. As impressed as I am with HostRocket’s service – and it’s been very, very good to me – I find myself asking – why pay anything at all, ever, for hosting? Why not just use … you name it – an AIM page? A WordPress Blog? A Google Page, myspace, etc. Need pictures? Take your pick – Picasa, Flickr, AIM again and who the hell knows what all else there is.
So I don’t really need a host. I’m a dinosaur with this bit. I still login via ssh from time to time and write php code.
After spending all this time learning and using OpenOffice, now I find out that I don’t need that either. What started out as a quest to not have to use Microsoft Office and its exorbitant licensing fees, ended not at OpenOffice (a fine package, and I’m writing this with tongue in cheek – sorta – because I do use it from time to time) but instead at jotSpot. No, wait, they’ve been gobbled up by Google. They’re not all the way integrated, but – hold the phone! – They’re not charging me any more! Not that it was a fortune. The jot is an incredibly useful – if a tad clunky in spots – tool. I’m looking forward to seeing where Google goes with this.
Or am I supposed to be using Zoho? My first impressions are pretty favorable – the writer is really top notch. So are the spreadsheets. But it costs … free!? Yup. Free. How about ThinkFree? It sports a Java “Power Edit” and (what I guess to be an Ajax based) “Quick Edit.” These are not only complete online applications, they are also online storage. And of course there’s a ThinkFree flickr interface and my head is spinning. And there’s Google’s writer, and gOffice and … e-mail – Gmail handles my e-mail much more efficiently and effectively than I can with my own in-house mail server.
I don’t need a host. I don’t need storage. I don’t need (much of) an Operating System. Why am I installing Desktop PCs for my customer service and sales staff? Why am I running my own web server in-house? Why am I running my own e-mail server in-house? There’s no discernable advantage. I don’t think I even have 25GB of storage on my Web Server. Nope. I don’t. I have 18.
Hmm. And with SecondLife, I hardly need myself any more. Although I could probably use a lot more RAM and network bandwidth. Wait a minute, is this the only reason I need this PC? Why can’t it just work on my cable box? Even that has 120GB of disk.