The Ghost of Gigagiggles Past (3 of 7)

September 5th, 2011

eureka!

Not Recommended
originally posted August 23, 2005

If Amazon really wanted to make a buck, they should occasionally tell me that a book would be wrong for me:

Bill, this book is not recommended for you. Here’s why.  If you’re not Bill, please click here.

I wouldn’t be able to not click “Here’s why.”  Then they’d be all, “Well, we just don’t think it’s your type…you know…it’s kind of edgy…and the writing style, well, it’s an acquired taste.”

And I’d be all, “You don’t know me Amazon!  Give me that book!”

They’d pack it up and ship it, chuckling all the while.

I’d probably hate the book.  But at least it would have been my decision.

Stupid Amazon. Telling me what I don’t like. I’ll not like what I choose to not like. End of discussion.

  1. Stephen Lyle
    September 5th, 2011 at 07:52 | #1

    So glad you re-posted this one, Bill. I missed the original, and it’s a good one.

    Who is your hosting service? Cindy is setting up a WordPress site and we’re debating whether to roll our own on an independent site, just let WordPress.com do everything for us, or install it on our Mac Mini at home and make it available on the web. Advice?

  2. Bill
    September 5th, 2011 at 08:07 | #2

    @Stephen Lyle
    Thanks Stephen :)

    I like hostmonster.com (that’s not where gigagiggles is, but I have other things there). I went with rolling my own because I wanted to know I had my own copy of everything that I could get to via ftp. It feels more like I own it that way. I wouldn’t try to run something out of my house – too many things to worry about that I don’t want to worry about for this (security, bandwidth, static IP’s, blah blah blah).

    If you go with a host, some are easier than others – many (like hostmonster) provide push-button wordpress installation. Cost varies very little. The only other decision is whether you want a windows server or a linux server. I go linux unless what I’m doing requires ASP/.NET Some hosts don’t offer windows boxes (hostmonster does not).

    Also, note that wordpress.com and wordpress.org are different. You need wordpress.org – you don’t necessarily need wordpress.com. If you let wordpress.com host your site they will put ads on some pages for some users. That felt icky to me.

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