I know the blog has been looking like it was nuked. It wasn’t. What happened was that I got screwed by the IT guy that was my partner in the server venture.

Back when Biden first took office and the left was cancelling voices on the right, I was approached by an Internet guy with a business proposition. His proposal was that I rent some space on a server that he had in Europe, and share the cost with other like minded bloggers. He offered to run the entire thing for me, where I would pay him and then share the costs with those other bloggers. I went with his plan, and have been paying him ever since. For now, we will call him IT guy.

There are people who have shared my server with me. Some, like BCE, since the beginning of the new server, while others have done so at various points since then.

All went well until about two months ago, when another blogger wanted to move his blog to my server. He paid me for a year in advance. I contacted the IT guy and asked him to set up the migration. A month went by. No action.

Eventually, IT guy stopped responding to emails, so I tried calling his cell phone. He told me how busy he was, and said he would get to the migration that afternoon. It still didn’t get done.

Then BCE’s blog got nuked, so he asked me to bring his backup site from its slumber and reset the password. You guessed it, no response from my emails to IT guy, and IT guy is no longer answering my calls, nor is he returning voicemail messages or emails.

At first I thought he was ill. Nope. Not to busy to cash checks or post to his blog. I paid him on a quarterly basis, and he cashed the last check on October 3 without a word about why he wasn’t doing what he was charging me for.

So I began looking to migrate my blog over to a new server. I had to learn how to run the server and do all of the Internet geeky stuff myself, all while my grandson was in the hospital and a lot of other stuff that had higher priorities. Something had to give, and that was sleep. I’ve been getting less than four of hours a night of sleep as I rented some server space in Europe, set up a multi-site server, along with a private email service, SSL certificates, and all of the rest. I am determined that no one will shut down my voice until I feel that there is nothing left to say.

There were some technical hiccups. That’s why the blog looked like it had been nuked. I contacted the other bloggers who were sharing the server, and all but two of them have been migrated to the new server. The other two have yet to answer my attempts to get ahold of them. I don’t know how long the old server will continue to be functional. Once it gets shut down, their content will be lost forever.

The new server is actually better than the old one. More memory, more processing power, more storage space and a lot more bandwidth. This situation won’t happen again because this time I am in control of the entire thing.

I’m not posting IT guy’s identity just yet, because I am giving him a bit of the benefit of the doubt. I am not going to accuse someone of taking my money and ripping me off, mostly because I don’t know for sure what is going on. I wish him well with his own blog and his endeavors.

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TechieDude · October 28, 2022 at 8:16 am

Tell me IT dude isn’t in Dallas. I’ve been sucked into a vortex updating a site because our IT guy did the same exact thing. I thought, he’s either in a dumpster, or in las vegas at an elvis chapel.

Anonymous · October 28, 2022 at 1:48 pm

GoDaddy’s web hosting is inexpensive because they figure it out once then sell a million copies which cost nothing to produce. If you aren’t doing whatever you want self-service on IT Guy’s dashboard, then you’re asking for custom development because he can’t sell copies, and he makes as much an hour as you do.

    Divemedic · October 28, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    To be clear, there isn’t any custom work. All that happens is you install WordPress and use a plug in to transfer the person’s blog from blogger or wherever it is to this server. IT guy was billing each blogger to do the transfer.
    All he did for me was administer the server, reset the occasional password, and install WordPress when needed.
    Each blog owner is responsible for designing the look of his own blog.

D · October 28, 2022 at 2:11 pm

I fall into the “IT Guy” category, except I host websites that do hundreds of millions of hits per day.

You’ve got my email from the comment. I’d be happy to give you a few ideas for hosting a blog cheaply and very securely depending on your technical capability.

    Divemedic · October 28, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks. I appreciate the offer. The only thing I need to know at this point is how to change the background color of my posts. It’s the one setting I can’t figure out.

Anonymous · October 28, 2022 at 8:18 pm

This is DiveMedic’s IT guy.

He is right. I messed up. To say that I had to deal with some significant depression issues doesn’t excuse me ghosting him and not getting the work done that was needed.

What I provided to Divemedic was system admin services on a linux box hosted in a location where it could not be touched at a political level.

I used a plugin to transfer content from blogspot to wordpress sites. That had a licensing cost that was passed on. I also charged my standard rate for setting up users, databases, initial configuration and the actual import as well as creating the proper DNS entries. The server he was using was billed to me and I passed that through to Divemedic.

I am sorry to see him go. I’m sorry I messed up and caused him to take this action.

The only thing I take any exception to is “not to busy to cash the check.” Other than that, it is my fault for not being responsive to his needs in a timely fashion.

I’m sorry DiveMedic.

    Divemedic · October 28, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    It’s cool. I left your name out of it because there are no hard feelings. Just understand how I felt when you weren’t answering calls or emails, but were still invoicing me.

    It made me look bad that people were paying me for services I wasn’t delivering.

Elrod · October 29, 2022 at 6:37 am

Can your new server arrangement host an “email only” function?

Matthew W · October 29, 2022 at 9:13 am

I like the idea of self hosting, but don’t like the idea of being responsible for the security stuff.

None · October 29, 2022 at 4:28 pm

When I saw the WordPress page I thought you had been shut for political reasons. I am relieved that is not the case. I read you daily. Here’s hoping all comes out well for your grandson. 6 years old…sometimes life isn’t fair.

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