WIP: Discography links fixed!

I went about fixing the links to the downloadable/playable tracks under the published album pages, this includes Debut, Recovery, Go! Go! Go! and the unfinished/unpublished Blender album. I’ll continue to fix these so people can enjoy them, and perhaps later make better use of WordPress to put them into proper playlists or digital download packs or what-not!

Anyway, enjoy this blast from the past, hope you find some tunes that you like, and if you are an artist, dancer, DJ, use it in meditation groups or just plain like some of this stuff, please do let me know!

Thanks!

Chrcal / StarLord
December 2013

 

Music getting posted to SoundCloud

Hi folks,

Well, figured the tunes on this web server (with many broken links, even though the files are there, they have moved about)…

It was time I posted stuff somewhere where people can enjoy them in the spirit of creative commons, so they are now on SoundCloud — and yes, I am using the newer name that people are getting to know me by the past few years, “chrcal” (take the first 3 letters from my name and surname, there you have it).

Hope you enjoy!

Oh, before I forget, the link:

https://soundcloud.com/chrcal

 

 

More outages at bluehost.com, a new webhost is chosen.

Hi folks, last webhosting rant for awhile I hope…

In August 2013 we saw 19 outages, 11 hours 53 minutes of downtime, or an uptime of 98.4%

Our original contractual SLA with bluehost guaranteed 99.5% uptime or better, but they have since removed this language from their TOS and network status pages. I guess the writing was on the wall, eh? To be fair, bluehost lets you leave at anytime you are dis-satisfied, with no penalty payments or what not, they even pro-rate your unused service and refund the difference. Kudos for that.

Matt had an awesome service back in the day.  Pity the service went the way it did.

Of course, none of the blog sites are a main source of income for me, I don’t do this full-time. But, we can’t afford to be down when people want to read an article, look up an address, view or listen to a broadcast, buy something, post an article, whatever, the sites I manage for other people depend on the webhost to be reliable, and that’s why we are moving them all elsewhere.

I’d like to just get back to posting my little blog articles, music, podcasts, vodcasts, and what not.

As an aside, for those who haven’t been following me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, or other places I post, well, I hope to catch-up on all things StarLord, soon :)

We’ve selected a new webhost and will be moving everything over in the next few days. Our hosting package with Bluehost.com expires next month, and we won’t be renewing it. This new host comes highly recommended from several of my friends…

To bluehost’s credit, we’ve only had 2 outages this month (September) lasting 25 minutes total or 99.92% uptime, but it’s a case of not enough and too late.

You are welcome to check our history of pingdom stats from the past few years if you like, they are public info… though pingdom focuses on ping time (or response in ms) I mostly use this free awesome service to keep track of up/down time…

Is your host better? worse? Feel free to comment here at the website, or via facebook, twitter, et al :)

 

Outages at BlueHost.com worsen, sites get hacked.

I haven’t written a blog article for far too long.

Well, this is more so a customer service rant.

Something worthy of bringing to the attention of our readers, since Matt (the CEO of BlueHost.com, my host for years) left the company, the service gradually went to shit.

For starlord.net, in July 2013, there were 21 outages, response time down to a average of 5467 ms, that doesn’t seem bad when considering it equates to 99.56% uptime, 190 minutes (just over 3 hours) of being completely inaccessible.

But, for me, that is bad.

When you have paying customers who can’t access their website, and podcast subscribers who can’t view posts or listen or watch episodes, that is all bad for business.

Since BlueHost refused to give me status update emails or post things transparently when the stuff goes down (as they promised to do), or even planned outages and maintenance and what not — which I got no word of — we took proactive measures to get outage reports from pingdom, in fact, have been monitoring this on our own for awhile.

Giving a shot at optimism, I thought I would call for some Support and see if they could patch things up. After a few failed voicemail/calls and tickets to bluehost, along with their odd excuse for a live chat help (run by slow responding people who can barely understand tier 1 support, let alone something technical), I threw up my hands and just gave up. They were just not talking to customers anymore.

Then, My wife’s website got hacked in June from an IP address inside bluehost, this means someone logged in and compromised their systems, and then recursively went through and uploaded files to people’s hosted websites. I asked for access logs but never got them. Silence is golden, perhaps they were embarrassed, or just didn’t care?

When questioned, bluehost said that being hacked was not their problem, we are on our own, whatever happens to your website is your own fault for not protecting it. Really? This is the level of security I paid for? It starts sounding like an inside job to generate more sales of their security add-ons to me.

Thus, we started looking for a new host.

 

MOASF presents The 22nd Annual HAYWARD FIELD MEET – June 2, 2012

The 22nd Annual HAYWARD FIELD MEET
All British Car Show & Swap Meet

The last remaining All British Car Show in the Bay Area

Saturday, June 2, 2012
Cal State East Bay – Hayward, CA

• Event starts at 9:00 AM

• Awards at 2:00 PM

• Open to: ALL British Cars & Other Cars of Particular Interest

The HAYWARD FIELD MEET – All British Car Show & Swap Meet – will be
held on Saturday June 2 ,2012 at CalState East Bay in Hayward from 9AM
to 3PM.

As usual it will be on the field with the panoramic view of
the entire Bay Area.

Cars with all levels of preparation are welcome
and awards are by popular vote.

This is now the last remaining All British Car Show in the Bay Area. For more info and applications go to:

http://www.moasf.com./hayward/