Overwatch Open Beta

9 May

I remember hearing about Overwatch during one of Blizzards press events and thought “Blizzard is making an FPS? LOL!”.

Well after playing Overwatch non-stop all weekend long, I have determined that I should probably play a game before I laugh it off.

Overwatch is an absolute blast! I had a ton of fun learning all of the characters and maps, and am somewhat disappointed that I won’t be able to play it again until its release.

The characters and their talents bring a very cool dynamic to the game forcing everyone on the team to work together in order to win. It’s been a great weekend, but I can’t wait until this game is released and I can play it non-stop for a few days a week!

The Beginnings of a Streamer

13 Apr

The last couple of weeks I’ve been toying around with some streaming software and Twitch.tv trying to learn how to get a stream set up and share some of the funny moments I experience anytime I play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

I have a ton of fun playing both deathmatch and competitive and wanted to share some of the experiences I have in game. A lot of the time I fly solo, but every once and a while, I can get a couple of friends together and get a competitive game going.

I thought it would be a lot of fun to start a channel up on Twitch and try to become part of the very fascinating community that exists there.

I haven’t decided on a schedule yet due to the fact that I have a couple of babies with varying schedules so as time permits, I will hop on and play a game here and a game there.

Feel free to add me on Steam and Follow Me on Twitch! Maybe we can even get a competitive game going!

Treating Nicotine Addiction

21 Mar

Since I was sixteen years old, I’ve been smoking cigarettes.

It started out the way it does for most people that young that pick up that very first smoke. You take a long puff and nearly choke to death and wonder why people do it. You question everything you know about people that smoke and wonder how they manage to smoke a whole one. That was me… almost 14 years ago.

Now I’m coming up on 31 and still interchanging smoking with using an electronic cigarette and I’m really not doing myself any favours. I’ve been a smoker for a long time and have done several “quitting” stints trying to get off this terrible and smelly habit.

About 2 weeks ago I wrote a post about committing to The Run to Quit which is a 5KM run at the end of June that encourages people to drop the smokes and get healthier on your way to running 5KM, however it looks like the run is only in Toronto for the moment so I will have to find another fun event to run at.

The Gym

I’ve been going to the city gym 3 days a week doing some basic cardio work to get my breathing and movement back to an acceptable level. It’s funny to walk at a 5KM an hour pace and see how much sweat and energy I burn. It’s been really interesting but enjoyable.

I may need to adjust my schedule and see if I can make it there more often or maybe even take my daughter outside for walks more often to keep active and try to burn some of this extra weight.

I’m presently sitting at about 304 lbs at 6 foot exactly, and I’d like that number to come down quite a bit. I’d like to bring that down to about 200. I feel like that’s pretty acceptable for my height.

My Kids

My kids are my biggest motivator for weight loss and personal wellness. I want to get off this stupid nicotine addiction and terrible food, and replace it with fun and activity both with and for my kids.

My girls are going to need daddy to be around for a while, and I don’t want to leave them short. My dad never got to be a grandfather. I don’t want the same thing to happen to me.

The Gameplan

I’m of the belief that planning is just as important if not more important that actually doing things. If you don’t plan it properly, you end up missing steps and forgetting things. I really love the planner Shannon has put together and fully intend to print it out and get a binder going ASAP!

Life needs to be appreciated, and I would say right now I have a lot of work to do. Let’s get this sorted!

How-To: Picking a Hosting Solution

15 Mar

Owning a hosting company allows me to see and learn a lot of things about a lot of different people, their web site, and the requirements for hosting their web site which is why I thought I would take the time to write a post about how to go about picking out a host for your site.

What are you hosting?

The first thing I would look at is what exactly you want to host. Some common things people usually want their hosting company to host for them are:

  • A wordpress blog (Most Common)
  • An E-Commerce Shop (Second Most Common)
  • A membership site (Subscription based content)

As stated above you want to get a really good idea as to what it is you want to host before even thinking about finding a host.

What kind of disk space and bandwidth do you require?

There are a ton of hosts out there that like to promise the moon and never deliver on that promise for instance a lot of hosts offer unlimited disk space and bandwidth for somewhere in the area of $3-7 per month. If you’ve ever been in the hosting business, you would know that there is absolutely no such thing as unlimited.

If ever you’ve been with the big guys and had a sudden influx of traffic, you will soon receive an email or a web site suspension notice telling you that your site is spiking the load on the server and that they had to shut you down and even then, it’s your responsibility to fix things. Your host generally will not interfere with your web site files unless it puts other customers at risk.

Bandwidth is something else that is limited to the technology available to your host and to the servers that they use. Unmetered bandwidth is something that is commonly made available which means your host generally doesn’t mind how much bandwidth you use unless you consume the entire bandwidth allotment to your server.

For most pre-made web site systems such as WordPress or ZenCart or anything similar, a good starting point is about 500MB to 1GB of space. Now if your blog is several years old with tons of posts, images, and video, this space would likely be much higher however 500MB to 1GB is a great starting point.

Bandwidth packages are usually offered by hosts in increments reflective of your hosting packages disk space. In other words if you have 1GB of disk space, bandwidth is generally something along the lines of 5X your disk space. Which would mean 5GB.

What kind of support do you need?

Do you need the kind of support that only really helps when the server has an issue? This is typically the only kind of support you get. If you want more, you pay more. So if you have a problem with a WordPress plugin, some hosts will make a best effort to try and help you out, however at the end of the day they will only try simple trouble shooting.

Other Considerations

A few other things to think about while looking for a host:

  • Do you plan to grow your audience (usually the answer is yes)
  • Do you plan to offer larger files for download?
  • Is your web site audio / video heavy?

Once you know

Once you have an idea of the above information you are now ready to start shopping for a host.

To give you an idea of what some sites go through in terms of disk space and bandwidth, I will offer some examples from my own business.

An average sized WordPress blog uses approximately 5GB of disk space and about 20GB of bandwidth which is about 4X the disk space. We offer unmetered bandwidth because in all honesty it takes a lot of traffic to use up the entire pipe that our servers use.

Summary

Researching hosts before actually committing is definitely a good idea and the more you know about your project, the more you can budget and deal hunt and if you’re looking for a deal, please feel free to reach out to me or visit HostingEh and see if we can offer something that suits your needs!

Dear America: Fix this Shit!

22 Feb

Dear America:

Your country has been under a microscope for a long time. People look to you to be a global leader in social and economic issues and yet not a day goes by that the whole world doesn’t wonder why the hell you haven’t done anything to get your gun laws in line!

I’m getting really tired of reading about people who can simply walk into a store (or a BANK!) get a gun and proceed to shoot people without so much as a god damn drivers license.

I hate that because of your gun control laws six people are now dead for absolutely no fucking reason!

Do you as a country not see what a massive problem this is? This event just goes to show that someone on a whim in your country can pick up a gun and travel to several different locations, and shoot / kill several innocent people!

Is this not enough for you to say to yourselves: “Ok maybe we should make gun ownership a bit more difficult and restricted so that some psycho can’t just walk in, buy a gun, and fucking kill people!”

Events such as these bring nothing but hurt and sadness to your own people and yet you still have the audacity to quote your constitutional right to bear arms?!?! Maybe it’s time that right is modified to allow you to bear arms in the face of a tyrannical government or something more specific because you as a country are like  Ralphie in “A Christmas Story” people keep telling you that you’re going to shoot your eye out and you keep telling people “Fuck that, I still want my guns”.

Gun control needs to exist for the same reason speed limits exist. Because without them, nobody can hold you accountable for being a twat with your Car(s) / Gun(s).

Fix it America. Fix it as soon as humanly possible before more lives are wasted by senseless gun crazy ass holes.

This rant was inspired by the following Huffington Post article.

 

EndOffice Dedicated Servers and Colocation

9 Feb
Keyboard

I’ve been known to browse around WebHosting talk looking for dedicated server deals when I came across a physical location that I rarely see on offer from any form of provider.

I worked as quickly as I could to snag one of these servers but a few things struck me as odd that I am hoping is resolved in the near future.

  • No ordering system. You have to email them to get set up.
  • No billing system. I was simply sent a paypal money request.
  • Single Homed Cogent Connectivity (New carrier incoming next month).

Aside from the above mentioned issues, I have had nothing but a joy ordering from EndOffice. Their staff are super responsive at all hours of the day, and really do whatever they can to get a customer online and happy.

My only real concern is this company up and disappearing in a short period of time, however you take that risk with quite a few providers so it’s really something you just have to be prepared for.

Here’s the benchmark from the server I purchased:

 

Still not a bad deal assuming the service sticks around! This box is $29 per month with a 20 megabit unmetered connection or for an extra $10 you can go to 10TB over gigabit.

Again still a pretty good deal if you’re OK with Cogent.

Pebble Time Round and Best Buy

9 Feb

A colleague and I were looking at all the various wearables that were on sale at Best Buy this week when something caught my eye. The Pebble Time round was on sale!

If you saw my wish list for Christmas this year, you’ll know that I’ve been waiting for one of these since their announcement, and now I could have one on sale?!?! Sign me up! My colleague was interested in picking up a Microsoft Band 2 as well since they were also on sale.

We headed out over lunch to pick up our new wearables and fortunately for me the store close to where we work had stock of the Pebble Time Round. My colleague on the other hand was not so lucky 🙁 They had zero stock of the Microsoft Band 2 in a medium size and large was far too big for him.

Now here’s my biggest problem with Best Buy during the week. They’re not busy so they don’t keep a lot of staff on during the day. My colleague and I showed up with the intention to buy and actually ran into more resistance trying to buy something than browsing the store.

We had to ask for someone to come and open the display case to retrieve the products we wanted to buy three different times with five to ten minutes in between each request. They kept telling us someone would be right over and nobody came.

Finally a member of the Geek Squad happened to walk by us and ask if we needed something. We told him we did, and eventually he got someone over to us that had the keys to open the case.

Once I had my Pebble Time Round in hand, I paid and left. Easy peasy!

Really happy with it so far but I am curious to see how the battery ends up working out for me. At present it’s sitting at 80% which is where it was when I took it off the charger this morning, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m really loving the R2D2 watch face I have though so totally worth it!