December 20th, 2002

planet oh shit

Okay, I'm trying to be real calm right now.

You know how my host said she was done hosting, because her parent company was charging her like $1700 for bandwidth she didn't use? Well she didn't use it. I did. And she's got the logs to prove it and suggested that we "work out a payment plan"


Okay, I knew what I was doing was using a lot of bandwidth and I knew that $10 a month was probably not my share of the costs. But I didn't do anything because I figured if it got bad, she'd tell me, right? She's the one paying, she should notify me. But she didn't. She didn't check the logs until now, so for the last whatever months she's had hundreds of dollars in costs and I had no clue.

So... considerations as an itemized list...

1) She failed to notify me that I was using enough bandwidth to feed MIT for a week every day. From the logs, she started getting suscpicious in July, things really got bad in September. I got the message this morning.

2) I, knowing bandwidth might be big, failed to e-mail her asking if that was alright (is that really my responsibility as a customer though?)

3) She's a cool person I don't want to screw over

4) There's no way I could pay $1700 if I wanted to. I mean damn, I put $1000 down on that car last month, as of now I literally have about $30 in my checking account because I forgot about rent and all that weird stuff.

5) I did take steps to reduce my bandwidth. Many of you will remember that I have help hosting the blobs, I only host like 1/3 of them, I did that out of consideration for her server without even knowing what I was using up.

It looks like over the last 30 days, I pulled 45GB of bandwidth.

What should I do?

Let's talk positive

First off, thank you everyone for your supportive comments in this morning's entry :) I think things will work themselves out eventually, I'll keep you posted. Today I pointed my nameservers toward the new website, I've already lead my forum members to the new phpbb forum (it's soooo fast!) and they're handling it just fine. I'm optimistic.

A few nights ago I went to see Lord of the Rings, on opening night, but I never said anything about it because I had to talk about my life in my journal. From one perspective, I feel like it's not important to post a full review of it here like I did for Star Trek. I guess the vibe I get is that everyone already has an opinion about the Two Towers, they're either going to see it NOW or are so sick of the hype they never want to see it, so what's a review from me going to do? With Star Trek, a lot of people I knew didn't even know it was coming out, and the ones that did didn't think it'd be worth anything, so in a way my opinion got to actually do something.

I liked The Two Towers a lot, it's a much more emotional, human story than the Fellowship. It's not as exciting though. Not as scary and edge-of-your-seat, not as dark and gloomy, all that. And it's got funny parts... how many funny parts were there in Fellowship? Jackson seemed to work towards squelching all attempts at humor in the first movie, I wondered why Gandalf's endless sarcasm towards Pippin were toned down, they made him a much more human character. In this movie we actually get to laugh, which is nice, Golim is a funny fucked up little creature and we get to make fun of his misfortune just like we do in the books.

I need to read the second book again. It wasn't my favorite of the series so I probably skimmed some sections and people keep telling me about differences between the book and the movie that I'm skeptical about, I think they're on crack. But oh well.

I will say that the ents, which are some of my favorite characters, just rock in this movie! I knew they would :)

Anyway, that's my deal on that movie, I'm going to take a bath and go to sleep now.