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MediaTemple vs Rackspace

I’ve been with MediaTemple for about 5-6 years. About 3 years ago I started working with an awesome client who is the owner of http://www.nationalspeedsportnews.com.

My client was using Rackspace and they were on a  shared plan which was pretty decent but it cost quite a bit with overages that were accruing, I finally convinced them to move to Rackspace Dedicated Servers, a dedicated virtual hosting service. We moved and the migration was seamless. I even had a direct contact at Rackspace that could help me out.

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After being with their dedicated hosting solution running us about $300 a month, I was always a big fan of MediaTemple. They even had a WordPress hosting solution for only $20 a month! Awesome… I eventually convinced my client to move to this hosting solution… Errrrrccchhh! Big Mistake!

MediaTemples WordPress plan caps you at about 256mb/512mb ram. We were getting site down messages all the time. So, we needed to rethink the solution, MediaTemple was still a good solution, just not the wordpress solution, right?

Well, we then moved to their DV Level 4 servers which was ok for a little while. (Oh, btw, in order to migrate I had to pay MediaTemple about $100) I wish they would have migrated for fee, but it’s ok… But then about 3 months later their DV level 4 servers upgraded. Woohoo! Instead of the 4GB server it is now an 8GB server. So, I guess the upgrade will be automatic…

My server is going to get upgraded, right?… WRONG!

I had to pay another $100 to upgrade from a DV Level 4 server to the (new) DV Level 4 server. Another $100 and if that’s not enough our site has been down for the last 3 hours and still going… Which is my reason for writing this article. I have a feeling we may be moving back to Rackspace or another hosting solution.

So if you ever ask yourself, “should I go with MediaTemple or Rackspace.”

Go with Rackspace!

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How to create a Video Membership Site

Let’s say you wanted to create your own Video Membership site. What would you use for that? Your first instinct might be to go with WordPress and this is definitely a viable solution; however, there are going to be a lot of disconnects and a lot of functionality that doesn’t work just right. Checkout this article about WordPress vs HelloVideo.

Now, thanks to HelloVideo you can easily create your own Video Membership website. The script is very easy to install and very easy to configure. With HelloVideo you have a powerful admin dashboard where you can add/edit/delete videos, posts, pages, and users. You can view statistics about your video site right when you login to your admin dashboard.

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HelloVideo comes with 3 great themes. Each theme has separate settings that you can modify. You can also add your own custom CSS or Javascript. This app was built to seamlessly integrate with stripe and it was built the latest version of Laravel, Laravel5.

Once you gain access to the download section you will also have access to all the documentation a ton of quick start videos, and all your downloads. You will get free updates and free upgrades for a whole year.

So, if you’re in need of creating an awesome Video Membership Website, do your users a favor and get one of the best Video CMS’s available today.

Check it out at HelloVideoApp.com

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Computer Cats

Here’s a roundup of some awesome cats p’laying on computers. Every now and then it’s fun to do a post that distracts us from the computers a bit. Enjoy:

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With all this laziness, no one is going to kill any bugs or get any work done; however, perhaps we should take a cue from these furry creatures and get some sleep. Otherwise we’ll always be like this:

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Make sure you get some rest. Your computer will be there tomorrow :)

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UsePanda – News & Inspiration for Designers and Developers

One of the tools that I commonly used to stay up-to-date with the latest design and development news is UsePanda. UsePanda can be used as a chrome extension or as a webpage. The chrome extension is great. After activating the extension, every time you open up a new tab, you’re presented with the following screen:

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Every morning you can get up and in front of your computer, with your coffee at your side, as you stay up-to-date by checking out all the links and design inspiration presented through UsePanda. Some may look at this as a distraction, but….. others would say it’s motivation.

UsePanda takes the latest news from many popular technology sites like Designer News, SideBar IO, Hacker News, and so much more. You will also be inspired as you can easily scroll through the most popular design shots from Dribbble, Behance, or Awwwards.

Be sure to download this awesome extension and get inspired :)

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Is the iWatch being unveiled next Tuesday?

Next Tuesday is September 9th and is the next Apple Keynote. Excitement is circling around the new iPhone 6 and iOS 8. Another exciting unveiling may very well be the Apple iWatch or wearable device.

There is no certainty that the name of the Apple wearable device is going to be called the iWatch, but one thing for certain is that this release will be very exciting.

Just think about being able to answer your phone from your watch, responding to a text message via your watch, and enjoying health fitness tracking information similar to fitbit!

Be sure to tune in this Tuesday for the next Apple Keynote: http://wheniskeynote.com/

To read more about this possible exciting release, checkout the iMore article titled iWatch: Setting expectations for Apple’s next wearable

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Is the iPhone 6 going to support 3x retina images

Retina devices require developers to create 2 types of images, an @2x resolution for retina displays and normal resolution for regular displays. Well, Apple may be adding a 3X resolution display to iOS 8. Marck Gunman reported that Apple was testing a 1704x960px resolution display for the iPhone 6, which would be achieved by tripling each pixel from the “base resolution”.

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According to an iOS developer, James Thomson, a newly discovered bug in iOS 8 loads 3x images instead of 2x images. Is this an accident or is this intentional?

james-thomson-tweetThis means that in the future we may have to add another image size to our export list. We’ll have to export all of our asset images at normal resolution, 2x resolution, and 3x resolution. All I can say is I’m hoping this is just a fluke. The less work I have to do to make my images look nice on any device means more time to focus on other things.

It’s still to be determined whether we’ll have to export images at 3x resolution in the future, but if this is the case you’ll want to make sure to get started sooner than later. Be sure to checkout Apples next key note, scheduled for September 9th for the unveiling of iOS 8.

Learn more about the next Apple keynote here: http://wheniskeynote.com/

To read more about the possible 3x resolution, you can find more information over at 9to5Mac.

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Twibble.io – Simple Tweets from your RSS Feed

Using Twibble you can set the latest content from your RSS feed to be tweeted to your twitter account at certain time intervals. Twibble will send out one of your latest posts, articles, or any other new piece of content that gets added to your RSS feed. This is automating the process of tweeting your new stories. Gaining a larger following couldn’t be easier with this tool.

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To get started you can simply signup using your twitter account. Once logged in you can give your feed a name, provide the RSS feed URL, setup the interval at which you want twibble to look for new content to be posted, test out an example post, and then finally save your new feed.

You can then view Analytics to see the amount of click throughs you are getting for your tweets.

Using this tool will eliminate the need to manually tweet your latest article or post, which saves time to write more. So, get on board and checkout this cool new app called Twibble.

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10 Awesome Programming Jokes

Yeah, Yeah… Some of these may be pretty lame, but these are a few of the funnier programming jokes that I have found, so I thought that I would share them. I would say that if you understand less than 7 of these jokes, you are probably not a programmer :P Anyway, check’m out below:

Q: how many programmers does it take to change a light bulb?

A: none, that’s a hardware problem

Q: “Whats the object-oriented way to become wealthy?”

A: Inheritance

Q: Why did the programmer quit his job?

A: Because he didn’t get arrays.

Q: What did the Java code say to the C code?

A: You’ve got no class.

Q: Why are Assembly programmers always soaking wet?

A: They work below C-level.

Q: What do cats and programmers have in common?

A: When either one is unusually happy and excited, an appropriate question would be, “did you find a bug?”

Q: What is the most used language in programming?

A: Profanity.

Q: Why did the database administrator leave his wife?

A: She had one-to-many relationships

Q: Why do programmers always get Christmas and Halloween mixed up?

A: Because DEC 25 = OCT 31

Q: How did the programmer die in the shower?

A: He read the shampoo bottle instructions: Lather. Rinse. Repeat.