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16 Nov, 2009, Hades_Kane wrote in the 13th comment:
Lobotomy: This is an official warning, that type of unprovoked outburst is unwelcome, and falls under a breach of the rules: "No harassment. This includes but is not limited to: "trolling", "flaming", and antagonizing others for your own amusement. "
Yeah a bit out of proportion to say the least. I would normally respond, but well… Instead I will just post this.
Nevermind. I will respond. Free hosting is a favor. They don't get much out of it. When someone helps you do something as a favor, you don't get angry when or if things don't turn out perfect. Unless you just never want anyone to do a favor for you again, because that is what will eventually happen.
Even if hosting is free, it would obviously be nice if the host gave warning about things like reboots and other major changes, and you should avoid a free host that is demonstrably unreliable. But, well, one should never expect one's free hosting to stay around forever, unless you have reason to believe that the host is in fact reliable. Zeno, for example, has shown himself to be a reliable and responsive host, but even then one should not treat his hosting service as a production environment, or even have an expectation that it will be around forever. Expecting somebody to provide high reliability for free is a little rude IMO; it's a good illustration of getting an inch for free and then demanding even more as a granted 'right' instead of as a kind service. If you aren't willing to live with hiccups, then pay for that protection or manage your own hosting. Ah well.
I dunno. I think it depends on the context. For example, here, the op is projecting themselves as a legitimate, responsible host looking for more "customers." I would expect better than terrible conditions with such a host. Even for free. Although I agree. If you want real service just cough up those mega-bux.
Also on a related subject, I think anyone who wants a shell to hack some code would do well to figure out a way to run/test on their own box. There's a lot of Linux options even for windows users. And there's a lot of programming options within windows itself. Many languages are cross platform portable by nature.
One thing I did was try vmware and had a ubuntu setup on my windows computer. my problem was that my computer wasn't able to run it very well since it's very old. But that's a great place to start I believe. I have eventually just shelled up the money for a linode account the past year now. I like the fact that I can pretty much do whatever I want on it and have the freedom to do it. I have enjoyed Linode immensely and recommend it to anyone who would like to try their hand in owning a server.
If you're going to do any *nix development, personally I prefer setting up something from home. Of course, I'm a windows fan for personal use, so I use Cygwin with an SSH. This way I can use Putty from any of my computers, although, I do have like 5 PCs, so I guess it would depend, but still, once you set up the daemon, you don't have to devote the serving computer to linux or something.