Pondering web hosts

I’m on the verge of switching web hosts. I currently use Media Temple and overall I would say my satisfaction level is mediocre on a good day. Customer service rapidly declined when GoDaddy took over a few years ago. My last interaction with their tech support was a major turn off and I’ve been testing the waters with different companies whenever I get the opportunity. It’s sad because Media Temple used to be known as one of the better hosting to companies to use, loved by designers and developers. I’m thinking of switching to Host Gator because they have really good tech support/customer service, 99.9% uptime guarantee, and a variety of plans to choose from. I’ve worked with Host Gator several times on projects and it’s always been a pleasant experience. If you have a favorite let me know.

Your Startup Disk is Almost Full

Recently I’ve been getting the infamous Your Startup Disk Is Almost Full error popup whenever I try to open a program. My old fix of deleting a few stray files here and there wasn’t making it go away.

your start up disk is almost full

(in a nutshell: if you get this message, you need to delete files or uninstall programs to make space)

My solution: I went through my desktop and deleted all unnecessary files. (I’m that person that saves every single little thing to my desktop.) I moved all photos/graphics/web files to DropBox (see below), deleted some extra software that I installed and don’t use, and what seemed to make the other biggest difference was I deleted all my downloads. On a Mac, you can view all your downloads at Finder > Downloads. I had some large DMG files, graphics, photos etc.. Clearing out most of the downloads probably made the biggest impact on my storage.

You can check your storage to see what is taking up space by going to Apple (icon) > About this Mac > Storage The downloads files will be in the yellow area referred to a Other.

I finally caved and upgraded my DropBox account to move photos and files off my desktop. Up until now, I used DropBox for client work and sharing only. I’m of the old school variety, I typically put all my extra files on external hard drives. Problem with that is, over time even the best hardware brands will break…and then you’re scrambling to find some hard drive expert who claims he or she can retrieve corrupted files, and trust me from my own experience, that’s a timely and expensive slippery slope that you don’t want to bother with.

Dropbox upgrade: 9.99/month, for 1TB of space. That should take awhile. I’ll write a follow up after I hit the 1TB mark and share what I will do then.

If you do get this message, the best fix is to delete all files you don’t need, delete your downloads, and uninstall the programs on your machine that you aren’t using. This message means you need to clear some space for your machine to run properly.

Wish List – Razer BlackWidow Chroma keyboard

Attention Santa, please bring me this keyboard! The other while browsing around Best Buy for a Christmas gift for my nephew, I spotted the Razer BlackWidow Chroma keyboard out of the corner of my eye. It’s so freaking cool (designed for gamers of course). It has a backlit keyboard that can be programmed to be any color you want down the the key, I personally like the rainbow default effect. Besides looking super cool, the keyboard has powerful anti-ghosting features and can handle up to 10 commands at once. There’s a version that’s sold with a wrist rest if you’re like me and get bruises and other injuries from being on your keyboard for long periods of time. The best price I’ve found is on Amazon (Prime!) and this version includes the wrist rest

chroma blackwidow rainbow keyboard

Bye Bye Net Neutrality

This is heartbreaking (insert every sad/angry/infuriated emoji face).

Today the FCC plans to kill Net Neutrality despite a possible ethics issue in question.

Read it here. For the record I am disgusted. I hope the lawsuits start piling up immediately.