Just a quick post to note that the server that this blog is hosted on has been moved. Along with the move is included a slower internet connection. The fibre is throttled at 50Mbps down and 9Mbps up. A noticeable downgrade from the previous 76Mbps down and 18Mbps up. You can tell that it’s throttled. Every time you run a speedtest, the speed jumps up to very decent speeds (120Mbps+) for a second or so and then rapidly descends to exactly 50Mbps. It’s a shame and I apologise for the halving in my server’s connections speed, but there isn’t anything I can do at the moment. All the available plans for the new postcode go up to 50Mbps and no higher. I can only wait for the nearest Fibre cabinet to start providing higher speeds.
I’ve set up the server to run a speedtest daily at 2:30am, you can see a graph of the results below
First and foremost, let’s address the elephant in the room: my webpage is now hosted at zeevox.net, having moved from my previous domain name timothylanger.tk.
As some of my readers will know, I host my webpage on my home network as a cheaper alternative that copes fine with the few users that do visit my site.
In the UK (and many other countries I’m sure), broadband is provided by the ISP in 12-month or 18-month contracts. After that, prices skyrocket, in the hopes that users will not notice and continue paying the higher tariffs for broadband.
As an attentive broadband user, our household switches ISPs as soon as the contract runs out. Usually, this transfer process is smooth, with a maximum of a day of interruption. Over the Christmas holiday period, while switching from BT to Sky, there was an error. BT claimed they had handed our broadband over to Sky, while Sky said they hadn’t received anything; the problem was Openreach – a company. which used to be part of BT but is now separate, which manages the fibre cabinets and the telephone wires.
This issue persisted for some time, and our household was left with no internet for over a week. Visitors will have noticed this as timothylanger.tk was inaccessible for some time, leaving some error message on their screens. On 21/12/18 I received an email from the Freenom Review team with the following:
The Freenom Review Team has visited your website today. Unfortunately we have to say that today we cancelled your domain timothylanger.tk.
The reason for the cancellation is that the website address you used for your free domain name was not accessible or did not follow the guidelines set in our terms and conditions.
I was rather disappointed that my domain was cancelled, although I do agree that it is in the Dot TK T&Cs:
The Dot TK Registry does not allow any free domain name registrations … where the content does not exist, shows an empty page, shows an error message, shows a ‘not available’ page …
Of course, nothing in the terms and conditions states that I can’t just re-register my domain name, however, a year of Freenom was a good headstart into the world of web hosting. I decided to order myself a ‘proper’ domain name from a more reputable company. For £10/year I purchased zeevox.net and now it is in my control.
As my first post on this blog, I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Timothy Langer, I’m a student in the UK and I love computers and programming. More closely, I’m a fan of all things Android and Google.
I have now successfully registered my own personal top level domain name, timothylanger.tk, and I plan on experimenting and finding useful applications for it.
I program in my spare time, primarily focusing on Android application development. I publish my applications under the group name EAZY Code, and you can find my published apps on the Google Play Store here. While designing my applications, I strive to follow Google’s Material Design guidelines for colour, shape and motion.
I’ll be posting more here soon.
The future is near