[Scottish] Media lab set up

Alan R alan at nonsite.co.uk
Sat Apr 9 10:27:39 BST 2005

I was once an F9 subscriber. Sounds like they have maybe  learned from their 
experiences NOT to mess the customer around. 

At one point, don't know if its still true,  they wouldn't let you run PHP on 
your pages. You had to upload any pages with PHP to a sandbox environment and 
create a link from the actual page! 

They also shifted the goal posts a lot in terms of their user agreements, 
which pissed of a great many number of users. 

The final straw was when they took money from my bank account without asking! 

For hosting nowadays, I use www.supanames.co.uk 
The best there is and extremely cheap. 
They say its always wise to shop around and never buy the all inclusive 
package from any one supplier. Never more true.

Alan R 

On Monday 04 April 2005 18:14, Colin Fraser wrote:
> Yes, but see the article on ADSLGuide's homepage (PlusNet = Force9 -
> they're the same , more or less). My recommendation is based on my
> experience with Force9 and mainly because of the extras - the web space
> provided is fully CGI compatible (on Linux/BSD servers if you want it)
> with MySQL, PHP, Perl, bash, etc. - ideal for Linux buffs.
> I've had great up-time from them, my router has recorded over 3 months
> up-time at one point. They also support fixed IP at no extra charge for
> VPN's, etc..
> You should also note that they, like most IP's, are switching their
> terms of service as BT (slowly) rolls out Max-DSL. This will mean that
> we'll all be able to connect at the maximum speed our lines will support
> and the monthly fee will depend on the amount we download. I can provide
> details of this if required.
> The roll-out is based on BT's upgrade of the exchanges but is expected
> to be complete by the end of autumn (but don't hold your breath - this
> is BT we're talking about!) and will supply everyone with 2Mb download
> speeds if their lines will handle it. 8Mb will follow. It's just a pity
> that ADSL will only support 512Kb upload speeds.
> Some other ISP's are still offering 'unlimited' broadband but all the
> opinion I've read is that they'll be forced down the same path by BT's
> charging policy. Also, many of the ISP's that advertise in the national
> press provide services that are only, barely, suitable for the average
> home user. If you need more my advice is 'don't touch them with a
> barge-pole', I've spent countless hours lately helping family and
> friends to sort out their setups and most of them are planning to switch
> once their current contracts run out.
> Cheers,
> Colin
> Subhi S Hashwa wrote:
> >Monday, April 4, 2005, 4:28:12 PM, Hannah Clinch wrote:
> >>Could anyone recommend a good ISP and package for a community media lab -
> >> 6 computers. Cheers Hannah
> >
> >Zen, one of the highest rated ISPs on www.adslguide.org.uk
> >www.zenadsl.co.uk
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