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2002\04\06@154647 by Thomas McGahee

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OK, I have finally given up on both Redrival and Freeservers.
I had been hosting my PIC related files such as PICUART.ASM,
my KEYPAD project, and my PIC Digital Capacitance Meter, along
with my homemade LCD font files on these sites in recent
weeks, but both of them have gone belly-up for one reason
or another.

I REALLY need a decent website where I can give my files a
home.

I have already spent over five hours today rummaging around
on the internet looking for a good free website, but after
checking out more than 60 sites, it seems that all of them
had one or more bad qualities.

This is what I need:

* Has to be absolutely free, with no hidden strings attached.

* At least 20 MB of disk space. More is better.

* No restrictions on the file-types (EXE JPG GIF ZIP PDF etc.)
 that can be stored or downloaded.

* No annoying banners or popups. Well, I can tolerate a simple
 banner ad, but it has to be inoffensive.

* direct FTP file access so I can add new stuff at a moment's
 notice.

* A reasonable up-time. Something approaching 99% would
 be a blessing.

It would be NICE if the site could also host a domain name,
but that is not necessary.

Any of you who have visited my existing web sites know that
I maintained a very simple web page. It is really just a place
for me to put things for others to download.

James Newton had offered some time ago to let me place my
stuff on his system, but I don't like the fact that I
couldn't directly manage my files myself via FTP, so I never
took him up on the offer.

Luckily several PIC list members have placed copies of some
of my files on their own websites, and I appreciate that,
But I really need to get a web site of my own that I can
work with on a daily basis. It would be so nice to be able
to post a PDF on my site and place a reference to it in an
e-mail instead of having to resort to converting my drawings
to low-res GIF files just to get the PIC list server to
accept them.

If any one can help me locate a decent web host that meets
all the above criteria, I will be MOST grateful.

Fr. Thomas McGahee

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2002\04\06@174509 by Dwayne Reid

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At 03:41 PM 4/6/02 -0500, Thomas McGahee wrote:

>James Newton had offered some time ago to let me place my
>stuff on his system, but I don't like the fact that I
>couldn't directly manage my files myself via FTP, so I never
>took him up on the offer.

As far as I recall, James actually prefers that you maintain your page
yourself if you host it on his system.  I think that you do maintenance via
a web interface rather than FTPing the files but James would be the
definitive authority on that.  Why not ask him again?

dwayne


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2002\04\06@174908 by Jim Paul

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Dude,

I'm sorry if I sound like a stick in the mud, but it seems you want
everything
ant no cost whatsoever.  If you can find something like this, I salute you.
But my guess is you'd have a better chance of finding hens teeth.
I think you'll have to spring for a few bucks a month to get the level of
service you're looking for.   But I do wish you luck.

P.S.  If you do find something like this, let us all know so we can join in.


Regards,


Jim
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2002\04\06@235200 by M. Adam Davis

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I'd be more than happy to host your site for you.

I can give you direct FTP access to a subdirectory under UBASICS.COM,
and you can have more than 20MB.

My hosting provider should be able to add the DNS entries so your sites
point directly to the subdirectory under my site, though there may be a
low one-time cost associated with it.  You'd have to get your registrar
to associate these DNS servers with your domain.

And/or you could get something like 'redrival.ubasics.com' for free.

Let me know.

-Adam

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2002\04\07@101200 by Byron A Jeff

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On Sat, Apr 06, 2002 at 03:41:55PM -0500, Thomas McGahee wrote:
> OK, I have finally given up on both Redrival and Freeservers.
> I had been hosting my PIC related files such as PICUART.ASM,
> my KEYPAD project, and my PIC Digital Capacitance Meter, along
> with my homemade LCD font files on these sites in recent
> weeks, but both of them have gone belly-up for one reason
> or another.
>
> I REALLY need a decent website where I can give my files a
> home.
>
> I have already spent over five hours today rummaging around
> on the internet looking for a good free website, but after
> checking out more than 60 sites, it seems that all of them
> had one or more bad qualities.

And unfortunately that's the nature of the beast. You're not going to get
everything on your list unless you get some private individual to host
for you. I'll tell you about the one that I use, http://www.finitesite.com,
and how it matches up to your list:

>
> This is what I need:
>
> * Has to be absolutely free, with no hidden strings attached.

Check, with one caveat. They require address verification. It can be done
completely free by snail mail. However for instant access it's done by charging
a credit card a $2 fee. That's the only single charge that's ever issued if
you decide to go that route.


>
> * At least 20 MB of disk space. More is better.

Falldown here. They offer 10MB per account.

>
> * No restrictions on the file-types (EXE JPG GIF ZIP PDF etc.)
>   that can be stored or downloaded.

Check.

>
> * No annoying banners or popups. Well, I can tolerate a simple
>   banner ad, but it has to be inoffensive.

Here's the winner. There's no banner or popup at all. None. Zero. Nil. Nada.
Nothing. It's absolutely amazing.

>
> * direct FTP file access so I can add new stuff at a moment's
>   notice.

Falldown #2. FTP access is offered as a premium service and rightly so IMHO.
The two problems that often occur is having to manage and sync two different
services, and the fact that many users are unfamiliar with FTP interfaces.
Which means that it takes for service time and personnel. And when you're
giving the services away, it's a cost that can not be afforded.

>
> * A reasonable up-time. Something approaching 99% would
>   be a blessing.

I think the site has been down one day in the nearly 3 years that I've used it.

>
> It would be NICE if the site could also host a domain name,
> but that is not necessary.

Check. A $25 one time setup fee and then your domain name is bound to the
site permanently.

>
> Any of you who have visited my existing web sites know that
> I maintained a very simple web page. It is really just a place
> for me to put things for others to download.
>
> James Newton had offered some time ago to let me place my
> stuff on his system, but I don't like the fact that I
> couldn't directly manage my files myself via FTP, so I never
> took him up on the offer.

That's a tough nut to crack. From a service standpoint it's easier to maintain
only a web based system instead of web and ftp. Personally I find web based
file loaders to be rather inoffensive just as long as it's a simple form
without a bunch of scripting, Flash, Java, and the like. It doesn't happen to
be a dealbreaker for me.

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The best recommendation I can give for http://www.finitesite.com is that I'm one of
the folks that has been rehosting PICUART.ZIP.

But that's a very very tough list. Your best bet is to solicit the help
of a school in getting some space to meet your needs. If I still at the
university, I'd probably make the offer myself.

Good luck in your search.

BAJ

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2002\04\07@165553 by Thomas McGahee

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Jim,

(Wow! I've never been called Dude before... it makes me think
of myself as some kind of California surfin' dude. YO! MAN! Cool!
Hawaii 5-O music in the background... followed by <WIPEOUT!!!>)

While there are no commercial hosting sites that offer all the things
I mentioned, there are individuals on this list that have been generous
enough to offer me a home for my web site on their own servers.

The website will allow me to continue to make available to PIC list
members (and many others) some of my PIC related files, projects, and
tutorials. It will also allow me to make PDF files available
so I can provide decent schematics for some of the circuits I
write about in e-mails without having to attach the files to the
e-mail itself. The persons who are providing me with some web space
are actually helping *all* the list members, not just myself.

I will be responding individually to all those who have offered me
web space within the next day or so. In the mean time, I would
just like to acknowledge that the PIC list community has many
members who contribute to the success of this list. Some of them
we know about through their posts. But there are also very many
persons who quietly, in the backgound, do what they can to make
this the wonderful list that it is. To each of you I offer my
heartfelt thanks and gratitude.



Fr. Thomas McGahee


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2002\04\08@132131 by Dipperstein, Michael

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Digitalrice.com offers exactly what you are asking for, but there's one catch,
their home page at http://www.digitalrice.com takes you to a 404 web page.  But
have no fear the 404 page has a sign-up link.  The kicker is the sign-up link is
also 404.

It might not hurt to check there periodically.

-Mike
http://mdipper.digitalrice.com

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