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I'm in the process of moving my Speakeasy DSL to my new apartment. In doing so, I went over the other options, and realized that if I let go of my static IP (along with competent techs, network maps, etc.), I can save $60/month by going to AT&T.

As a poor college student who has the ability to go in to lab whenever there is an outage at home, this should be a no-brainer... yet, I feel pretty attached to having my own IP that I can know and trust to be there. I've used DynDNS in the past and have no real complaints with their service, but it's not quite enough for some reason.

Is this common? Am I just weird?

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From:arisrabkin
Date:March 25th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
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I think you're weird. For $0.10, you can rent a VM on EC2 for an hour. Unless you're using your server 25 days a month, you'd be better off renting the VM when you need a server. With a little scripting, starting and stopping becomes trivial.
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From:mbrubeck
Date:March 25th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
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Agreed. And for even cheaper than EC2 (as little as $20/month) you can get a VPS somewhere like Slicehost that's available 24x7. Way easier than running your own datacenter at home.

(Personally, a $10/month shared host account at Dreamhost is more than enough for my server needs.)
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From:avani
Date:March 25th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
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It's usually a case of "crap, I forgot to grab this file for my presentation. Good thing I can ssh to my server and get it". Or, "this doesn't work here, let me tunnel from my own machine". Having a particular set of software and complete control over it (e.g. I need certain python modules installed anywhere I want to get work done, and I trust my setup more than most others). If I was using it to host files / a webpage, Dreamhost would be great.

Slicehost looks awesome. I ought to look into that.
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From:willworker
Date:March 25th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
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Not wholly weird-- I went with Speakeasy over their competition for the same reason, myself, although the difference was more like $15/mo. $60/mo gets to be a bit much.

Steve
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From:avani
Date:March 25th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
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I think it's a promotional thing. It comes to about $30/month difference long term.
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From:shazamaramack
Date:March 25th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
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Why isn't dyndns enough?

Edited at 2009-03-25 06:00 am (UTC)
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From:avani
Date:March 25th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
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If I'm not paying them, they owe me nothing.
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From:shazamaramack
Date:March 25th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
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I don't follow... you mean you don't feel like you can trust their reliability because it's a free service?
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From:inferno0069
Date:March 25th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
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You *can* pay them, if you want to.

Edit: To be clear, I don't mean that you can donate (though I'm sure it's possible somehow). They have extra stuff for people who give them money.

Edited at 2009-03-25 09:29 pm (UTC)
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From:krchicken
Date:March 25th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
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you arent wierd for liking static ips, but you are if they are worth 60/month to you
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