auf wiedersehen

Posted by harm.evil.lilac on October 23, 2019 at 12:45 PM

I had this love-hate relationship with then Philhosting now Webtextmedia since 2008, which I would love to go in detail, but that's not the main topic of this post.

So here's a little story that may add to the fire that is Philhosting/Webtextmedia debacle:

My hosting was supposed to expire on April 30, and I had received an email on April 15 telling me of the upcoming billing. So I head to the site viewed the invoice which also slapped me with a 100peso "Late Fee" starting May 1 (which hasn't arrived WTF) for one year cloudUNLI hosting. The renewal invoice email came April 15 which I paid on April 16. I still had credit with them worth 706, so I only paid the remainder of the invoice through Paypal. Besides that, I also have an aggregate of five years renewal for my two domains (I've paid for Domain #1 until 2023 and until 2022 for Domain #2).

I was dillydallying in my decision to transfer web hosts since forever (btw, I tried GoDaddy) until September when I finally gave it a thought after noticing my blog has errored out. I logged in to my Cpanel only to find out that I cannot do anything with Cpanel as there have been some errors on their (Philhosting/Webtextmedia) part which means they haven't been maintaining their servers well (NOTE: This wasn't the first time Cpanel hasn't worked. There was also the time when they let their Cpanel license expire).

Also to my surprise, my invoice remained "Unpaid" - something I was surprised about given that I had paid it way before the May 30 email so it should have been updated. My site was still online so there seems to be some kind of implicit understanding that "I had renewed" and my hosting with them will continue on until April 29.

Given the "suspension" of service by Philhosting/Webtextmedia, there is no support - EPP codes were not given at all, that Cpanel error will never be fixed. And there was no assurance that Webtextmedia or any surviving entity (if there is one) will continue to renew my domains (likely not). I decided to wing it and abandon the prospect of recovering anything from my site and get hosted on a reputable host. I also did wrestle control of my domain from Philhosting/Webtextmedia by coordinating with OnlineNIC foregoing the five years renewal credits - at this stage, as I had already cut my losses, I couldn't care less.

Then I had this stupid idea of trying to launch a Paypal Payment Dispute Resolution on my April 16 payment given that:

  1. Webtextmedia services were terminated
  2. My Invoice remained "Unpaid" and no actual assurance hosting will stay until April 2020
  3. even if they keep my site up, with no way to do stuff due to broken Cpanel, it's not really worth it.

My payment was refunded and the hosting was instantly dropped

What does that mean? Ruel Mindoro still has control of everything (Webtextmedia site and servers). If he sold it to that "Chinese Businessman" there should have been a notice of the change in ownership when it was consummated. Also if he sold the entire business, he shouldn't have control of the Paypal payments and then the site.

Long story short, Auf Wiedersehen Webtextmedia. We won't miss you

Vaulting ambition

Posted by harm.evil.lilac on March 3, 2019 at 05:56 PM


So, I had this exchange in skype earlier with a former colleague (who was the previous geology superintendent in our other site) which was now hired as a consultant on my former site (basically we switched locations). 

In 2017, he was asking for geological data on regional geology which I purposely ignored due to the reasons below:

  1. At the time, he was already made redundant from our company. He's asking for privileged information on areas that he didn't work on at all. While we were in the same department before, with him being in Myanmar and I was in Laos at the time, the data of both sites were compartmentalised, I don't have access to much of their data and most of them working in Myanmar didn't have access to ours.
    When he asked for the data, I was still working at the same company albeit on a different department and didn't lose access to the data. I wasn't the current custodian of the data since that would be cross-department stuff and I have to ask permission to my previous boss (which I also didn't want to do).  I am bound by company rules and my contract not to give him any.

    I eventually figured out why he was asking for the said data - there was an opening for an expatriate exploration manager on a company working on the tenement adjacent to the areas we've worked on -- so yeah double no -- I won't be complicit to theft of intellectual property.
  2. Also, aside from him not qualified for the data. I don't intend to help my rival But that's a story for another day

Well, this time and that time are different. He was hired as a consultant by our company to re-interpret the data that we have to check if those who worked on both mines didn't leave any concept not investigated. As part of his mandate and I'm sure he's bound by confidentiality agreements -  I didn't have any qualms helping him at this stage so yes, both reasons I gave above doesn't hold true.

Anyway, in the end, the data he's looking for this time actually didn't exist save for regional geophysics dataset so I cannot help him that much. Problem solved.


Exercise in Futility

Posted by harm.evil.lilac on July 24, 2018 at 07:37 PM

There is no fighting back the tide (and my eventual transfer back)

The decision was made above my paygrade (and yours too). Besides I’m accepting the offer.

Moving on Monday

Posted by harm.evil.lilac on May 8, 2018 at 08:21 PM

Err... I don’t care what date it is today XD

I registered my first Tabulas account one beautiful day back in April 2005 some 13 years and 17 days ago because I actually ran out of notebooks to write on. I made a second account – a.k.a. This one – to separate my then game persona (old blog) to my personal one a few months after and continued on. I almost tried them all: Geocities, blogger, LiveJournal,, Posterous, self-hosted WordPress and one arcane journal site which I can’t even remember  -- and I kept on returning back to Tabulas.

I mean what’s not to like about Tabulas, then and now?

  • There’s a great community of writers.
  • I am delighted to change my template styles on a whim – which you have to code for.
  • Privacy settings – who doesn’t love Friends-only posts? I do! It allows us to share posts with friends but keep the rest of the public out. I mean, WordPress enables you to do protected posts, but you need to set a password every single time.
  • Backups, stats – it was great then until Roy deprecated them. Well, only stats, the backups he wasn’t able to port back and updated when the site was restored.

And that’s what bugs me the most these days, the lack of back-ups. Mainly when the community lost a few posts here and there in 201x when Roy’s host decided not to continue hosting tabulas…  and took over the domain. Fortunately, I didn’t lose anything since I was mostly hibernating at that time. I still am now, despite willing my self to write more since last year, inactive AF posting a few things from time to time.

Although takeover of tabulas is nigh impossible, I am keeping another copy of my posts in a self-hosted WordPress on my personal site. Just in case something terrible occurred, like Roy ending tabulas (NOOOOOOOOOO!) – sure with our current traffic and usage, we’re not cutting through Roy’s bottom line – but who knows right?

I still can’t get to love WordPress though.

Oh well. C’est la vie.

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