Posted by harm.evil.lilac on May 18, 2020 at 04:26 AM
minsan mas maigi pa mag-ipon ng nendoroids.
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:
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
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:
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.
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.
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, WordPress.com, 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?
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 Tabulas.com 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.
Teka, ang katotohanan na lang ba sa Pilipinas eh ang traffic at manggagantsong taxi driver... at puro fake news na lahat?