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Last Weekend Offline
2008-06-02 15:21:33Group: Issues

We were affected by the explosion at the DataCenter last weekend and would like to thank you for your patience while we were resolving related issues.

You may read more about the explosion at
An anonymous reader writes "Customers hosting with ThePlanet, a major Texas hosting provider, are going through some tough times. Yesterday evening at 5:45 pm local time an electrical short caused a fire and explosion in the power room, knocking out walls and taking the entire facility offline. No-one was hurt and no servers were damaged. Estimates suggest 9,000 servers are offline, affecting 7,500 customers, with ETAs for repair of at least 24 hours from onset. While they claim redundant power, because of the nature of the problem they had to go completely dark. This goes to show that no matter how much planning you do, Murphy's Law still applies." Here's a Coral CDN link to ThePlanet's forum where staff are posting updates on the outage. At this writing almost 2,400 people are trying to read it.

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New features: search, mirror, admin login and blog
2006-04-10 23:51:30Group: New Features
We have not being releasing news or blogging much so far this year but things have been busier than ever.

Here is a brief summary of the new features:

All the pages on your web site now display a search box near the top left corner. Visitors can use it to search virtually anything on your site. The search engine works like most other search engines you might be familiar with. It parses the files to build a search index, then uses it to answer queries really fast. As expected, new files or blogs cannot be searched until they are indexed. The parser processes numerous file formats including Blogs, HTML, PDF, RTF, Text, Word, Excel, XML, and the Meta data (filename, title, author, description, price etc) of folders, music, video, archives and such.

A number of files are currently mirrored so that if you are using a laptop, or if your computer goes off for any reason, most of your site will still look the same and be available to visitors. As you would expect, music, video and other large files are not mirrored. This feature is not really intended to encourage you to build a web site and let it abandon it like people used to do in the past. It's our hope that the ease of use of the Robot will continue to be an incentive to add files and blog often.

Admin Login and Blog
The Admin link is near the bottom of the left navigation bar. The email address and password (the same that were used during the registration) are required to login. Right now, it gives you the ability to post a new blog on your site even when you are away from your machine. For instance if you go to the library, at a meeting, in school and so on, you web site kind of comes with you.

As usual, you don't have to do anything to trigger these new features. They are already available.



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2006-04-11 00:50:27
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DSL vs Cable
2006-03-08 00:16:33Group: Broadband
How does DSL compare to Cable?

Since I have answered this so many times in the past few months, I guess it's helpful to put it here:

The quick answer is that they are about the same.

There was a time I tested both Comcast cable and Qwest DSL, did not noticed any major difference, but I ended up keeping DSL because I got it first and my whole test system was already configured for it.

There is currently a promotion for Comcast Cable, $19.99/month for 6 months and the same for DSL for 12 months for a comparable speed of about 1Mbps which is very fast.

After the promotion, they are both around $40.00/month.

There are banners for both promotions on the bottom of this page: although you may need to refresh a few times to see each of them. It's probably also available directly on those company web sites.

I think if you want to shut down your home phone completely and use VoIP (the Vonage Internet Phone), Qwest might penalize you a few bucks.

There is another option slightly cheaper for DSL, like the one we installed last time. It's a lower speed 256Kbps, and somewhat cheaper: $24.99 12 months promotion, then about $32.00 after. That's ok for email, browsing the web, but if you download a lot of music, video, or the VoIP, it may be a bit tied, but still ok.

Verizon offers a DSL service about $3.00 - $5.00 cheaper than Qwest but I am not sure it's available in your area.

One important point is that both DSL and Cable work well with Web SIte Robot. With recent routers, the robot configures itself and the router, so that one can install and start using.


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2006-03-08 01:15:20
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Link to the Current Press Release
2005-02-08 02:57:06Group: General
So far, tens of thousands of online news outlets have picked up our recent press release. You may read it at:
New Blog Tool

Please forward it to your friends.


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2005-04-12 05:35:51
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Current Press Release Focuses on the Blog Tool
2005-02-06 23:43:56Group: General
Our current press release officially launches Web SIte Robot Version 2.0 and focuses on the blog tool which is a major feature enhancement.

The blog tool is a great step in the pursuit of the mission of NetForAll which is to give anyone the ability to publish on the web as easily as creating a file on the local computer. It turns out that using the new tool to post a blog is even easier than anything else that one may do with computers because there is no need to remember email address, web site location, or track a filename.

Please look for our press release and forward it to friends. They will be grateful to you for encouraging them to start posting blogs. 

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2005-02-07 03:29:29
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What's next?
2005-01-13 02:19:58Group: General
Yes, a few people are asking what's next. We just all have to enjoy the blog tool right now.

Indeed, there is a lot in the pipe but there ia company policy that prohibits making claims about what is currently under development. That's really just to keep some sanity. Making things feel simple to everyone is already so hard, if you add deadlines, the situation would be totally crazy. Also, to be honest, priorities also change a lot. For instance, something else was just a few weeks from release and it had to be held off for the blog tool.

So what's next?
More fun! 

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2005-01-13 02:19:58
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Specs of Web Site Robot Blog tool
2005-01-13 02:12:11Group: General
As you are using Web SIte Robot's blog tool, I am sure you will notice it's simplicity.

That apparent simplicity is actually by design. Here are some of the requirements:

Wehn you type a blog, somehow it gets saved, published or remembered when you are offline, archived when you have too many floating around, tells you where to find it on the web, helps you with bad words, or meaningless entries. All that had to be done in the background so that you don't even notice that it's doing something.

Better yet, the screen doesn't even freezes while it's doing its stuff. It just nicely tells you that it's busy. You don't need to worry about the way it presented to reader, the formatting, background, templates etc. Just blog, and go!

In any case, if you don't have a blog page yet, please click here to download Web Site Robot and enjoy! 

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2005-01-13 02:12:11
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Web Site Robot Version 2.0
2005-01-03 19:30:09Group: General
Web Site Robot Version 2.0 includes a very easy to use blog tool. As with all the features of Web Site Robot, the blog tool gives you all the options while keeping things simple:
Just type and publish
Publish with just one click
Shows web site address to locate blog
You may edit or delete older Blogs
Automtically archives older Blogs
Unlimited Blogs
Unlimited Blog groups
Allows offline Blog
Automatically publishes offline Blog when you are connected
Readers may choose template as with the rest of the web site


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2005-01-04 05:27:32
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How do you edit a Blog?
2005-01-03 19:18:25Group: General
On the Blog screen, use the Date field to select the date of a previous blog. Change the Group, Title or Text fields and click on Publish. Your old blog is updated on your web site: Go to your web site and click on Blog to see the changes. 

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How do you Blog?
2005-01-03 19:17:43Group: General
Fill the Title and Text fields, then click on Publish. Your Blog instantly appears on your web site. You may use your browser to check it out: go to your web site and click on Blog. 

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2005-01-03 19:17:43
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What is a Blog?
2005-01-03 19:16:46Group: General
Blog stands for web log.
It's a quick message that you post on your web site to inform your visitors. It may be the latest news, an upcoming event, a new product, whatever you are doing right now, or something you are very excited about. People who are interested in you, your family, work, hobby or business will come to your page and click on Blog to see what's new. 

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2005-01-03 19:16:46
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