Five Percent: Conserve Energy

Climate Change Is Important: Energy Conservation is the First Step

March 20, 2008

FivePercent now hosted by a real hosting service

Category: Cool Sites – Tom Harrison – 8:03 pm

In order to develop A Site With No Name (yet) I needed a web hosting service that was more, er, reliable than my former unreliable hosting service.

They were ok at the start. But several times I tried to log in and found a problem, submitted a support ticket and they got back to me saying something like “yes, this is a known problem that we’re working on”, after which the problem was resolved. But then I began to realize, as I looked at log and traffic data that these outages were quite frequent. After coming home from a vacation after Christmas, I learned that the site had been down for many days, and that I was expected to know that I needed to do some minor reconfiguration in order to make it work again. Harrumph! With relish, I will cancel my account tomorrow. Onward and upward.

Given that I work for a company whose websites have not had an outage in 16 months, perhaps my standards are higher than I should expect for $7.95/month. Well, now that I have tripled my “capital investment” I am paying for some first-class web hosting service. (Note: I started writing this last night, but was rudely awakened this morning by the monitoring service that we use at my company. Guess what: first time in 16 months, several of our websites were performing slowly. Seriously, what was I thinking even in writing that down???!)

Anyway, fivepercent is now being hosted by RimuHosting, whose name is an indication that they are actually really great nerds, just the kind of folks you want managing your servers. So maybe it will be up most of the time, now :-)


  1. I took your survey – rather long – and now I’m not sure which site you will be posting on. This one or “site with no name”? Please let me know. In addition, I still maintain that you need to add light pollution to the category of “whats here to read”.
    Debra Norvil

    Comment by Debra Norvil — March 22, 2008 @ 4:28 pm

  2. Debra — thanks for your survey on the other site. Yes, it was long … sorry!

    I will continue to post here; this is my personal blog and will continue to reflect my personal views on issues, and so on. I have added a “light pollution” tag that now shows in the “tag cloud”, just for you :-)

    The other site is a work in progress, and will be where you can invite members to be part of a group doing something about what’s important to you (as long as it’s “green”). I am guessing there will be a light pollution group there pretty soon!

    I write a lot here. But it only goes a little way. Other people with passion to “do a green thing” should be able to easily, quickly and effectively gather resources and make a plan. That’s what the new site will be.

    I am making great progress and hope it will be something marginally usable pretty soon. I’ll send you and other members an email when that day draws near.


    Comment by Tom Harrison — March 22, 2008 @ 6:00 pm

  3. Hey Tom,

    Check out The are Affordable Internet Services Online and they advertise a 100% solar energy host.

    I have no affiliation with them nor do I know their costs…..just saw them on another green site.

    Good Luck!

    Comment by David — March 25, 2008 @ 1:05 pm

  4. Very cool. I have set up some large installations at data centers (unlike this one, which is, erm, currently using very little electricity :-). First, you pay the rent for the space, which is incredibly expensive since they spend so much money making it cool enough for all your servers. Then you spend money to buy the electricity to power all those computers … which generate the heat you need to spend the money to keep cool.

    Despite my recent post on how economics doesn’t really work, I will say that Intel’s low-voltage CPUs are a great way to get a significant reduction in electrical consumption. Any data center customer knows that this is a cost-effective trade-off between consumption and processing power.

    I like what AISO is doing. Still it seems to me that we should be able to find ways that the heat generated from a huge, concentrated bunch of computers could be harnessed to recover at least a little bit of energy. But just because it’s “obvious” doesn’t mean it’s easy, so kudos to AISO for their thinking. They are the kind of company that will find a way to do more, and do it profitably.

    Comment by Tom — March 25, 2008 @ 6:51 pm

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