In preparation for the site relaunch, I recently setup a hosting account with ASPnix. As a result I now have hosting contracts with 4 companies. (I use Midphase for all PHP hosting needs, Webhost4life, ServerIntellect and ASPnix for ASP.NET hosting). Ideally after the launch I will probably terminate my contract(s) with Webhost4life.

So far ASPnix has been a decent host aside for two issues:

1) No Phone Support

Not having phone support is a big negative for me since I normally like to try and get things resolved over one phone call instead of typing out an e-mail and waiting for a response and then possibly having to go back and forth over e-mail just to get a simple problem resolved. ASPnix makes up for this by providing stellar e-mail support.

2) No Custom Errors

Unless you have a VPS account, ASPnix shared server sites are setup at the machine.config level to not display the error messages. So if you plan on using their server as a development server plan on implementing a way to capture or display these error messages. (I’ve been trying to get ELMAH to work since I didn’t have much luck with the application blocks from Microsoft.)

No ID address mark was found on the floppy disk

The best error message I received in August was “No ID address mark was found on the floppy disk.”

Not a very nice error when your client has some critical work on a floppy disk. In fact, a very bad error when most online search results indicate that there were no easy ways of recovering the data. As always, these are the worst times to bring up discussions such as the use of the floppy disk or saving critical work in only one location.

Anyways, the only way I was able to recover the data was by using BadCopyPro – an excellent utility recommended by Mike Y. and created by Jufsoft.

Temple University Football

Mike Gibson has just posted a quick primer on Temple’s opening football game at the University of Buffalo. For the longest time since I can remember, I’ve always been a soccer fan. Growing up in Zambia, it was ‘the’ game to watch. In fact, I only started watching football after I moved to Philadelphia. A close friend of mine currently living in Texas started this small ‘Eagles’ vs. ‘Cowboys’ rivalry which slowly helped me get into the sport. However, I’m not the person you want to turn to when it comes to reciting game statistics or rules. I wasn’t standing outside waiting for EA Sports’ Madden NFL 2007 either. Nevertheless, the energy behind the game, especially at a university level is amazing. Reading through some of the pages on 2006 Temple University Football Media Guide, you get a sense for how much has changed or will change in the years to come. I’m not sure if I can post the contents of the first page of the media guide, so I’ll only list 4 items that may amaze you at how much happens at the university level:

– Temple plays in a $512-million stadium with the largest home seating capacity of any MAC program (68,532)

– Temple is a program that leads the MAC with 10 current players in the NFL.

– Temple has a strength and conditioning coach that won the 1998 National Strength Coach of the Year Award.

– Temple has teamed with one of the world’s premier providers of sports apparel. Adidas got a glimpse into the future of Temple football and signed a deal to become the team’s official outfitter. The Owls join UCLA, Tennessee and Notre Dame in the Adidas football family.

If you take a second to read through the media guide you may leave with a new perspective of Temple University Football. As for the games ahead, keep an eye on Mike Gibson’s blog.

Firefox Crop Circle

Earlier this month there were a bunch of news reports about students who decided to honor Firefox by creating a crop circle of the Firefox logo.

Below, is visual proof of the crop circle but the real news is that a Temple University student, Matt Shichtman, actually worked on the circle. Apparently he spent the Summer interning as a documentary filmmaker for Mozilla. Cool!

Firefox Crop Circle

Related Links:

Behind the Scenes: The Firefox Crop Circle

Take Back the Field