We’ve upgraded from a shared hosting plan to a virtual private server. A nice side effect of this transition is that the blog will have guaranteed cpu resources. So things should be a bit snappier. I’ll also have a shell login so I can play with Ruby for Rails or anything else that strikes my fancy.
The primary reason for the switch, however, was so that we can gain control of our DNS zone files. This will allow us to do to cool things:
1) use Google Apps for domains to host @linuxgems email (goodbye backup concerns) and
2) set up SPF records to prevent modern email systems from accepting email that doesn’t legitimately originate from our servers. (goodbye spammers)