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Want faster broadband, move to Finland

Everyone wants faster broadband and complains that it is too slow – with valid reason. The average broadband speed in the UK is a lousy 2mbps.

If you live in a town or city, you may have fibre optic in your area. However for most of us in the UK we are stuck (and probably will be for a long time) with a dated copper network. A network that was never designed to cope with broadband.

Want faster broadband … Move to Finland

By next year the Finland Government have made it law that every house must have atleast 1mbps boradband. However by 2015 every house will have 100mbps broadband. Just think, by 2015, the average in the UK could be as high as 3mbps. I think we are in the wrong country.

Lets just hope the new Lib/Con government in the UK will follow the Fins.

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web hosting calendar Posted: July 5th, 2010

Google quit windows and join the Apple camp

MacRumors  have reported that Google have decided  phase out the use of Windows computers for their staff.

This move comes after news in January that hackers successfully broke into Google via exploiting a security venerability inside Windows Explorer.

“We’re not doing any more Windows. It is a security effort,” said one Google employee.

Instead, Google are giving new members of staff the option between Mac or Linux based computers. Microsoft Windows has always been seen as the operating system for business. With reports such as this  - will there be are other big hitters moving over to the Mac camp?

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web hosting calendar Posted: June 3rd, 2010

Monthly Newsletter arriving in your inbox 1st June

As from the 1st of June 2010 we will be running a monthly newsletter sent direct to your email inbox. The newsletter will be sent out on the 1st of each month.

What’s in it for me?

Our new newsletter will provide a great way for you to stay up to date with the latest news and goings on direct from AGL Host. We will also include customers only special offers and refer a friend offers.

Each month our newsletter will  include a ‘Tip of the month’ this will feature handy tips and advice to help you use your hosting to its fullest potential.

In addition to this, we will also feature a website of the month. Each month we will feature a website which is hosted within the AGL Host network. As a webmaster it will be a great area for you to tell the community about your website and why people should visit your site.

If you would like to apply to be on our ‘Site of the month’ feature, please contact us telling us about your website (please include your website address) in less than 200 worlds. Apply to be ‘Site of the month’.

Is it optional?

Yes, we respect your privacy – if you do not wish to receive our newsletter you will be able to instantly unsubscribe at any time.

Check your inboxes on June 1st for our new newsletter!


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web hosting calendar Posted: May 26th, 2010

Run Linux and windows side by side, a free solution

If you have read this blog before you would have noticed several of our Windows rants.

In our office our file server is about to give up the ghost, so it is time to upgrade before the server finally dies. At the moment our file server is running windows 2003, it does the job however we would like to move away from Windows and replace it with a Linux box which would offer us greater stability.

This causes a problem ….

The file server is also used by our website development team to test websites in various versions of IE before we launch them (IE tester is a great free program for this). With Linux we would be unable to test websites in IE/ various other applications which require a windows platform for testing. Yesterday we came across a great free solution which lets us run our Linux file server and windows together.

Our file server will run a Linux distribution, most likely Ubuntu. On top of that we found a great open source app called Virtual Box. Virtual Box enables you to install several virtual operating systems on top of your base operating system. So in our case, Linux will provide the base operating system for the server, and a Windows XP install will be made ontop of  the Linux OS which will provide us with testing capabilities.

There are several other free virtual operating system/VPS alternatives out there, Xen, WMware. However Virtual box is a great alternative to run Linux and windows side by side.

For more information enter ‘virtualbox’ into your favourite search engine

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web hosting calendar Posted: April 20th, 2010

Cheap VPS Hosting UK

We are pleased to announce of VPS hosting soft launch.

Over the last month we have been building a fast reliable VPS hosting platform. We currently have a limited number of accounts available.

The Details:

  • Windows 2003 Pre-installed (Linux available on request)
  • UK based servers (located in Telehouse London)
  • Dedicated IP  (Extra IP’s also available)
  • Gigabit network.
  • Ideal for web hosting or gaming
  • AGL Host UK Office based unlimited tech support
  • Prices start from £20 per month
  • HDD and RAM allocations as per request.

For more information and a quote, please contact us – or give us a call: (+44) 01327 352124


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web hosting calendar Posted: April 19th, 2010

Why a longer domain name is not a bad idea

When it comes to choosing a domain name for your website, most people follow the simple rule – keep it short and simple. The assumption is that shorter domain names are easier to remember. It is considered that longer domain named will get forgotten. While this could be the case, there is still a very strong argument for selecting a longer domain name.

SEO Benefits

We all want our website to appear at the top of the major search engines for your desired keywords. Having a longer domain name will help this. Search engine spiders love lots of text with keywords. The more relevant text that your website contains the better. This is also a similar case with domain names.

If you company offers pc repair, instead of picking a domain name such as jons-pcrepair.co.uk. A longer domain name with more keywords in will help you appear more in google etc. If you target market is local businesses, you may consider jons-pcrepair-northampton.co.uk. With this longer domain name your website may appear for the keyword pc repair and pc repair northampton.

Stand out from the crowd

All domain names are typically similar lengths, if you have a longer keyword rich domain name, you may stand out more. When you are looking at a list your eyes instinctively look at the odd one out, the one which stands out from the crowd. If all your competitors have similar length domain names and yours is much longer, in website directories etc you will naturally stand out. The same argument could also be made for very short domain names.

Not always hard to remember?

Picking a long domain name does not have to be harder to remember. If you pick keywords which naturally appear in a sentence will make the name easier to remember. For example, if you are a car leasing website, a longer domain name such as bobs-cacontracthirereading.co.uk even tough this is a longer domain name, it is still easy to remember

Conslusion

A shorter domain name still has advantages. However this blog post poses several new arguments which you may want to consider when registering your next domain. A longer domain name is no longer a no-no. Why not play about with your domain name ideas using our online domain checker.


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web hosting calendar Posted: March 10th, 2010

Browser tester – Adobe Browser Labs

Adobe have recently released a great new free service for web developers. The new service, named Adobe Browser Labs enables web developers to test their website in all major internet browsers and all operating systems.

We had a quick play with this new service earlier today and were very impressed. The onion effect which allows you to overlap one browser on-top of another was very handy. The support for all major IE, firefox and safari versions will be very handy.

This resource should be very useful for web developers – we will defiantly be using it. A handy alternative to running a testing server in the office.

For more information, check out the video below:

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web hosting calendar Posted: January 21st, 2010

Wouldn’t the world be a better place without windows?

Microsoft’s windows operating system has dominated the market in recent years. However recent market analysis is starting to indicate that Mac is catching up – but still a long long way to go!

It can be argued that people are starting to move over towards macs. The daily mail recently reported that macs are seen by the middle classes as a ‘must have’ brand.  Apple argue that the appeal of a mac is that ‘it just works’. At AGL Host, we are big mac fans. In our office we are a Microsoft free zone, all computers are macs and our internal file servers are linux. The only Microsoft product in use is their latest edition of Microsoft office, which is currently being used a a drinks coaster by our graphics designer. The argument that a mac just works from our experience is true. We find that you can work more productively on a mac since you dont have worries about crashing, viruses and spyware.

So this raises the argument. Would the would be a better place without windows?

Yes …

People would have much more stable computers.

and servers? Linux has already won the data centre war, with offers of lower costs and increased stability.

But on a positive, Microsoft have managed to finally fix the blue screen of death crashing issue. BBC radio 1 last week reported that the company have now replaced it with a completely different ‘black screen of death’ – a issues many windows 7 users have been complaining about.

If you have 5 mins free, its well worth checking out the youtube video of when Microsoft first showed the world windows 98:

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web hosting calendar Posted: December 8th, 2009

Apple Magic Mouse

The Mighty Mouse is no more, we expect many apple fans will be very pleased to hear this news. The Mighty mouse was often slated by users. From personal experience we found the mighty mouse had a poor right click, and a scroll wheel which was always sticking and clogging up – so the replacement could not have come soon enough.

The replacement for the Mighty Mouse is named the Magic Mouse – bit of a odd choice of name?

To show you what the magic mouse is like, please view the youtube video below:

At AGL Host one of our members of staff, chris upgraded to the magic mouse last weekend. Thoughts so far is that is is a great mouse.

The Magic Mouse is very comfortable to use for long periods of time, and have a very accurate sensor. The new ability to use finger gestures makes working even easier. The mouse does not have any buttons or a scroll wheel, instead the whole surface of the mouse acts as the left and right click. Also, you can run your finger up and down the mouse to act as a scroll wheel. As with all apple products, the mouse has a very good quality feel and is pleasing to the eye.

A CNET review of the magic mouse claimed that logitech’s alternative was better, however their offering has a very plastic look and is shaped for use only for right handers  - so left handed people cant use the mouse. Whereas with the magic mouse, both left handers and right handers can easily get to grips with this mouse.

Our view on the new Apple Magic Mouse – 10/10.

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web hosting calendar Posted: November 5th, 2009
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