Today I have accepted a new and challenging position after a series of gruelling, demanding interviews and in depth technical tests. My new role is working for Dreamhost as a BMC Patrol Monitor Agent.

My key responsibilities are as follows:

  • Write a blog article offline using Performancing.
  • Post draft.
  • Preview article in WYSIWG format on the blog.
  • Blog is slow and unresponsive.
  • ssh to Dreamhost server which is slow and unresponsive.
  • Run ‘w’ to determine load average which is slow and unresponsive.
  • Raise ticket with Dreamhost technical support.
  • Wait for a period of time.

The performance problem is ‘resolved’. Perm any one from:

  1. ‘Denial of Service attack’ - now resolved by firewall configuration
  2. ‘Users in breach of Terms of Service - accounts now cancelled
  3. ‘Users producing abnormal heavy load’ - now migrated to another server
  4. Machine was recently rebooted that should solve problem

Repeat whole pointless exercise the next time. Repeat ad infinitum.

So anyone with any recommendations for a reliable hosting provider capable of hosting a low bandwidth personal WordPress blog, please make themselves known.

I’m really starting to regret leaving the warm, cozy, uncomplicated world of hosted