Switching Web Hosting

As discussed last week, I’ve decided to switch my web hosting from a company located in Jakarta, to Dreamhost.com.

I’ve had a number of headaches, billing issues, downtime, horrible communication, etc, not to mention the price/benefit ratio is absurd. Here’s an example of what the Indonesian host offers:

4 GB space + 40 GB bandwidth = $45 / month
1 GB space + 15 GB bandwidth = $14 / month
100 MB space + 3 GB bandwidth = $5 / month


Dreamhost offers:

20 GB space + 1 Terabyte of bandwidth = $9.95 / month (both space and bandwidth automatically increase for free every week).

Hmmm…. tough call huh?

Also, I used a referral code and knocked off half of that price and no setup fee. (I’ve made another referral code for $50 off – “javajive” – if anyone is interested).

I’ve already uploaded everything to their servers, but things won’t actually be switched for another day or so (I hope) as I’m waiting for the old host to release the DNS. I’ve tested the majority of my work without problems, but cannot feasibly check this blog out on the new host – I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Please be aware that when they do actually move www.thejavajive.com to the new host, my site may be down for a day or two. I can always be reached via thejavajive (at) gmail (dot) com or via my flickr account.

Productivity, Organization, and Getting Things Done

Lately an overwhelming feeling of ‘things I gotta do’ has taken over my mind and my free time. I think as technology and stress continues to grow exponentially, this won’t subside anytime soon. The best solution will come from learning to cope and manage these areas. As any proud procrastinator would proclaim, it’s all too easy to shut down and ignore all of your responsibilities rather than face them head-on. (A mantra I’ve tried to leave in my past).

What is cluttering my mind? Decisions, organization, responsibilities, projects, deadlines, perpetual self-education (photography, web design, Photoshop, Illustrator, Mac stuff,), family, friends, financial planning (or lack thereof), health, fitness, reading – you know, the same as everyone else.

In an effort to help handle the many directions I’m being pulled, I’ve started making a few web resources daily stops and thought I’d share what I’ve come across.

  • Lifehacker: I think they’ve said it best: “Lifehacker makes getting things done easy and fun. Delving deep into the technoweb, Lifehacker brings back simple and totally life-altering tips and tricks for managing your information and time.” It’s continually fascinating and always contains fresh tips for ‘hacking’ all areas of your life. Every time I drop by I find at least a few new ideas for life-management. Highly recommended.
  • Ask Metafilter is an utterly absorbing project which questions ‘the hive mind’. Questions are submitted and answered by anyone, anywhere, from all walks of life – but be warned – it’ll consume hours from your schedule if you’re not careful, especially once you find the archives. Highly recommended.
  • Del.icio.us is a list of some of the most active, fresh links on the web. Once again referring to the wisdom of crowds, it often produces some great links to a variety of subject areas. On a similar note, if you haven’t gotten into social bookmarking, one that I use on a daily basis is, once again, Del.icio.us. From their site:

“Keep links to your favorite articles, blogs, music, restaurant reviews, and more on del.icio.us and access them from any computer on the web.
Share favorites with friends, family, and colleagues.
Discover new things. Everything on del.icio.us is someone’s favorite – they’ve already done the work of finding it. Explore and enjoy.”

None of these resources is new. In fact, you may wonder why I’m bothering to bring them up now. Well, it seems to me that these are the type of sites that many people would never know they always needed. If I can help to spread the word, then I’ve passed on the goodness to help combat the vicious mindjunk that hounds our modern times. In another post I’ll show more tactics I’ve learned, and how I’ve started to put them to work for me.

Did You Know?

  • Eskimos use refrigerators to keep food from freezing.
  • About 50% of Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace. This is called propinquity.
  • Due to earth’s gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 metres.
  • On every continent there is a city called Rome.
  • George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp. Ben Franklin owned a mill that made hemp paper. The US Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

Taken from “Fast Facts“.

I like that Eskimo one – puts things into perspective quite well.

Blowing Your Mind

I’ve been reading this thread on Ask Metafilter regarding one person’s search for experiences which will blow their mind. It’s amazing to see the variety of responses, and how many people cite drug-use as the sole answer. (I’m not advocating nor discrediting this, just noting).

I realize this is kind of a weird and imprecise question, but bear with me here.

Some background – I’ve done a lot of things in my short time on this planet in an attempt to further understand myself, everyone else, and generally just become a genuinely interesting and understanding human being. Not to mention have a bit of fun along the way. I’ve been around the world and seen poverty, excess, and everything in between. I’ve taken a myriad assortment of weird drugs, always safely, always with the intent of learning about the inner reaches of my mind. I’ve dabbled with reasonable success in the arts of lucid dreaming and “astral projection” (with and without drugs), keeping in mind that these are scientifically explainable aspects of consciousness and not supernatural mumbo-jumbo. In the past year or so I’ve been messing around a bit with meditation, and getting serious about it is my resolution for 2006.

So! What types of things have you done that have totally blown your mind? What sorts of things have changed the way you think, act, feel, or just your general perception of the world around you? “Expanded your consciousness “? I’m looking more for slightly offbeat things than the “when I saw my child for the first time” stuff that happens to everybody.

Some of the answers I completely agree with: studying quantum physics (c’mon I’m not just a photographer), reading ground-breaking literature, meditation (wish I had studied it further), extreme physical exertion, complete isolation, visiting the great works of man, nature’s creations (grand canyon, etc), realizing that almost every single thing around us was created by those that lived before us, studying astronomy and truly (attempting to) grasping the scope of how small we are (check out this image!), and my own personal favorite – leaving everything behind and moving to a completely new country and culture where you don’t speak the language or even think the same way as those surrounding you. It will truly change you forever.

Would you add anything to this list?

Blogging Bits: Flickr vs. WordPress vs. RSS?

I had no idea so many of you were viewing the blog via RSS, but it seems that the general consensus is that I have two separate groups of visitors – those that check out the blog and those that drop into Flickr. I’m guessing the Flickr community most likely doesn’t view the blog too often and now I see that many of you visit the blog and not Flickr – therefore, I will start posting more of ‘everything’ on both.

The majority of my photographs do revolve around Indonesia, but as I’m continually striving to improve different aspects of my photography, I venture into other subject areas. Two things I’d really like to experiment more with would be portraiture and night shooting. I picked up a book last night from Michel Comte (but resisted buying!) – and felt like a kid with a toy camera after viewing his work.

As you may have noticed (unless you read via RSS ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), I’ve started organizing this entire site by the use of more effective archives, technorati tags (fun? annoying?), categories, and an AJAX live search tool (pretty cool if you haven’t tried it). I have yet to categorize about half of the blog’s archives, but it’s on my to-do list. I have also started delving into my ‘blogger’ archives – everything from 2002-2004. I’ll move many of those old posts over to WordPress soon (although I’m definitely seeing a different side of myself in hindsight!).

To answer a few of the comments left on the previous post:

By the way, how is Smugmug working so far? Have you been able to verify the quality of the actual prints? Any impressions?

I honestly haven’t given enough time or effort into Smugmug at this point, considering I’ve already paid $100 for the “pro” account. I’ve also only uploaded a half dozen photos, so it’d be unfair for me to make any judgement at this point. I haven’t been able to view any actual prints, as I believe they only ship within the U.S. – I’ll have to have my brother order some for critique.

My usual pathway to javajive is via RSS, so if you post your photos on the blog, itย’s easier for me to enjoy ย‘em.

When I have the time, I go into the flickr site – but that is not something to do casually. Your work deserves attention, concentration.

javajive is quite possibly the best photoblog out there. Please keep up the excellent work. Baiklah!

I really appreciate your comment, Elisson, but in all honesty, the more I learn about photography, the more I’m feeling like a complete amateur. It’s almost overwhelming to see how much talent is oozing from the creative pores of the ‘net. When I view sites like Quarlo, Chromogenic, Chromasia, Top Left Pixel, Smudo, Big Empty, and File Magazine, I sometimes wonder if I should pack up and move on to another passion.

Post here. I find Flickr way to slow to load photos and rarely go back there, even though I am the admin for over a dozen groups based on Asia travel. Also, how is your Flickr Social group doing? Great idea on that one.

Interesting to hear your thoughts on Flickr. As far as Flickr being a great place to display serious work – I’m not too fond of the layout, white background, and comments – but for the community aspect and (generally) useful feedback, I’m stickin with ’em. I am admin to a few different groups, but the one to really take off has been FlickrSocial with over 2000 members. Unfortunately, I haven’t been active in the group in quite a while, and have appointed some other great people to help out as admins.

On another note, I’ve been slammed with this message every hour today:

The domain thejavajive.com (javajive) has reached 80% of its bandwidth limit.
Please contact the system admin as soon as possible.



A wonderful group of artists have given rise to a group called Utata. It was recently a Yahoo! Pick of the Day. This collaboration is the result of Catherine Jamieson’s rampant creativity. She is one of the most well known photobloggers out there – and for good reason. I highly recommend you take a moment (or an hour) to browse through her efforts.

Some of the ‘net’s most talented photographers have joined forces to display their work both on utata.org and on flickr/utata. Of course I’m self-promoting enough to display these links since I was featured today. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But in all honesty, I feel the group and the site will take our photography to a new level. I’m viewing it as a micro-community of talent from within flickr. It’s refreshing to step back and become involved with a smaller group rather than the prolific 3000 members that have become so common these days. Intimacy has its perks.

I’m in the process of going through this site a bit, and refreshing some areas that need house-cleaning. A few links are outdated, and some new ideas have sprung up in my head for better content. I’m not sure if anyone would notice – but it’s more of an act of organization for myself.