James Revillini

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If you’re reading this post, I’ve ditched Lunarpages

My web host of the past six years has finally gone super nova.  Lunarpages used to be so great – friendly, helpful, understanding.  What happened?

Every once in a while I’d log into CPanel to find new goodies, better deals, more features, more space, more transfer, etc.  I got a free domain for life at one point, and I just thought, “Damn, think about all those suckas out there who aren’t hosting with Lunarpages.”

Then the toll-free tech. support number went to toll.  “OK,” I thought, “big deal.  I have a cell phone and I don’t pay long-distance.”  Then the support line hours went from 24/7 to 9-5 M-F.  OK, not cool, but whatever – nothing was broken so I didn’t really fret.

Then something broke.  It was past their phone-in hours, so I used their support e-mail service.  After going round and round, it turned out that they’d cut a feature under the auspices that the new CPanel itself didn’t support it.  I found it hard to believe since CPanel lets you do thie thing I was trying to do – it just wasn’t taking effect.

Since that episode, little things have bean breaking from time to time.  I have to really stay on top of things to make sure it’s all running tip-top.  The tech. support isn’t bad, it’s just bad that I have to use it now quite often, and the responses are more likely to be canned or brush offs than helpful.

Finally, the last straw: they destroyed my DNS settings somehow.  I’ve read other people’s posts about this, but I’d never experienced it myself.  All of a sudden, like 6 domains I have are all pointing to lunarpages.com.  Now it’s 12 hours later and still no response from tech. support.

Sorry, but that’s not acceptable.

So the new host is dreamhost.com.  I like them so far.  The sales dept. was very knowledgeable about their product, their wiki covers all migration and technical issues … they just seem very progressive overall.  And, I got $24 off the yearly price of hosting because I went in from a link at wordpress.org’s list of recommended hosts.

I have a feeling that Lunarpages is going to need to move fast to avoid a landslide of users breaking away.  Alliances change fast on the Internet …

Killing me softly: Searchindexer.exe

Do you have a process that won’t die? Tired of searchindexer.exe calling you at home to harrass you for the rent? Do you have credit card debt?

Your solution is here! OK, what you want to do to prevent searchindexer.exe (searchprotocolhost.exe) from spawning every time some MS product loads, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Start > Run
  2. Enter ‘services.msc’ and hit Enter.
  3. Find ‘Windows Search’
  4. Punch the screen (just kidding)
  5. Double-click (on the Win Search item)
  6. Set ‘Start-up type’ to ‘Manual’.
  7. Click the ‘Stop’ button if it is enabled (because that means the service is running)
  8. Click the ‘Log On’ tab
  9. Select each hardware profile item on the list, one at a time, and click ‘Disable’ for each one.

That should stop it from running without hacking your system to bits. Now, I have to say that I have NO IDEA what this is going to do to the searchability of your MS products. I mean, if Outlook is firing it up, it must be indexing your e-mail with it or something, so who knows what effects it could have ultimately. But in the mean time, enjoy the CPU time you’ll save, which I believe translates to energy savings as well. It must, right?

If I’m wrong, educate me.

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