Hosting Questions

I’m seeking clarity and experience.

Currently, I’m paying Speakeasy to host DNS, a web site, and to provide MTA services for me. I get my mail via IMAP, so they’re providing storage of mail as well. It’s more expensive than I’d like and I don’t get enough space for my mail.

Finding a solution for web and DNS is easy. Yes, you can all send me your Dreamhost referral info now. I’ll randomly select someone. What I can’t seem to get clarity on is the whole MTA thing. Dreamhost used to provide this service (I think), but they recently recommended that customers not use them as their MTA and suggest gmail as an alternative.

I’d like to have my mail hosted somewhere that provides IMAP access and isn’t in my basement and that allows me to use my own domain name. Is anyone doing this with Dreamhost or other? Has anyone worked this out with gmail, yahoo or other?

iPhone 3g has landed

I partook in the madness and waited in line. Four hours to be exact. The wait: boring, the buying experience: perfect. Less than 5 minutes to transfer my number from t-mobile. I skipped activation in the store as it appeared to be rocky. Did it from home later without glitches. First impression: amazing piece of hardware. Used it to write this post.

TE Studio now open for business

I’ll use the opportunity to announce that my new company, TE Studio, is now open for business. You may find details on what we do at There is also a blog at that I am looking to slowly populate as I move forward. The main focus of TE Studio will be something called Passive House design, a standard that is just now coming to the US from Europe, which promises to cut up to 90% of the space heating and cooling energy. It is the highest certified low energy standard available today. I look forward to your comments.

July Geek Gather

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to reaffirm the technological bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Thirst and of the Nature’s Hunger entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the consumption of strawberry lemonade.

  • Geek Gather
  • 6:30pm
  • Tuesday 2008.07.08
  • Chatterbox Cafe, Saint Paul, MN

Directions are here Google Maps if anyone needs them.