wow time flies! good luck with the bedroom re-org
Good luck! And I hope your plan works out for you! :)
Wow, quite dramatic changes in your life.
I wish you good luck! :-)
What do you plan for your open source projects? Will you still "attend" to them?
I can't imagine giving such things up, no. Even if I were besieged upon all sides by wailing bairns!
There is a lot of good things to say about Bytemark, But on every one of the 5 days since you posted you have left, my clients who use the BigV cloud service had outages. An odd coincidence.
Sadly that is just an unfortunate coincidence.
I realised the exact same as you about DNS.
I have 4 VMs (I think a couple may actually be containers) from 4 separate providers in 4 separate locations. They cost peanuts. The only time I have had problems where DNS stopped working altogether is when it was a PEBKAC problem.
I realize I'm simplifying a little, as you have to cope with glue records, and some TLDs have weird requirements.
(I think it is .it who require your nameservers respond on TCP, rather than UDP.)
The biggest potential issue is that changing the IPs of nameservers is an annoyance, so you want long-term-static IPs, and ideally you want IPv6 too.
Still of all the "Run XXX as a service" DNS has to be the simplest...
I know what you mean about paying for DNS. Many domain registration agents offer the service for free (although some are pretty poor), and there are some very good free services around - I'm currently migrating, likely temporarily, to Hurricane Electric which have a nice setup and will even show you the zone file which is great for migrating to your own setup at some point.
I'd almost forgotten Dyn were still going. They bought up the service I was using a while back and, iirc, forced everyone across to a paid service. They also kicked me off the free dynamic DNS service I was using for my dad's connection because I hadn't logged into the web site - clearly a policy for jettisoning anyone not paying. The main pain there is that most consumer ADSL routers can be configured for Dyn, but aren't flexible enough to use other services.
On a more positive note, for a hosted service for only a few domains Hurricane Electric have a nice setup with good IPv6 support, proper SPF records and reverse DNS - setting up a reverse IPv6 zone was what prompted the move so I could get Google to accept mail from me over IPv6.
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