It looks like the company hosting RubyOnRails.com (TextDrive, now Joyent) is blocking all URLs that contain the term "site5.com" anywhere in the URL with a misleading error message (Precondition Failed). Competition is healthy, and we encourage it, but if it is their intention to do this sort of thing they should be open and honest with their customers, and the community about it. This does not appear to be limited to just the rails site either. One of our contractors is a paying TextDrive customer (http:// www.mattmccray.com/) and any link containing Site5.com that goes to his site results in a similar error message. Case in point: http://www.adamgreenfield.com/test.html http://www.adamgreenfield.com/site5.com/test.html Examples (don't work): http://forums.site5.com/showthread.php?t=6758 http://engineering.site5.com/ http://fs.site5.com/~agreenfield/test.html Examples (work) http://www.adamgreenfield.com/articles/2005/12/13/... At any rate, if TextDrive doesn't want to play fair with competing hosting companies, then we would be happy to extend the following offer to the rails project. We will offer a dedicated machine (with the operating system of your choice) for the hosting needs of the rails project: 2 x 2.8 GHz Intel Xeon EMT64 / 64 bit 4 GB DDR ECC Registered RAM 2 x 200 GB SATA 7200 RPM 8 MB cache disks 100 mbit/s uplink 1 TB data transfer (if you need more, just let us know and it shouldn't be a problem) More hosting companies offering rails based solutions is a good thing for the technology as a whole. Competition in this market will only result in the best possible situation for the consumer. If TextDrive wishes to take anti-competitive actions like this, it is my sincere hope that Rails will take their hosting elsewhere, even if elsewhere is not with us. -- Adam C. Greenfield Chief Technology Officer Site5 Internet Solutions, Inc. Phone: (888) 748-3526 x 906 E-Mail: email@example.com
on 2005-12-14 05:17
on 2005-12-14 05:58
Woow, this is really serious, I was almost going to host one of my first rails projects on textdrive. Have you contacted TextDrive about this? I can't really belive there could be any explaination... No clients of mine will be going to textdrive...
on 2005-12-14 19:09
I would _strongly_ recommend talking to somebody at TextDrive about this before throwing around accusations like this. Without doing any checking, this sounds like an overeager mod_security rule that blocks sites with a numeral in the domain. The wisdom of such a rule can be debated, but I don't think it's entirely appropriate to accuse TxD of anti-competitive practices without making an attempt to contact them about it first. Full disclosure: I am a TxD customer. AJS
on 2005-12-14 19:46
On 12/14/05, AJ Schuster <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > I would _strongly_ recommend talking to somebody at TextDrive about > this before throwing around accusations like this. Without doing any > checking, this sounds like an overeager mod_security rule that blocks > sites with a numeral in the domain. > > The wisdom of such a rule can be debated, but I don't think it's > entirely appropriate to accuse TxD of anti-competitive practices > without making an attempt to contact them about it first. Was that the rule that caused the blockage?