Recommend a reliable, low cost/low end web server
The internet connection in my rented office was just upgraded to a static IP at no extra cost by the landlord. They told me it was OK to run a low bandwidth server off of it. I see co$t $avings, as I can punt my shared Linux server a $30/mo.
"I can punt my shared Linux server a $30/mo."
I highly recommend getting an UPS for two reasons:
A typical PC + UPS will run for about twenty minutes on a UPS. A laptop can run for three hours if the battery is good.
You won't be able to get a laptop with a battery life long enough to have the server running when you go to the office in the monning after it's shut down at night, so just go for a UPS that will stay up long enough to do a shutdown.
Stephen, tut tut
Yeah, do not rely on a laptop to run 24/7. If you do run off a laptop, keep the screen up! A lot of laptops the keyboard is a primary area where heat escapes. If you disable the sleep and put the screen down, you are asking for an overheat (it will happen, alarmingly quickly)
If you buy an old laptop chances are the battery will have all of 10 mins. life left. Calculate the purchace of a new battery in the price.
Just me (Sir to you)
How reliable is your electritiy wher you live? I think your internet access being down is much more likely.
If you're going to have the machine live on the Internet, make a point of setting up automatic updates to catch the latest patches, or run the server off of OpenBSD, the OS of choice for the paranoid. Whenever I've set up a Redhat machine on the network without the automatic updates, it has been compromised within a matter of a day or two. Worse yet, it's always been through the bind server. Needless to say, I do not have a high opinion of the quality of that particular piece of software.
Guys, thanks for the general ideas. Ok, my thought was that a laptop would buffer any power outage, but I didn't think it through on total capacity.
The most expensive task is system management. I use http://www.ev1servers.net, good service, prices start from $99
Evgeny Gesin /Javadesk.com/
I could not do with a cheapo web host account so I was paying US$50.00 a former employer and that was the wholesale price. A cohort mentioned something like no-ip.com as I did not want to pay what I considered highway robbery for a static IP number. I've been using no-ip.com for over a year now. I also use their email reflector so I can run my own mail server and get around the blocks my provider (RR)has in place. Like many here I've got boxes of old parts (motherboards, etc) and I just used one of the boxes I build from those parts. Been running like a charm. I got a good case though so it makes no noise. If my IP number changes a daemon will notify no-ip.com to update DNS. I've had no troulbe at all. I usually get uptimes of 30-40 days before the power goes off or someone accidentally pulls the plug. It uses RedHat but I'm going to switch it to Debian. I use Debian (KDE) as my workstation and I MUCH prefer Debian and I've heard some guys have a sever version of Debian that I'm going to try. So now my BroadBand is "free" since I don't pay hosting any more and of course that same connection is shared with others in the house via wireless.
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