May 5th 2021
Gabe posts a warning this morning, to all dedicated hosts, about the spike in demand for Chia miners. They use massive CPU (and therefore power) to plot very large hard drives. They always want an SSD (this improves plotting speed). Every 1gb of HDD space "plotted" will require 15gb of writes to your SSDs, potentially burning them out. When Chia crashes this demand is likely to disappear, leaving hosts with burnt out SSDs, unwanted large hard drives, and large power commitments without a customer to pay for them. Join this new thread to read comments from other hosts and add your own experiences.
After some time away from the forum, veteran WHTer "blessen" returns and asks what tools do hosts use these days for inventory management, helpdesk/livechat support, vendor management, HR management, sales management/CRM etc. Billing software is, of course, mentioned early in the thread, along with backup tools. Whilst there are several almost-default softwares used by many hosts, it's interesting to see the number of alternatives in use out there, which may provoke some further interest and research. And what about custom in-house solutions? So what's your go-to hosting software suite?
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There seems to be a lot of news coming out from across our industry this month, so here's a few threads that you might find interesting:
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Also making the news this week, about 900 Telus customers in northern British Columbia, Canada were left without Internet last week after a beaver chewed through a crucial fibre cable, causing "extensive" damage. Telus spokesperson Liz Sauvé noted that in a "very bizarre and uniquely Canadian turn of events," crews found that a beaver chewed through the cable at multiple points. "Our team located a nearby dam, and it appears the beavers dug underground alongside the creek to reach our cable, which is buried about three feet underground and protected by a 4.5-inch thick conduit. The beavers first chewed through the conduit before chewing through the cable in multiple locations," the statement said. Of course, the WHT team were quick to let folks know on Twitter and Facebook. Do you have any animal generated incidents to share in the thread?
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