I’m done. I’m finished. I can’t take the stupidity anymore, so I’m leaving and I’m taking my website with me. As of Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009, T-Shirt Hell will be no more.
No, I’m not selling out to some douchebag corporate entity. No, we’re not being sued by any of the over 40 companies that have sent us cease and desists over the years. No, I’m not going to jail (yet) and no, it’s not because of the economy. Although, the recent dip in sales certainly does make the idea easier to accept, even though we still sell over 3000 shirts a week.
While I don't think I'd ever wear one of their shirts, I have found a number of them insanely funny and inappropriate. So long T-Shirt Hell, the interwebs will miss you. Well, at least some of them will.
I've been a 1&1 customer for a long time, in fact for as long as they have offered service in the US. I started out with their "free for 3 years" shared host. Since then I've upgraded through two dedicated servers, the last of which is a Rootserver III for $125/mo.
While I don't really have any problems with 1and1, I am concerned with the aging server, and a bit upset that they won't lower my monthly cost without migrating to a new cheaper and faster server. Their cheapest linux box is a dual Opteron with mirrored 250G disks, 2TB of bandwidth, and a $100 pricetag.
So farewell 1&1, if I have to upgrade to get a lower price I'm going to upgrade right out of the dedicated server space and look at moving to single or limited purpose slice type hosts. This way each project has it's own server, a measurable cost, is easy to backup, and gains some reliability. Then if I need more power, bandwidth, or processor I can just pay for more.
I do still have one dedicated server, at Server Beach, and I will hang onto it for a while. I've only had one problem with them (disk failure about week 2) and their tech support was quick, professional and even returned my calls when they said they would. They appear to suffer from the same upgrade issue as 1&1, but at least what I have meets my needs and I'm not paying more than the cheapest offering. If you happen to buy a server at the beach, be sure to include my affiliate code: RESKKTY3QB. It will save you $100!
However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, Farewell Address, Sep. 17, 1796
We hope to change that by encouraging people to refer to fish by a different name: "Sea Bacon." Everyone loves bacon, and by calling fish sea bacon we can help the world see these misunderstood creatures for what they really are: enchanting, delicious treats.
I don't know what PETA thinks this will do, but it's one of the silliest marketing campaigns I've seen them try. Declaring something as cute and branding it with a cute name doesn't change how tasty they are. Tasty tasty sea kittens.
I'll have some miso soup and a sea kitten roll please.