.@CloudAtCost: Initial Impressions

The low cost VPS provider CloudAtCost.com has an unconventional business model.  I don’t really believe they have a stable long-term plan, but such a small initial investment is worth a shot.

Their plans range from $1 – $80 / m and provide a virtualized environment for your online applications.

The support is nil and the above prices do not include Windows or control panel licenses.  For those not familiar with server management, I would stay away.

There are rumors that CloudAtCost suffers from poor uptime and slow performance.  Because of this I am unwilling to completely migrate my data over… but for the time being, I have experienced the opposite:


localhost:/
# ./speedtest-cli --list | grep "Phoenix"
5297) Pavlov Media (Phoenix, AZ, United States) [2944.17 km]
localhost:/
# ./speedtest-cli --server 5297
Retrieving speedtest.net configuration...
Retrieving speedtest.net server list...
Testing from KW Datacenter (167.88.42.181)...
Hosted by Pavlov Media (Phoenix, AZ) [2944.17 km]: 107.376 ms
Testing download speed........................................
Download: 67.85 Mbits/s
Testing upload speed..................................................
Upload: 32.90 Mbits/s

For the time being, I find value in the above plans.  If you’re a hobbyist who wants to learn something new, it’s worth the price of admission.

Facebook Is Manipulating You

Facebook has been emotionally manipulating you.  On purpose.

In essence, Facebook purposely manipulated the data to toy with your emotions.  The results were published in the following article: Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks

Basically the above article states the following:

We show, via a massive (N = 689,003) experiment on Facebook, that emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional contagion, leading people to experience the same emotions without their awareness.

Technically, Facebook has every legal right to do this since psychological research is covered within the scope of their Data Use Policy:

For internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.

As interesting as the article is… I can’t help but feel creeped out.  It is important to always read the fine print.  And this above all… when it comes to social networking, you’re not the customer – you’re the product being sold.