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About MegamanXGold

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  • Birthday 1985-08-29

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  • Location
    Victoria, BC Canada
  • Occupation
    Full-Time Student


  • CPU
    Intel Core i7 4770K
  • RAM
    8 GB
  • GPU
    Zotac GeForce 970 GTX, EVGA GeForce 660 GTX
  • Case
    Lian Li PC-V1000
  • Storage
    Samsung 250GB EVO SSD
  • Display(s)
    3x Acer 1080p 60hz
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  • Sound
    600w Sony 5.1 Surround System
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 10 Pro
  1. MegamanXGold

    Help Please: Building Web Server

    In case this helps someone else, here's an update on my experience with GoDaddy so far: My client only wanted 1 year of hosting, which meant the $64.99/month (CAD) was marketing, and ended up costing around $950 for the year (~$79.17 CAD, or ~$60.78 USD, or 53,93€). Out of the included storage space, 20 GB are already used. Probably with garbage I'll never use, like WordPress. It took hours to figure out that a Shared IP results in a web address like http://xx.xx.xx.xx/~identifier/ Because of the above, the DNS can't ever actually point to our site, and the forwarding options are complete garbage. To add just one Dedicated IP to our service will cost about $8.99 CAD per month, but a basic plan (on sale) for $32.99 comes with 3 Dedicated IPs... The administration panel on the site kept timing out, and it took hours before something as simple as FTP finally started working just broke itself again, no changes. Loading my html pages from the host often (every 3-4 page loads) results in a long wait time, upwards of 30 seconds, but is otherwise quick. Still, that's unacceptable for text-only documents (so far). GoDaddy's site is so bad, I kept running into user experience issues. Example: When you pay for a host, the first step you HAVE to perform is to tell it your domain name. It didn't ask if we had that domain, it didn't mention setting up DNS, it just took in what I typed and the configuration panel started working (barely). I had read that Go Daddy and many competitors offer free domains when setting up a new web host. I was googling to see if I missed any steps, or if it just takes a long time to show up, before I finally realized that we still had to buy the domain separately. I am almost ready to push for a refund, instead of asking my client to throw down another $107.88 for something that should've been free at this "Business" tier. But since I've already wasted my client's time, I can't do that without concrete alternatives. I might call Go Daddy tomorrow to discuss my issues, but we'll see. I don't want a server made for hosting blogs, it has to host HD video, and it has to do that quickly and reliably for users in North America. It has to be hosted in North America. And it has to have a predictable cost. Personal rant: Taking $1000 from anyone and offering piss-poor quality like this is unbelievable. The day was an infuriating test of my sanity and patience, and I'm not even getting paid for this nonsense anymore. This is taking up my personal time now because my paid time is required for developing the actual site. The reviewers who wrote the articles I read that said Go Daddy was any good should be jailed. /end_rant
  2. MegamanXGold

    Help Please: Building Web Server

    THANK YOU EVERYONE! My client and I had our meeting today. I discussed a lot of what was said here with them, and we ultimately agreed to start by trying GoDaddy's "Expand" option under their Business Hosting Plans. On sale for $64.99/mo (then $128.99/mo on renewal), 4 allocated CPU cores, 8 GB of RAM, unmetered traffic/bandwidth and unlimited databases. If it isn't enough for us then it looks like migrations to higher tier plans won't be difficult. I expressed specific interest in Hetzner, including the cloud option, but we needed to make a decision immediately and we both felt more confident with GoDaddy. It is possible that we might try a Hetzner cloud account at a later date just to see how the service feels and if it is worth it to move the site there - but that assumes we would have a reason to migrate before this project moves to other developers. I may try some Hetzner services in the future even if just for personal use. Thank you jake9000, I've used hyper-v in Windows Server, and I've used VirtualBox for just playing with Ubuntu occasionally. Now that I understand how esxi works, I will likely set up VMWare just for the experience. About your additional points, that's all a lot of really great info. About the Warranty, that's an extremely useful point that's very easy to forget. If we had chosen to still build a server, I would have asked for more time to investigate that option. The regular KVM switches at my school are 'hot garbage' too, so I can't even imagine using one over IP! Though I would have logged in with bash over SSH anyways. -------------- Once again I appreciate all of the help here! Definitely helped me to see reason before I had my client spend a drastic amount of money. -------------- EDIT: Right after posting this I found a Forbes article from 2012 that doesn't paint GoDaddy in too good a picture, and I never had time to look into other hosts beside Hetzner. We've already made our choice and we're going to stick with it, but if anyone finds this thread and thinks they'll choose GoDaddy too, there are more hosts to investigate that I wish I had time to look into. Here is an article that lists some of those hosts: https://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/web-hosting-services/best/ I still think, given the type of content we need to have hosted, GoDaddy was still a good choice. But not everyone has the same needs. For literally any other site I've ever made, the cloud hosting options all sound awesome. Particularly Hetzner's. EDIT 2: I marked SupaKomputa's post as the answer because renting a server was what we ended up deciding. But every answer was fantastic, and it was difficult to choose a Best.
  3. MegamanXGold

    Help Please: Building Web Server

    Thank you. I tried to use the AWS cost calculator (with the limited knowledge I have of the services and with no clue what most of the fields mean), and if the site gets the usage I expect, it could cost $750 a month or more. But ultimately the issue with cloud is the uncertainty, it could be free one month and $4000 the next. Unless there's a better cloud service, or one that it's easier to calculate costs, it isn't worth consideration. If anyone knows a concrete way to figure this out for someone who's never used the cloud before, can you share that with me please? I haven't really had any issues setting up Docker before, but I haven't used it in a production environment, just school. Kubernetes, on the other hand, I haven't touched at all. I just felt it would be necessary to familiarize myself with it because it seems to be the direction that large web servers are going, so it seemed natural to develop for that environment. SupaKomputa definitely has me questioning my logic behind that decision, and with only 3 actual weeks of real development time it likely won't matter at all what environment I develop for. A VM with nginx running as a reverse proxy and another VM with LAMP might just be the way to go. Thank you for your input! ------------- A general update on where I am For renting a server: Right now I'm just trying to gather information so that I can discuss the options with my client. I've looked a bit more into Hetzner, and will consider that. Hetzner auctions has the pro of having an actual dedicated server with large amounts of storage space, for affordable pricing. But both Hetzner and GoDaddy's managed options might suit our needs better. For building a server: This is quickly becoming an unfavourable option, for sure. Even if my client prefers this option, the highest tier of the available business internet line has a similar cost to the highest tier of hosting available from GoDaddy. But if the client chooses this route regardless... I looked at EPYC (16-core), the Xeons available from Newegg (six Kaby Lake, five Broadwell, and one Coffee Lake), four Core i7 CPUs (7700k, 8700k, 9700k, 9900k), the W-3175X, Ryzen 7, and Ryzen 5. Without factoring in the cost of the platforms, and relying on PassMark scores at cpubenchmark.net, I came to these conclusions: No surprise to anyone, ever, the W-3175X wins on pure performance overall, and specifically in Multi-threaded. The 9900k wins on single-threaded performance, and takes second-place in multi-threaded (at 51.72% of the W-3175X). The winner of performance per dollar for single-threaded was the Coffee Lake Xeon E-2124. The winner of performance per dollar for multi-threaded was the Ryzen 5 2600. Reasonably well-balanced for performance vs value seems to be either Ryzen 7 2700X, and 9700k. The closest compromise for Xeon, for me, is probably the E3-1275 v6 which, at least, has integrated video to make first-time set up and maintenance a bit more convenient. It has 81.33% of the single-thread score versus the 9900k, and multi-thread score is 28.19% versus the 9900k's 51.72%. Worst performance per dollar, before factoring in platform which just makes it worse, is the W-3175X, then EPYC, then the E5-2660 v4. So if we still build a server, we will probably just forget ECC RAM, and go with a consumer desktop rocking either Ryzen 7 2700X or a 9700k. Leaning towards the 9700k with a Gigabyte Aorus board of some flavour, or a 3rd gen Ryzen if that's practical and possible to get. tl;dr: Cloud pricing seems unpredictable or hard to calculate, and I'd appreciate help sorting that out for my client. But we'll probably be lame and stick to GoDaddy, or build a consumer grade system as a server with a gen 3 Ryzen or a 9700k, using nginx as reverse proxy VM and LAMP as main server VM.
  4. MegamanXGold

    Help Please: Building Web Server

    Is the file storage server for making regular back-ups? 30% per container sounds crazy. Are you saying that if Kubernetes decides to open a fourth container that the whole physical machine will crap the bed? Or just that each container is 30% slower than it would be if it ran on 4 physical machines? I'm starting my second year of College in September. Anything I can set up to be automatic is a must. If something fails, I need it to get shut down and replaced on-the-fly without my intervention. I will not be paid for servicing or maintenance the second my first day of classes start. Kubernetes seems to be a solution that can do that. My client is not the leader of a company, and so resources are limited. But there are three possibilities: 1. The server I build and the site I develop only ever serves the 50 users. 2. The higher-ups say "that's great" and needs to relocate everything I've done for further development or to be redeployed immediately on hardware I will never know anything about. 3. The higher-ups say "that's great", opens it up to thousands of users in its current state while I'm in school, and suddenly they have to hire someone else to make the existing server handle that... I am documenting everything as well as a 1st-year software engineering college student knows how. If my client can hire someone else, then I need to know that that person can scale it easily without any additional input. If they have to troubleshoot because my documentation missed one thing that could have been avoided by using a Docker image, then doesn't that just make me look bad? So far, assuming I still build this server instead of renting one, the specs will be: AMD Epyc or Intel Xeon 16 to 64 GB ECC RAM Samsung 970 Enterprise SSD Thank you so much! Your continued input is invaluable.
  5. MegamanXGold

    Help Please: Building Web Server

    Some more information: I have a hard deadline of August 15th to completely develop the site with a working database and ability for my client to upload video and audio files which will be shared with his users. Sadly, with my time constraints, I need to make a decision and live with it. Currently my project will max out at 50 users, but it may get moved to an existing larger server with thousands of users, and I will no longer be the developer if this happens. I have to guess what that server is like because my client doesn't have access to that information (large company). It is my understanding that Kubernetes and Docker are rather industry standard. Everything I develop has to be capable of being moved. Cloud services, instead of building a server, are not out of the question but I have zero usable experience there. And unpredictable costs will not fly. --------------- Assuming I still build my own server, but make it a single Linux box running two Ubuntu Server VMs, one using Kubernetes/Docker for web serve and the other strictly be the database, what hardware could I go with? Should I be rocking a Ryzen 5 with 16 gigs of ECC RAM? Or should I stick to a Xeon platform? SSD for the reverse proxy cache and WD Red drives for large video file storage? What kind of drive is most appropriate for a DB? @Jarsky It's good to know that there's the option to use VMWare for free commercially for one machine. @SupaKomputa For LAMP vs Docker, I'm a little confused by your comments. Unless I am mistaken, Docker enables running containers, and Kubernetes controls Docker containers so that I can scale or load balance based on concurrent connections. So I would run an instance of Apache with PHP in a container, and if that container is getting overloaded then Kubernetes can automagically run a new container with Apache to support those connections. I don't really expect the database would ever need to run multiple dockerized instances. I have read conflicting information that Apache can handle tons of connections versus Apache with PHP can only handle one connection at a time. I have to be 100% certain that if 49 users are streaming video or are all interacting with an element that uses PHP to access the database, that a 50th user wouldn't even notice a speed loss. Would a single bare-bone LAMP still perform better than Kubernetes controlling load balancing? For cloud, I can't risk the cost going from $10 one month, to $4000 the next. I don't see a way to be 100% certain that I can say to my client "it will cost you this much to do what you need". Is there a way to find that out? Keep in mind, I don't actually know how many services with AWS, Google, or Cloudflare I would need, or even which services give me what I need (I assume for AWS it would be CloudFront, S3, and RDS). I would probably have to start a new topic for those questions. For renting a server, what would the benefit be there versus something like GoDaddy.com? I have no idea who Hetzner are. I already have reservations about asking my client to upload confidential files to a cloud, so I don't think I'll be asking him to trust a server on another continent that I know nothing about. ------------- I know I'm asking a lot of questions, and there's a lot to digest here. It would definitely help if I had a better idea of what I need. So your feedback really helps! Thank you
  6. MegamanXGold

    Help Please: Building Web Server

    Those are both very good questions, thank you. @SupaKomputa Is it really that much better a solution than my client buying their own hardware? Honestly, because I'm familiar with Linux and hosting some simple web services myself. I've seen AWS at a distance, but I don't know if I have time to learn all that. My experience with AWS is the instructor showing us his AWS Services on a projector. We weren't tested on any of that. If I go with cloud then I really don't know what the costs involved are, and if it ends up being free then what's the catch? I'm a bit skeptical. How easy is it to screw something up with a cloud service? I have experience with setting up web services on docker with firewalls from my first-year classes. If I put in the wrong setting on some cloud server setting and every video file goes open to anyone typing in its URL, then that would be really bad for me. But am I just being dumb not to go with cloud? @Jarsky It is my impression that having a separate physical server for the database is just good practice. Of course there would be regular back-ups, though, and I can't really justify that more than it just feels safer in terms of hardware failure risk. Also, I would hope that I could build a second (db only) server for less than the price of the VMWare business license ($576.96 USD), unless there's a solution that doesn't have license fees for business.
  7. MegamanXGold

    Help Please: Building Web Server

    Greetings. I need help deciding on hardware for a server I have to build. The plan so far is this: Internet <-> Node 1 <-> Node 2 Node 1 Firewall -> Kubernetes / Docker -> Reverse Proxy -> Apache or nginx Node 2 Firewall -> MySQL (only responds to requests directly from Node 1, MySQL might also run in containers) This server will be used to host a proof-of-concept for my client, and is not a permanent solution, but it needs to be as secure as possible and scale up to 50 simultaneous users which could potentially all be accessing video (8000-12000 bitrate). Both nodes will be running Linux, probably Ubuntu Server. I will be accessing the server nodes remotely through SSH, and Node 2 should physically only be connected to Node 1 directly. But if the server becomes unresponsive and requires on-site access, I suppose I will need a cheap video solution for that. I will probably try to build the two computers into a single case, but I'm very open to suggestions. I do need to save on money as much as possible. To start with the server will likely be on a consumer 600 Mb connection, but might move up to a business grade line later if we start maxing out the connection or if the ISP complains. Ultimately, my client is aware that I am a first-year college student, but this is a serious project. I want the right hardware for the job and don't want to just go picking things at random. Any input on where I can start? Thank you in advance.
  8. MegamanXGold

    Floatplane Quality Options Suggestion

    My suggestion is to eliminate 360p and 720p and have these options: 4k (High) 1080p (High) 1080p (Normal) 480p (High) 480p (Normal) Audio Only Normal modes could have bitrates that are similar to YouTube bitrates, which can help promote the default "High" quality levels.
  9. MegamanXGold

    Double charged for Floatplane (can't find support forum)

    None of that is actually on the Floatplane page, though, where I would have expected it. LMG treats Floatplane as a separate entity, so the thought of Floatplane support being on the LTT forum at all was a stretch in my mind (I forgot Floatplane started on the forums because I've never used it here). Which is probably why I had trouble spotting it. I absolutely NEVER would have looked at the bottom of the LTT Forums for Floatplane support... that's like looking at the bottom of Google Circles (lol) for YouTube support. Thankfully the community here is amazing, and you were all willing to put up with me. My problem has since been completely solved by the amazing support team at Floatplane, and I can't express my appreciation enough.
  10. MegamanXGold

    Double charged for Floatplane (can't find support forum)

    Thank you! You're a life-saver. I guess I just suck at finding stuff here.
  11. MegamanXGold

    Movies higher than 1080P

    Off-topic, as this is about 3D not 4k: I've been buying 3D Blu-rays despite not having a 3D screen because I figured I would get 3D some day. I plan on getting into VR at some point, and thought I would buy a Blu-ray drive for my PC to watch the movies in a virtual theatre. I still want to do that. 3D just wasn't handled very well. When I worked in retail, there was a surge of interest for 3D in my area AFTER the industry started to give up on it. During Christmas buying season one year, not a day went by that customers came in excited about the great deal they got on a 3D BD Player or 3D TV only to find out we got rid of our 3D BD movie section. Also, 3D TVs didn't get to the point they should have been until the end. We had an LG 4k TV that had interlaced polarization for 3D, and every customer with doubts about 3D changed their mind when I demoed that TV. Especially since I was able to prove that replacing the 3D glasses was as easy as taking home the RealD 3D glasses from our local Cineplex theatres (I had several at work in case more than one customer wanted to see it at the same time). Yes, I did sell several of those TVs because of this, and I did not make commission.
  12. I can't find a support section on Floatplane, and I can't find an appropriate-sounding forum here either. If a mod can move this thread to the appropriate forum, I appreciate that, and I'm sorry for the inconvenience. My old Floatplane subscription had been glitched for a while, saying it was expired but still charging me each month and still letting me watch the videos, so I just let it be. But then I logged in one day and couldn't see the videos anymore. Knowing they've been tweaking things and changed how transactions are processed, I figured the "expired" subscription was actually closed and that I wouldn't be charged for not being able to watch the videos. So I subscribed again. I looked at my Visa bill today and realized I've been charged for FLOATPLANE MEDIA INC. twice on the same day (with two different US exchange rates) and I wasn't credited back for either of them. I went and checked my Subscriptions on Floatplane, and I see that I have two subscriptions for Linus Tech Tips. I did not remove one in case it leaving it that way helps the Floatplane developers troubleshoot and fix any bugs, but I would very much appreciate being refunded for the offending subscription (whichever one was incorrectly charged). Thank you
  13. MegamanXGold

    Multiplayer Games For Older Gamers 21+

    As a 32 year-old gamer, once-obsessed but now filthy-casual with a hint of retro-speedrunner ... when I DO play a multiplayer game, I still mute everyone and do my own thing. Unless I'm playing with people on a couch beside me, I just don't care what anyone else wants me to do. I just want to play and have fun, not listen to everyone curse at each other or talk about drama in their lives. That being said, I would assume co-op modes in strategy games would demand a more logical thoughtful bunch. Been a while since I played StarCraft 2, but games like that maybe?
  14. The Steam Input additions I think are noteworthy on the latest Steam Client Beta update. Curious if it includes Rock Band/Guitar Hero controllers, but probably no Move-accessory support. Steam Client Beta Update changelog:
  15. Audeze Mobius 3D spatial audio membrane headphones https://www.audeze.com/products/mobius-series/mobius-headphone Similar to the Ossic X, but obtainable and not shut down. (I wanted to search the forum to see if this was suggested before, but I can't find a search link anywhere...)