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GSuite Free Legacy: No Longer Free

Tags: , , Date/Time: January 19, 2022 @ 1:16 pm, by raindog308

GmailIf you had a grandfathered GSuite free legacy account, it’s time to say goodbye.

Google says:

“If you have the G Suite legacy free edition, you need to upgrade to a paid Google Workspace subscription to keep your services. The G Suite legacy free edition will no longer be available starting July 1, 2022.”

Note that this does not apply to @gmail.com emails.
To be fair, Google has been allowing people to grandfather their GSuite accounts for 16 years, so people have already gotten a lot of free service.

Microsoft Acquires Activision

ActivisionNews broke after market close yesterday that Microsoft is acquiring Activision Blizzard.

The acquisition puts many gaming franchises into Microsoft’s hands, including Call of Duty, Warcraft/StarCraft, Diablo, Tony Hawk, Candy Crush, and many others.

In recent years, Activision has grown its revenue and is generating healthy profits: $9B a year.  Globally, the gaming market will continue to expand.

Microsoft (NYSE:MSFT) is paying a premium at $95/share ($74 billion) though analysts feel the valuation is reasonable.  Less cash on hand, the true price is $68 billion.  Microsoft is paying for an enterprise that is making 13% on this money ($9bn a year), and that doesn’t factor in growth or eliminating redundancies.

Microsoft also has the opportunity now to leverage Activision to make Xbox-exclusive content to drive hardware sales.  Even Xbox-first or Xbox-premium content will assist.

Goldman Sachs says “Microsoft stated it see opportunities to be a key player in the future metaverse era.”  While the “metaverse era” is presently somewhere between a pipe dream and an acid flashback, the move does position Microsoft to instantly be a leader in gaming.


Painless Removable Media Backups…to the Cloud!

Tags: , , , , , , Date/Time: January 17, 2022 @ 3:53 pm, by raindog308

USB CloudDo you still use USB thumb drives?  Flash or SD or MicroSD cards?  Portable hard drives?

Even in this age of ubiquitous cloud, there’s still a ton of bits and bytes being carried around in people’s backpacks, for a variety of reasons.  IT folk need portable media for those crash-cart, no-network situations where they have to perform CPR on a server or switch.  Others use portable drive for alternate boot environments (e.g., Bootcamp on a Mac).  People working with digital media often have a “working set” of files they’re currently working on, or depending on what they’re doing they may have their entire portfolio on one volume.  Some of this can be archived in the cloud but current projects sometimes demand more storage than a laptop can spare.  And not everyone is in cloud all the time in all locations.

Additionally, in this era of single-card systems, Micro-SD cards are everywhere.  When is the last time you backed up your Raspberry Pi?  If you’re doing some work that would be painful to recreate, are you confidant that you can easily recover from a backup?

In this tutorial we’re going to show you a way to make external media backups as painless as possible.  Our goal is simple: plug it into a USB interface and the backup is automated.  As the user, you don’t have to do anything other than plug the device in – no running of a script or clicking a button.  You plug it in, the backup happens, it goes to your cloud vault, and you’re notified when the backup is done and it’s safe to unplug.

How?  Read more!


Netcetera: Up to 50% off First Month on Cheap Dedi Servers! Starting at £32.50 First Month in the Isle of Man!

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Netcetera is back! We last had an offer for them on just before Halloween 2021.

This time they’re bringing us some cheap dedi servers, starting at £32.50 for the first month.  All systems are in the Isle of Man.  Some are as much as 50% off for the first month and all offer nice features, so if you’re looking for a long-term relationship in the IOM and want to save a bit on the deal, read on!

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Netcetera is registered in Isle of Man. Their Terms of Service is available on their web site. They accept Credit Card, Paypal, Crypto.

Here’s a little about Netcetera in their own words:

“Formed in 1996, Netcetera is one of Europe’s leading Web Hosting service providers, with customers in over 75 countries worldwide.

“As the premier provider of Datacentre Co-location, Cloud Hosting, Dedicated Servers and Managed Web Hosting Services in the UK, Netcetera offers an array of services designed to more effectively manage IT infrastructures. Our state-of-the-art data centre environment enables Netcetera to offer your business enterprise level co-location and hosted solutions.

“Providing an unmatched value for your budget is the driving force behind our customer service and managed infrastructure services. From our 16,000 square foot ISO27001 certified Data Centre facility located in the Isle of Man, we are able to deliver solutions that meet the needs of businesses of all sizes – through our expert IT personnel along with well defined ISO9001 processes to deliver reliable, cost-effective services. From single server to fully customized data center suites, we can provide companies the IT solutions they need to focus on their core business instead of managing servers, networks and firewalls often at a significant cost savings.”

The LEB community thrives on reports from our readers about the companies they patronize, so please comment below about your experience with Netcetera.

Now read more to see the offers!


LowEndDivorce Poll: Why Have You Broken Up With Providers in the Past?


At first, it was true love.

The storage screamed, CPUs leapt to process your commands, and the network made you feel like you were in the datacenter.  You raved to your friends.  You recommended…sometimes without an affiliate code even!

But then there was an outage.  A double-billed invoice.  You opened a ticket to ask a question and got a brusque, borderline rude response.

Soon you realized things just weren’t the same.  And then one afternoon, an offer on LowEndBox caught your eye and you decided it was time to move on.  Cancellation Type?  Immediate.  Reason for Cancellation?  Don’t get me started.

So of the services you have used in the past, which of the following reasons was the cause for your breakup?  Mark as many as you like, but let’s base it on your actual experiences not what you might do in a hypothetical.

What are the main things that cause a LowEndDivorce?  Let’s find out!

Which of the following have been grounds for divorce in the past (your ACTUAL EXPERIENCE)?

DigitalOcean Shares Plunge 9% on High Volume

Tags: , , , , , Date/Time: January 15, 2022 @ 1:33 am, by raindog308

DigitalOcean Stock Price

DigitalOcean (NYSE:DOCN) shares dropped 9% today.  Volume was more than double normal.

It’s been a rough season for DO.  Shares today traded for as cheap as $59/share – well off the stock’s highs above $130/share only two months ago.

The reason for the plummeting valuation is not clear.  Some possibilities:

  1. DigitalOcean was overpriced.  It may still be overpriced.  The company is losing 28 cents a share on a 6.3B market cap.
  2. Investors generally loathe the “take on debt to buy back stock” approach to financial engineering.  It’s generally a cash out option that rewards owners at the expense of the long-term health of the company.  DigitalOcean announced this move recently.
  3. Motley Fool speculates it’s a reaction to announced Amazon and Microsoft moves in the cloud space.

Little Creek Hosting: 4GB RAM Virtuozzo w/2TB of Bandwidth for Only $3.50/Month!

Little Creek HostingLittle Creek Hosting first appeared in our community back in July 2020 though they’ve been in the game for a lot longer. You can read more about their history in the first offer we posted for them.

They just posted an offer back on January 4th for a 4GB Virtuozzo system in Durham, North Carolina starting at $3.50/month with 2TB of bandwidth per month.  80GB of NVMe disk, too and 4 cores!  Pretty beefy package that’d cost $20/month or more at many places.

Check out the LowEndTalk thread for all the details!

QuantumCore: 1GB VPS in Sydney, Australia for Only One Australian Dollar ($1 AUD) Per Month!

Tags: , , , , Date/Time: January 12, 2022 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

Quantum CoreJust a sec…hold on…okay, I’m back. Was just watching for shooting stars on the QuantumCore home page.

They’re an Australian hosting company who shared an awesome offer on LowEndTalk recently:

  • 1 core @ 2.70Ghz
  • 1GB RAM
  • 30GB Storage
  • 1TB bandwidth
  • in Sydney

Get all the details in the LowEndTalk thread!

Virtono: Happy New Year with Cheap VPS Systems Starting at €19.95 EUR/Year!

VirtonoWe last mentioned Virtono back when they had a LowEndTalk post in August.  Just noticed they’ve dropped a nice offer to start the New Year:

  • Get a 512MB KVM with 1TB of bandwidth for only €19.95 EUR/Year!
  • Or a 1GB KVM for only €29.95 EUR/Year!

And to top it off, this offer is available in 11 locations around the world!  Specifically: Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Madrid, Manchester, Frankfurt, Bucharest, Los Angeles, Dallas, New York, and/or Miami.

You want more info like test IPs, payment policies, and coupon codes to get these deals?  Then head over to the LowEndTalk thread!

Check Out LowEndBox’s Streaming Service!

Tags: , , , , , , , , , Date/Time: January 9, 2022 @ 2:21 pm, by raindog308

LowEndBoxTV LogoWhen you think of streaming services, you may be familiar with some of the tedious run-of-the-mill services such as Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, etc.  They all off there same uninspiring, recycled ideas such as “comedy”, “drama”, and “action movies”.  It’s the same lame content you’ve watched all your life and by now you’d probably scream if someone made you watch any more of it.

But you don’t have to!  You can tune in to the 800-pound gorilla of LowEnd content, LowEndBoxTV! We have a fantastic serplan unrivaled in the streaming industry:

  • Completely FREE content!  No monthly fee!
  • Apps available for phone, tablet, and television!  Or view in your browser!
  • Fully international!
  • All original content!

And what kind of fantastic content do we have?

If you haven’t watched LowEndBoxTV before, quit wasting your time on lesser streaming choices and go with the leader.  Check out LowEndBoxTV today!

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