If you have a growing website, you will be thinking about a dedicated server. Going dedicated means you have more flexibility rather than sharing a server with as many as 200 other sites. One of the better deals around is from Rackshack (www.rackshack.net) in the US. For around £70 a month you can get yourself a server that would set you back well over £150 in the UK. Of course, any support you need comes either by e-mail or by calling the US, but if you choose your phone supplier correctly, then a call to the US can be as low as 3p a minute, which makes it even cheaper than calling a UK national rate number during the day. A certain amount of technical know-how is needed for setting things up, but this can easily be acquired by visiting the Rackshack user forums as well as the discussion groups of the manufacturers and suppliers of its systems.
Good to see that the Financial Times has increased its number of paid-for subscribers to its FT.com site to more than 20,000. Many people will be watching how well the service does over the coming months before deciding themselves to introduce paid-for services.
There’s still time to enter and win a copy of Adobe’s PhotoShop Elements 2.0. The software allows anyone, regardless of their design ability, to come up with images that look good in print or on the web. I’ve got three copies of the £80 software to give away thanks to Adobe. If you want to be in with a chance to win one, just answer the following question and tell me your name and postal address.
What else does Adobe make?
a. Acrobat b. Circus c. Big Top Send your answer by e-mail to: email@example.com. Closing date for entries is 11am on 28 October 2002. The first three correct entries drawn after the closing date will win.
The annual Online Journalism Awards (www.onlinejournalismawards.org) organised by the Online News Association and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, which took place in New York last week, saw US sites scooping most of the awards. CNN.com won the breaking news category for its coverage of September 11, while technology site CNET picked up a number of awards for its coverage of the IT industry. The Washington Post won an award for an investigation into police shootings, while the Microsoft-backed MSNBC saw its feature on airport security win an award for creative use of the medium. The only real disappointment was not seeing more European entries make it as finalists.