As a die hard capitalist, I had to come to terms with the fact that for many years, I was getting something for practically nothing - namely my web server connection to the Internet. Even though it's against their TOS, Brighthouse doesn't block port 80 so you technically can run a web server on a residential line. I should know, I've been doing it for years. You're reading this on it right now.
Enter the Verizon fiasco. I was mad because they had the gall to ask me to pay for services rendered (actually, I'm still mad because they used a bait and switch tactic, but that's a different ball of wax). So, I did what any capitalist would do. I broke down and paid what the market demanded for the product I wanted.
It's an extra $40 a month to have the service, but honestly I'd be paying $100+ for hosting of this blog plus around $100 to host several other sites (most of which are parked sites, but one being my business) and then I'd still have to pay No-IP for Dynamic DNS so I could still run my email. I'd still come out better financially with that, but I've been running my own web server since 1995 and I'm just not ready to give up on that.
Besides, it's a business line registered against my business, so the $40 extra a month is going on my taxes. I won't break even, but it will take the sting out of it a bit.
So bear with me for the next few days as I get DNS and addresses all hooked up correctly. If anyone has a hard time reaching me, please let me know by email - robb (dot) allen (at) gmail (dot) com.