In which I claim to know what I’m doing

After Nice Deb got (temporarily) bounced off for some unspecified Terms of Service violation — she’s back now — I decided I probably ought to reread the TOS at my own host, and found this somewhat amusing section:

2. Use of DreamHost Web Hosting’s service requires a certain level of knowledge in the use of Internet languages, protocols, and software. This level of knowledge varies depending on the anticipated use and desired content of Customer’s Webspace by the Customer.

3. The following examples are offered:

  1. Web Publishing: requires a knowledge of HTML, properly locating and linking documents, FTPing Webspace contents, Graphics, text, Sound, imagemapping, etc.
  2. CGI-Scripts: requires a knowledge of the UNIX environment, TAR & GUNZIP commands, Perl, CShell scripts, permissions, etc.

4. The Customer agrees that he or she has the necessary knowledge to create Customer’s Webspace. Customer agrees that it is not the responsibility of DreamHost Web Hosting to provide this knowledge or Customer Support outside of the defined service of DreamHost Web Hosting.

That’s me: a minimum acceptable level of competence since 2001. (I’d been doing this five years before that, but at a different host.)



  1. Roger Green »

    27 September 2012 · 10:12 pm

    Whereas, in the words of Sgt. Schultz, “I know NOTHING! NOTHING!” TAR? Gunzip?

  2. CGHill »

    27 September 2012 · 10:23 pm

    The old tar (Tape ARchive) command creates archives, which are then gzipped to reduce them in size. (The opposite of gzip, of course, is gunzip.) I have backups prepared for these sites on a regular basis, and they come down the chute gzipped. My host runs everything on Debian, so if I want to do something without going through some grafted-on interface, I have to have at least a passing acquaintance with Unix-y stuff.

    I had to mess with Perl during the six years I ran Movable Type. I did not find it endearing. And I assure you, my knowledge of PHP, which is central to WordPress, is on the low side.

  3. Mark Alger »

    29 September 2012 · 5:47 am

    I’d say PHP is a lot easier to fake than Perl.


  4. Brian J. »

    30 September 2012 · 2:34 pm

    Obviously, My Little Pony is not subject to the same restrictions as My Little Tarn.

  5. CGHill »

    30 September 2012 · 2:44 pm

    Well, of course not: there’s less Gor.

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