Thanks a million!!! Okay, it's not just me then... I thought his set-up was stupid.
My problem is: The average layperson has much more recognition for Win98, especially in a little ho-dink town, there are no corporations or desk jobs here, and Windows is what everyone uses... nobody has enough education or outside exposure to even know or consider other OS's... worse yet, this is what they use, "so we'll stick with that" without any further thought. Ugh, sometimes I hate living here.
It's thanks to users here that I found netcraft.com a couple of nights ago and that's how I discovered what he was running. I was absolutely appalled especially when I called up the Netcraft Server Survey... ohmigosh. He is in this tiny little minority.
This is what netcraft said: Microsoft-IIS/4.0 on NT4/Windows 98
My next move is to attempt to find out what his hardware is. If I can show it's old, well, heh ---- furthermore, he's at the end of a tiny pipe, he's using a T1 which is 7 hops from any main backbone. And did I mention that tiny pipe is unstable. Furthermore he has such a racket going up here he doesn't even need to list his hosting features/prices online... the local designer is in kahoots with him and 98% of their local design jobs (which they gouge $$ for, being the only show in town) go with this rotten cheese fellow... So he has automatic business...
Everyone want a laugh? I e-mailed this local ISP fellow under my mother's maiden name, asking for full web hosting information including hardware and software specs for the server, and all features, packages, prices, etc. including server space, transfer allowances and what othe features I would have at my disposal. Here's the reply I received:
=== QUOTE ===
"We do not have any information posted on our website regarding
hosting. Here is what we offer: hosting for a personal website is free, you just need to get us the files or we can setup a user/password for you to
send the files to a personal folder on the web server. Hosting for business websites is approximately $300/year. With your business website you can
have an email for your business, ie, firstname.lastname@example.org. Our server uses Microsoft IIS software. If you have any specific questions you can
email me back or call xxx-xxxx. Thanks,..."
_Approximately_ $300? And tell me what I GET? For heavens' sake!!! Yes, and please dabble your fingers in my files at any time, that would be just fine. *rolls eyes* And people BUY THIS around here. I cannot believe it. I know it sounds ridiculous. Honestly, folks are THIS blind, this narrow-minded... he has spent the last four years building this image and this reputation because he was one of the primary players in getting our region internet-accessible... people think he's some big player. And when you cross him, he immediately goes to personal insults and thrash-n-trash. Hey, as I said he has no personality and certainly not the morals and ethics to go with his fascination with electronics.
Okay enough babbling. Any other thoughts are most, most appreciated. In the meantime I'll go over to Google and try there. *wink* I was using the wrong search tool.