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June 2012 Newsletter

Introduction

Some things are just destined to happen forever. They will keep happening year after year, generation after generation, forever and ever until the flickering light of humanity is finally snuffed out - extinguished by alien attack, greenhouse gases, or something involving a laser.

Some things, like the Hawaiian shirt aisle of a men's big and tall store, are inevitable.

The Olympics, too, are inevitable.

The 2012 Olympics are nearly upon us and, for seventeen very exciting days, people around the world will unite to feign interest in anything that isn't the opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony relieves Cirque du Soleil of their obligation - for a brief time - to be zee veirdest ting performed on stage in zee vorld. (That's how they say it, French Canadian style.)

There will always be a kid floating through the air on wires during the opening ceremonies. That's inevitable, too.

Also, the cylons will overthrow their human creators only to discover the error of their ways, that Starbuck was an angel or something ridiculous, and that we should all be pals again. All of that has happened before, and all of that will happen again.

DreamHost newsletters are inevitable. Sometimes the intros won't make much sense.

Macaroni, corkscrew, palm tree.

Inevitable.

-Brett

Simon Says... (Written by CEO Simon Anderson!)

East. That mystic place where the sun rises, spice aromas waft the air, and gazillions of people live and want blazing fast web and cloud hosting services!

Yes, as you may have seen on the web or wire or by carrier pigeon - DreamHost is setting up a new super awesome data center in Virginia, just north of Dulles airport in Ashburn, the hub of hubs in Internet land. Big fat optical network fibers connect there from Europe and the other US hubs like LA (where our current data centers are), meaning milliseconds to access your sites, blogs or web services.

Our servers will be housed with legendary data center operator RagingWire, where a number of Internet giants have put their infrastructure. And once we're up and running in August, we're going to start letting you choose the location of your web and cloud hosting services, starting with Dedicated and then Virtual Private Servers. Give 'em choice, we say!

Now for any customers in the Virginia area who would like to check out our new facility, we're opening up an invite to a fancy star-studded ribbon cutting and tour on July 31, 2012 from 4pm onward! If you haven't seen the insides of a data center before, blinking lights and all, now is your chance. We're excited to be able to take a very limited number of you guys with us to the grand opening of RagingWire's new facility in Ashburn, Virginia.

If data centers aren't your thing, we've also added one more stop on our "Reach Out & Touch You" tour the very next day just across the river in Washington DC!

We would love to see you at either event (or both!) Just click to register:

http://dreamhost.com/ragingwire/

I'll be there with some of our DreamHost crew. Hope to see you too!

Best,
Simon
@DreamHostSimon

(Now back to Brett!)

MultiFactor Authentication

It occurred to us that there's only one thing better than a good, strong password. And that's TWO good, strong passwords.

So we did some thinking. What if we required not one, but TWO passwords to log in to your DreamHost control panel?

What if - and this might sound a little crazy - what if ONE of those two passwords was a six-digit number that *changed* every 30 seconds?

That would have to be pretty secure, right? It is.

It's called "MultiFactor Authentication," and it's available now, today, for all DreamHost customers at no extra charge.

This is an entirely optional feature, but like most optional security enhancements we strongly recommend you enable it on your DreamHost account. Combining something that you KNOW (your password) with something that you HAVE (your smartphone or computer) is the very essence of multifactor security.

"Google Authenticator" is a free app available for iOS, BlackBerry, and Android devices. Once you've done the easy-ish, one-time app setup, you'll always have access to that second password.

You even can keep the app open and watch the 30 second countdown when one password is obliterated and another is born! It's...cool the first time.

The official Google Authenticator smartphone apps are available through their respective app stores, and some unofficial third-party implementations (for PalmOS, Windows, Java, etc) are available as well:

Wikipedia: Google Authenticator Implementations

Getting started with MultiFactor Authentication is pretty quick and beautiful easy. We've documented the entire process - complete with pictures!

DreamHost Wiki: Enabling Multifactor Authentication

Please consider enabling this on your account. PLEASE! Our security guys told me they'd identity theft me if I didn't make this plea on their behalf, and we've not been on the best terms ever since the bathroom..."incident".

Stop BadWare!

As part of our ongoing efforts to help make the web safer, we've signed on to become a sponsor of StopBadWare!

Stop Badware!

StopBadware.org is an independent searchable clearinghouse of websites that have been flagged for either linking to or containing badware (harmful software) themselves.

We're helping to both fund the project and share our own learnings from badware we've seen "in the wild" through StopBadware's Partners Forum.

The Partners Forum is both an ongoing conversation and a regular monthly meeting of good people joining forces to thwart bad people. Online.

The press release we distributed announcing our sponsorship is historic in that it's the first one to ever include a direct quote from one of our own customers! Thanks, Johnathan Doethner!

Press Release: DreamHost & Stop BadWare Combine Powers...

Working with StopBadWare is just one of the many steps we've taken to bulk up our already obsessively-proactive approach to security. Employee pat-downs were only the beginning. The lady with the rubber gloves came next. We drew the line at "forceps guy".

We'd love to tell you more about what we're doing behind-the-scenes, but then you'd know too much and would have to be...dealt with.

New Charity: StoryCorps

March through May we solicited donations for the "Lambi Fund of Haiti," a unique grassroots organization supporting economic justice, democracy and sustainable development in Haiti.

The Lambi Fund of Haiti

20 of you beautiful people pitched in to raise $1153.01 for The Lambi Fund of Haiti. We've gone and matched that three times over, QUADRUPLING the original figure, and have just submitted a donation for $4612.04!

We're happy to report that Haiti is all good now. Fixed everything! Well, maybe not everything. But things are at least improving over there and that's due in no small part to the contributions of you and people like you who just have more money than they know what to do with. So, thanks.

Next up? StoryCorps!

StoryCorps

StoryCorps is an oral history project like no other. They travel across America year-round with a mobile recording studio to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives.

These stories, these snapshots of living history, are then archived and preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants.

When you listen to some of these stories (on their website or podcast!) you almost feel like a close friend is sharing something really special with you. Some of them will probably get you all worked up and emotional. In fact I recommend listening to them when you're alone so nobody sees your tears. Learned that one the hard way.

You can submit donations to StoryCorps (which we'll then quadruple, as always!) from the "Give to Charity" section of your account control panel:

DreamHost Control Panel: Donate to Charity

Who doesn't love listening to good stories?

The answer is nobody. I'm a huge StoryWhore myself, so StoryCorps is right up my alley. Try it in your alley! You might like it.

DreamHost WTF: Fully Managed VPS and Dedicated Hosting

What's That Feature? It's fully managed hosting!

There's a very good chance you're using shared hosting from DreamHost right now. Shared hosting is the meat and potatoes of the web hosting world, providing crucial protein and carbohydrates that growing web sites need to build muscle and strong bones.

There are more powerful hosting options out there but, let's be honest, getting your dreams online for less than $10 a month is where the party's at.

Maybe you've considered upping your game to a Virtual Private Server (VPS) or Dedicated Server but weren't really sure if you had the technical skills to pull it off - or how you would need to change the way you interact with and manage your DreamHost account.

Good news - you don't need ANY new skills and NOTHING really changes!

That's because our Virtual Private Servers and Dedicated Servers are all fully managed, meaning that you're really just moving all your stuff from a small house into a larger one - and we do all the heavy lifting for you. We'll box up your china in bubble wrap, reprogram your remotes, set you up with the gas company, install cable - all that business.

VPS and Dedicated customers continue to use the exact same account control panel that *all* DreamHost users to use to manage their accounts every day.

DreamHost Virtual Private Servers

DreamHost Dedicated Servers

We've worked hard to ensure that the DreamHost experience is consistent across all of our product lines. Ease of use has always been at the front of our minds...right behind the tattoo. Of a forehead.

DHSOTMs

The DreamHost Site Of The Month is a coveted title reserved for a select few DreamHost customers. Past winners have gone on to do wonderful things with their lives.

As voted by you, in the month of MAY just ONE site swept the awards in all five categories!

The winner in the OVERALL, CONTENT, DESIGN, STRUCTURE, and ORIGINALITY categories is:
Peaceful Revolution
"To be a part of a single day of rest would be like hitting the 'reset' button for our world and everything in it, especially humanity. The implications and impact for one day of peace, quiet and stillness, extend beyond any single event in our entire human history."

http://www.peaceful-revolution.org/

24 hours of quiet, stillness, and self-introspection? What a great idea! I'll just lock my kids in a closet with some hot dogs and water while I take a swim in Lake Me. For a whole day? I'm in!

For winning across all five categories, Peaceful Revolution has just received an entire year of complementary web hosting, giving them 364 usable days, and one day where they're NOT ALLOWED TO TOUCH ANYTHING.

Except themselves.

What? I don't make the rules.

Remember, you can always click through to the DreamHost Site Of The Month section of your account control panel at any time to submit your site, vote on candidates, and view all winners past and present. (Winners appear in bold.)

DreamHost Web Panel: DHSOTM

See ya next month!

See ya next month!
Brett D!

P.S. - If you or someone you know are actually IN the Olympics, you'll probably want to unsubscribe here:

https://panel.dreamhost.com/id/?tab=contact