March 28, 2013

Sad news

My favorite gun blogger, James R. Rummel, just wrote to tell me that his blog "Hell in a Handbasket" is history.

He says he originally signed up for an "unlimited" blog with his hosting service, but recently the hosting service shut him down for TOS violations, to wit too much traffic. Apparently he was doing the majority of the traffic on the server and it was negatively affecting all the other users.

They offered to set him up with a dedicated server for something like $150/month but he's not willing to pay that much for a hobby, or at least this particular hobby. (You can buy a lot of ammunition for $150/month, you know. Gotta prioritize things.)

So anyway, one more hole in my daily blog visiting cycle. I'll miss him; I learned a lot about guns from him over the years.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Weird World at 04:44 PM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 I'm sorry to hear that.  He will be missed.

Posted by: Siergen at March 28, 2013 04:53 PM (Ao4Kw)

2 This happens too often with cheap hosting. They oversubscribe like crazy. Last time I had a dedicated, it was $100/mo or so, so the price is about right. But I definitely would not deal with the same host. Currently my main server is a VPS at Linode for $20/mo.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at March 28, 2013 05:12 PM (RqRa5)

3 I used the Internet Way-Back Machine to check this website out. It appears that is uses one of the basic Wordpress themes. If he wants to continue blogging he could move over to, keep the theme, and let them host his site for free. I've been using their service for over five years and can't complain in the slightest. If what I read is correct, importing his blog to is a simple two step process.

Posted by: thenullset at March 28, 2013 11:27 PM (7Hjxe)

4 Hell, Pixy would let him on here, wouldn't he?

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 29, 2013 05:17 AM (prhS5)


Yeah, and I think he knows that. He was originally on Blogspot and he could go back there again if he wanted. He just wants to stop.

I respect him enough not to badger him for it. I remember when I stopped USS Clueless, the way a lot of people tried to make me keep going. I don't want to do that to him.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 29, 2013 05:55 AM (+rSRq)


Well, that explains the error page I have been getting.  That sucks.


Posted by: cxt217 at March 29, 2013 07:13 AM (6/RCS)

7 And now it's back up?  Weird caching error, or good news?

Posted by: Siergen at March 29, 2013 03:16 PM (Ao4Kw)

8 It's back, but it is his good-bye message...

Posted by: Siergen at March 29, 2013 03:18 PM (Ao4Kw)

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