Don't Quit Your Day Job... is now finally on a Virtual Private Server.
Sorry we've been so unreachable lately and had to turn comments off, but now you know why - we packed up and moved to Webfaction's $30 plan. That's 2GB RAM, 45GB storage and 2 cores all to ourselves, and plenty of freedom to grow even more. We've been playing with our account for a few days and load testing this WordPress installation, and... it's good...
We won't see this sort of sorry performance again:
So if you've been avoiding us lately due to the performance, please come back! (And why did we wait this long? You'll see in a few weeks, I promise).
Also, my bracket got destroyed... did yours?
One last link to Webfaction, if you're in the market for a reasonably priced managed VPS!
Let's catch up on the reading... a lot of these I found this morning when I took a break from webmastering:
Links We Liked!
- Free By 50 noticed something weird in the 'defaulting on student loans' statistics: lots of defaulters were people who dropped out of college. Only 2% of those with a Bachelor's were in default!
- Go Curry Cracker posted their epic annual tax return post - six-figure realized income, no income taxes!
- Nelson at Financial Uproar argues that checking your net worth constantly is wrong. I tend to agree - you've been reading us for 7 years, so the odds are investment performance dominates your net worth returns at this point. If Mint didn't throw it's estimate of NW in my face every time I logged on, I'd probably be in the once a year camp.
- I know, I know - you hate the concept of BMI. As we've argued before though, it's great in aggregate - check out this interactive visualization of BMI trends in the World. It's enough to make you avoid carbs for a week...
- Ben Carlson at a Welath of Common Sense asks... are European stocks cheap, or are American stocks expensive? ("Yes.". Also, we have a Cyclically Adjusted PE Ratio Calculator if you want to play with the duration (like reducing from 10 to 6 year lookback to avoid lots of writedowns during the Great Recession).
- Our pal Sherry at Save. Spend. Splurge. shares her work history... from the age of seven!
- Len Penzo points out a situation where our conditioning to buy in bulk would have cost us.
- At Political Calculations, a back-of-the-envelope calculator to predict when the debt-bubble might pop in various countries (starting with Australia!).
- Who's moving to the cities? Jed Kolko points out it's a lot of Generation Xers, not so much the Boomers.. contrary to conventional wisdom. In fact, younger Boomers are less likely to live in cities (so far).
- A great discussion from Andy Cotgreave on beauty, utility, and visualization.