More Madonna. More Hosting Woes.

So I guess I should probably elaborate on this?

Okay, I transferred my site to Nearly Free Speech (NFS) last month because I heard a lot of good things about them, most of which I detail in this post.

I resolved a lot of the financial issues with them, but now I’m finding that they aren’t all that cracked up to be when it comes to the technical side of things either.

I was going to try and be civil and rational with this, but I guess I’m not good at that. So I’m just going to come right out and say it.

NFS is apparently run by a group of paranoid idiots.

They’re servers are jacked up with so much excessive and redundant security systems that upgrading, modifying or altering anything on my end is nearly impossible. Under NFS’s default settings, I cannot upgrade WordPress, install plug-ins, remove plug-ins, modify anything, or even upload pictures. It’s a mess. And what makes it all worse is that there’s NOTHING on NFS”s site to explain this, and that there is NO free customer support to help users sort all of it out. If you have an account with NFS and you need help, your only option is to turn to their forums, which are staffed by both NFS employees and other users who try their best to help each other navigate the magical land of bullshit that is NFS’s server system. Pretty convenient for them huh? Make a system that no one can understand and then charge the users to help them!


And to make matters worse, this is effecting my upcoming site as well, so I have to postpone launching that AGAIN. I vow to get that shit up before I go to Tokyo, and it will happen. But I think it’s going to be close now.

Is NFS a cheap web hosting solution? I mean, maybe? It’s not for me. I’ve already had to go to a third hosting provider for my files, because NFS’s system is straight up broken if you want to host large files. It’s pathetic. But even without that taken into account, NFS isn’t really affordable or a good deal. Why?

Because your time is worth money. A blog without any large files would probably be able to be hosted on NFS for less than $40 a year. But you know what? My time is worth money too! And when I have to spend dozens of hours just figuring out how to do basic things that every other hosting provider on the planet does automatically, then any value that NFS’s low-cost hosting may have had is immediately lost.

Screw these mofos. I’m never using Nearly Free Speech again, and I really recommend that no one else does either. They are scam artists who exploit their convoluted, broken service for a quick buck from those who don’t know better. They suck.

Now let’s listen to Madonna.

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (Miami Mix Alternate Ending)
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (Miami Spanglish Mix)
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (Miami Mix Edit)
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (Miami Dub Mix)
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (Miami Mix Instrumental Version)
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (Miami Spanglish Mix Edit)
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (Extended Journey)
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (Hot Mix Edit)
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (Hot Mix Radio Edit)
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (Edge Factor Dub)
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (Early Morning Dub)
Express Yourself (Shep’s ‘spressin’ Himself Re-remix)
Oh god that’s a lot of Madonna what have I done? I have one more Madonna single I want to post sometime soon, but this should be the last of the Madonna for a while.

A year or two ago I had a post with some remixes of Madonna’s much-maligned “American Life,” where I dubbed it one of the worst songs of all time. That may have been a bit harsh, so I’m going to try to avoid such hyperbole tonight.

However, that being said…wow holy fuck do I hate “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.” I hate it. I hate it so much. Seriously. It’s like, unhealthy how much I hate this goddamn song. I hated the original version, I hate these remixes and I hate the fact that I even own the 12″ single, something I bought solely because I have to be a completist and own one version of every single Madonna 12″. Why? I don’t know, because I have weird problems. But hey, if you like this song, go nuts. Seriously, if you like this song, good for you! Have fun with these remixes! Download all of them and have yourself an Andrew Lloyd Weber dance party!

Just don’t invite me.

Now, “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” that’s a song that I can get behind. And it’s a song that I didn’t realize was a cover until about five minutes ago! Research! It’s a wonderful thing! Madonna’ first covered it for Like A Virgin, but it wasn’t released as a proper single until 1996, when it was re-recorded/reworked for inclusion on her ballads compilation Something to Remember. As I said before, I’m not a huge fan of Madonna’s ballads, but I do enjoy this one, and I especially like these more upbeat dance mixes that inject some life into the downbeat number. I got these mixes from a weird red label promo 12″ that I guess is kind of rare. So I got that going for me. Which is nice.

And finally, “Express Yourself”! I don’t feel that I need to explain, extol or exclaim the virtues of this one. It’s a bona fide classic, and is probably in my top five list of Madonna songs, behind “Vogue” and before “Hung Up.”  This remix is by Shep Pettibone and it was included as a b-side to “Justify My Love.” It’s a pretty out there mix too. A lot of the elements from the original version are stripped out and about half of its 9 and a half minute running time is dedicated to an extended breakdown in the middle that features more stutters than a class full of kids with speech disorders (I can make that joke! I have a stutter and a speech impediment!) It’s really different and worth a listen. I hope you like it.


2 Responses to “More Madonna. More Hosting Woes.”

  1. SteveA says:

    Madonna’s express yourself is in my top 10 from Madonna! The song has a great video and a message that is still relevant today….

    I never cared for “Argentina”……it survived on it being Madonna and of course, the movie…..I still don’t like that song!

    On NSF – wow! I’m glad you spoke your mind, I’m also fed up on shoddy service providers….

  2. tracy says:

    I have 3 sites using and its cheap unlimited bandwidth free tech support, redundant data centers, totally mind their own business – all good.

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