After more than four years running my Web applications on Server4You infrastructure, I decided to move on. The reason for my decision to look for a new provider was the decreasing performance of my Server4You Pro X4 Server, especially in comparison with contemporary offers of other vServer providers. I therefore moved this blog and other PHP based applications to a DigitalOcean droplet, which offers 20 GB SSD storage, 512MB RAM and full root access for only 5$ per month. Perfect for Web hosting and serving small services. Moving the data and apps was actually done within two hours, hence its worth comparing offers of different providers and change them from time to time.
In July this year I had the opportunity to present my work at the DATA2013 conference which located at the Reykjavík University. After the conference I appended two days in order visit the country. So far, this has been the most exotic place I have been and I was deeply impressed by the beauty of Iceland. I booked a day trip with a local bus company and visited the main sights, including the Strokkur Geysir in the Haukadalu valley, the Gullfoss waterfall, a geothermal power plant and the Þingvellir national park. On the next day I went to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, which was awesome (and expensive :-)).
Due to the price level in Iceland, I stayed budget hostels. The first on (Hostel 66) is a bit run down and a bit solitary, but staff was great and I had my own bathroom. What I had to learn was that its not necessarily the room that causes a weird smell, its the hot water and the sulfur that it contains 🙂 I then moved to Hostel B47 which is really central and rather modern. Next time I would probably go to the Kex Hostel, because its frequented by a lot of young people and they have a great bar to meet other travellers.