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Archive for December, 2011

A scholarly study on the popularity of Huckleberry popcorn, Volume 1


It’s that time of the year when gift baskets start to show up at the office. We appreciate the gesture, and many of us appreciate the stuff inside the baskets.

With some exceptions. There has been one particular basket that has been in the break room for a week or so, and it is completely empty. Except for the half bag of Huckleberry popcorn.


You may ask, “Hey, what is Huckleberry popcorn?” To which I’d have to answer, “I don’t know,” because I’m not putting that stuff in my mouth. Apparently someone has eaten some of it. But the fact that it’s still there after a week tells me it is not currently the most popular thing in the room.

If anyone wants to try Huckleberry popcorn I’ll send it to you. But I can’t be responsible for what happens to you if you eat it. You’ll have to sign a waiver of some sort. At the very least.

When coming in fourth really means you won


You might remember that back in September we asked you to vote for us in the DevProConnections Community Choice Awards. A lot of you must have responded, because we placed 4th!

You might think 4th place is nothing to brag about, and usually that’s true. But look at who we placed 4th behind:

  1. DiscountASP.NET – An established industry leader that wins this award every year
  2. Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) – Maybe the biggest cloud service provider on earth
  3. Go Daddy – One of the biggest shared hosts in the world with millions of users

When you look at those kind of heavy hitters, the fact that Winhost, as a relatively young upstart, managed to rank anywhere near them is kind of amazing.

We work hard to provide the best hosting service anywhere, and it’s great to have the .NET hosting community tell us that we’re doing a good job.

And most of all, we thank all of you who voted for us. You are the reason we get out of bed every morning (or every afternoon, for those guys on the night shifts) and look forward to coming in to work.

So yeah, maybe we’re the only people who are goofy enough to announce losing, but to us, it’s a major win.