Well just two more [url=http://www.webhostingshow.com]Web Hosting Show[/url] episodes to go till the end of the year. With the entire Web hosting industry wrapping things up for 2005, what is the hottest talking points? How about Yahoo's deal with MovableType and a Web host wanting to adopt a child to live in it's data center? Here's just a few highlights from this week's show.

Well it looks like Yahoo finally has a reason now for you to sign up for it's Web hosting plans. The plan in question this time around I think is the "small business" one, but don't let the name fool you. Anybody can sign up for it. Why do they finally have a reason for getting folks to sign up? They struck a deal with the folks at MovableType to have (what I would guess) one click installs of the MovableType (MT) product.

If Yahoo has been buying things and making deals left and right these days. I think this newest deal should put them really in the running for the top spot in the Web hosting market right now as well. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out, that's for sure. MovableType is one of the best blogging and Web site management tools out there today. Heck, I might even have to sign up for an account there just to see how easy the whole process is.

[[url=http://www.thehostingnews.com/article1886.html]Read more about the Yahoo/MT Deal![/url]]

In a story last week that could definitely be classified under the "strange" category, there is a Web host out there willing to adopt a kid. The child will be raised in the Web host's data center, and they have even mentioned making the child the company's official mascot.

New York web hosting provider Weblinkhosting has announced its intention to adopt a boy (rather than a girl) under its company name.

As you may remember, Weblinkhosting circulated a press release suggesting it intended to legally adopt a child to 'live at the company's data center and be provided with food, clothing, shelter and love from the owner and employees'. Weblinkhosting.com's latest circulation suggests progress has been made with the objective and, "the newly adopted orphan which will live in the web hosting data center will be a male. His name has yet to be determined."

Is it just me, or is there just something really wrong about this whole idea? At first I kind of joked about the Web host wanting to build an army of super Web hosting gurus to take over the Web hosting world. How do I feel about it now that a little time has passed? It is still just a little too disturbing for me. Adopted kids need a loving home, they don't need to become a publicity stunt for some big company to just make more money. This is nothing more than a perversion on the true meaning on of the holiday season.

[[url=http://www.hostsearch.com/news/weblinkhosting_news_3881.asp]Read more about the Weblinkhosting adoption story![/url]]

More hosting fun than you can shake a stick at, check out the Web Hosting Show podcast:

[b][url=http://www.webhostshow.com/showarchives/WebHostingShow42.mp3]Download the Web Hosting Show! (MP3)[/url] | [url=http://www.webhostingshow.com/blog/_archives/2005/12/19/1455497.html]Read the Show Notes![/url]
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