As far as your side note, I can also give high praise for Hurricane Electric
I've hosted three different accounts with them and always found them to be very helpful. Plus you can get away for $10 a month with 25M of storage.
In addition I've called up at 2am on a Saturday and the tech ( who was apparently bored ) managed to help me get a script running that wasn't. ;)
Some people fall from grace. I prefer a running start...
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