My colleague Todd and I just got 3 free years of hosting from 1and1.com. (Mad props to Alf for the tip.) They don't even ask for a credit card number. Still 10 days left to sign up if you're in the U.S. or Canada.
Update: Julian throws a little cold water from the other side of the ocean. (I think those comments are from paying customers.)
Pretty neat. If there were a way to wipe just a little more
geekiness off from it, I reckon this kind of setup could become popular.
Notice the parallel with the relationship that exists between blogs and
the Internet Topic Exchange, which is a community-oriented version of
the idea of elevating the status of stable topics in the
constantly-shifting world of weblogs. When you link to a topic channel
(say, the channel about the TopicExchange itself)
in a post from a TrackBack-enabled blogging tool (like Movable Type or
Radio), a rich pointer to that post is automagically posted over on the
channel. Implementing this actually did not require modification of
existing blog tools. And because TrackBack is an open, documented mechanism, other blogging tools can jump in simply by implementing support for (outbound) TrackBack.
King Crimson's Robert Fripp runs a weblog. In a recent post he explains why he'd rather write in it than be interviewed. "Today, there is a clearer channel
available to present information to the public than the print media:
the internet. This diary is an example."
This post also appears on the open channelmusicians
In case you were looking for it: Seb Paquet's Friend-of-a-Friend (FOAF) file. While it may appear to the untrained eye as a deluge of unreadable junk, a FOAF
file actually enables you to describe yourself in various ways. The
most popular feature so far is the ability to specify who you know by
pointing to other people's FOAF files. This enables social networking services to be built in a more decentralized way. (See e.g. People.link.)