I am sorry to have to tell you that my web server www.cichon.de, as well as my e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org is going to go offline today - hopefully for a short period of time only.
The reason is that the German ISP which I used to have (camelot.de) is so tremendously expensive so that I can not afford to leave my stuff there for any longer time. He charges me DM 1,25 per Mega-Byte (abt. 70 cent) plus taxes, and he wrote bills of more than DM 5000,- (abt. $3000) to me. This is incredible.
I am trying to change to an US-ISP for more than 3 month already, but denic, the German version of internic simply refuses to enter a new name server record because of some pedantic technical requirements which they are not even able to tell me in advance. It is unbelievable. denic charges DM 230,- per year (abt. $150) just for a name server they don't even run by themselves.
You can still reach me at cichon.com, so please send any urgent e-mail to email@example.com in the meantime.
See you, happy new year :-) Gordon.