Reliability of greyhound/amtrak from Minneapolis to Chicago

I am traveling from Minneapolis to Chicago next Saturday, and I need to be at Symphony Center by 4:45 pm sharp. My schedule is unfortunately somewhat constrained, and my travel options are as follows:

  • Amtrak Empire Builder, scheduled arrival 3:55. This is somewhat expensive and the timing is quite tight; if the train is more than 45 minutes late, I’ll be late for my show.
  • Greyhound Bus, scheduled arrival 3:15. This is more reasonably priced and gives me an hour and half window, so it is my current preference.
  • Driving. I can certainly leave early enough to be on time, but I dislike long drives and would prefer not to do this unless it’s the only reliable option.

My question is how reliable these Amtrak and Greyhound routes are, and if either of them can reliably get me there within the window (say, >90% chance). I know that both Greyhound and Amtrak have reputations for running late, and my own experiences with them have been mixed, but I don’t have a great sense of how common or severe delays are and I’ve never taken this particular route.

I’m hoping for an answer based either on experience with these companies and/or this particular trip, or based on recent performance data for these routes if such data is available.

KayHosting – KVM Launch! 2GB SSD KVM VPS w/ Windows OS for $35/yr & more in Chicago!

Kevin from KayHosting has expanded to start offering SSD KVM VPS’s for the New Year, and is here with some awesome looking offers for the LowEndBox community! They are offering 3 different KVM specials based out of Chicago, and also the 2GB plans and up include free Windows OS if you want it! We’ve been told that the KVM Host Nodes are powered by Dual Xeon E5-2660v2’s with 8x SSD’s in a RAID-10 array, so these should provide pretty powerful performance for your applications!

They have been featured on LowEndBox before and received positive reviews – as always, if you decide to buy from them, we are interested in hearing about your experience in the comments section below! Their WHOIS is public, and you can find their ToS here. They accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin and Ethereum as payment methods.

Here’s what they had to say:

“KayHosting is starting off the new year with a major expansion that has been highly requested by our users – KVM VPS powered by SSD! Some of our core values are “Quality, Service and Support”. Our company has evolved, now offering Shared Hosting, Reseller Hosting, OpenVZ VPS Hosting, Dedicated Servers and now… KVM VPS! In addition, everything we deliver is powered by SSD drives only. If you are seeking for a host that is devoted to providing a reliable & high performance service with some of the best support in the industry, look no further than KayHosting for a world-class experience!”

Here’s the offers: 

SSD KVM VPS 1G

  • 1024MB (1GB) RAM
  • 1 CPU Core
  • 15GB SSD Space
  • 1500GB Traffic
  • 1Gbps Uplink
  • 1x IPv4 Address
  • SolusVM/KVM
  • Linux OS
  • $ 18/yr
  • [ORDER]

SSD KVM VPS 2G

  • 2048MB (2GB) RAM
  • 2 CPU Cores
  • 30GB SSD Space
  • 5000GB Traffic
  • 1Gbps Uplink
  • 1x IPv4 Address
  • SolusVM/KVM
  • Linux OR Free Windows!
  • $ 35/yr
  • [ORDER]

SSD KVM VPS 8G

  • 8192MB (8GB) RAM
  • 4 CPU Cores
  • 80GB SSD Space
  • 10,000GB Traffic
  • 1Gbps Uplink
  • 1x IPv4 Address
  • SolusVM/KVM
  • Linux OR Free Windows!
  • $ 99/yr
  • [ORDER]

NETWORK INFO:

Illinois, Chicago, USA
Test IPv4: 66.225.198.198
Test file: http://66.225.198.198/100MB.test


Hardware Information:
– Dual Intel Xeon E5-2660v2 CPU’s
– 192GB RAM
– 8x 1TB Samsung 860 Professional Series SSD’s
– Hardware RAID-10 powered by LSI 9271-8i
– Dedicated 1Gbps Uplinks

Please let us know if you have any questions/comments and enjoy!

LQHosting – 6GB SSD KVM VPS for $65/yr, 2GB SSD OpenVZ VPS for $18/yr & more in Chicago, IL!

We are happy to welcome Thomas from LQHosting to LowEndBox as they have recently sent in their first offer ever! They are here with some awesome specials on SSD powered OpenVZ and KVM VPS’s in Chicago, IL! We found their offers to be fairly attractive so we hope you enjoy their offer and hope to hear positive feedback!

The following offers do not require any promotion code, as we’ve been told that they are custom order links created exclusively for LowEndBox. They accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Alipay, Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum. You can find their ToS/Legal Docs here.

Here’s what they had to say: 

“We aim to service every segment of the market ranging from individuals plus small to large businesses. To achieve this, we have set out on this mission and aim to achieve it with a mixture of quality service, 24×7 support, and flexible plans! Our servers are all connected to dual uplinks, with a redundant network blend. Additionally, all of the services that we offer are powered by SSD’s only as we are a performance-centric company. With a commitment to uptime and performance, LQHosting is the one and only source that can provide you with ultimate peace of mind!”

Here’s the offers: 

768MB OpenVZ SSD

  • 15GB SSD Storage
  • 768MB RAM
  • 1.5TB Bandwidth
  • 1 CPU Core
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • 1Gbps Port
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • Chicago Datacenter
  • $ 10/yr
  • [ORDER]

2GB OpenVZ SSD

  • 30GB SSD Storage
  • 2048MB RAM
  • 3TB Bandwidth
  • 2 CPU Cores
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • 1Gbps Port
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • Chicago Datacenter
  • $ 18/yr
  • [ORDER]

4GB OpenVZ SSD

  • 60GB SSD Storage
  • 4096MB RAM
  • 5TB Bandwidth
  • 2 CPU Cores
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • 1Gbps Port
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • Chicago Datacenter
  • $ 35/yr
  • [ORDER]

1GB SSD KVM VPS

  • 10GB SSD Storage
  • 1024MB RAM
  • 1.5TB Bandwidth
  • 1 CPU Core
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • 1Gbps Port
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • Docker Supported
  • Chicago Datacenter
  • $ 19/yr
  • [ORDER]

2GB SSD KVM VPS

  • 25GB SSD Storage
  • 2048MB RAM
  • 3TB Bandwidth
  • 1 CPU Cores
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • 1Gbps Port
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • Docker Supported
  • Chicago Datacenter
  • $ 29/yr
  • [ORDER]

6GB SSD KVM VPS

  • 50GB SSD Storage
  • 6144MB RAM
  • 10TB Bandwidth
  • 4 CPU Cores
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • 1Gbps Port
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • Docker Supported
  • Chicago Datacenter
  • $ 65/yr
  • [ORDER]


NETWORK INFO:

Chicago, IL, USA
Test IPv4: 172.245.240.34
Test file: http://172.245.240.34/100MB.test


OpenVZ VPS Nodes:
– Intel Xeon E3-1230v2
– 32GB RAM
– 4x 1TB Intel Enterprise SSD’s
– Hardware RAID-10
– Dual 1Gbps Network Uplinks

KVM VPS Nodes:
– Dual Intel Xeon E5-2650v2
– 192GB RAM
– 8x 1TB Intel Enterprise SSD’s
– Hardware RAID-10
– Dual 1Gbps Network Uplinks

Please let us know if you have any questions/comments and enjoy!

LQHosting – 6GB SSD KVM VPS for $65/yr, 2GB SSD OpenVZ VPS for $18/yr & more in Chicago, IL!

We are happy to welcome Thomas from LQHosting to LowEndBox as they have recently sent in their first offer ever! They are here with some awesome specials on SSD powered OpenVZ and KVM VPS’s in Chicago, IL! We found their offers to be fairly attractive so we hope you enjoy their offer and hope to hear positive feedback!

The following offers do not require any promotion code, as we’ve been told that they are custom order links created exclusively for LowEndBox. They accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Alipay, Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum. You can find their ToS/Legal Docs here.

Here’s what they had to say: 

“We aim to service every segment of the market ranging from individuals plus small to large businesses. To achieve this, we have set out on this mission and aim to achieve it with a mixture of quality service, 24×7 support, and flexible plans! Our servers are all connected to dual uplinks, with a redundant network blend. Additionally, all of the services that we offer are powered by SSD’s only as we are a performance-centric company. With a commitment to uptime and performance, LQHosting is the one and only source that can provide you with ultimate peace of mind!”

Here’s the offers: 

768MB OpenVZ SSD

  • 15GB SSD Storage
  • 768MB RAM
  • 1.5TB Bandwidth
  • 1 CPU Core
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • 1Gbps Port
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • Chicago Datacenter
  • $ 10/yr
  • [ORDER]

2GB OpenVZ SSD

  • 30GB SSD Storage
  • 2048MB RAM
  • 3TB Bandwidth
  • 2 CPU Cores
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • 1Gbps Port
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • Chicago Datacenter
  • $ 18/yr
  • [ORDER]

4GB OpenVZ SSD

  • 60GB SSD Storage
  • 4096MB RAM
  • 5TB Bandwidth
  • 2 CPU Cores
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • 1Gbps Port
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • Chicago Datacenter
  • $ 35/yr
  • [ORDER]

1GB SSD KVM VPS

  • 10GB SSD Storage
  • 1024MB RAM
  • 1.5TB Bandwidth
  • 1 CPU Core
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • 1Gbps Port
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • Docker Supported
  • Chicago Datacenter
  • $ 19/yr
  • [ORDER]

2GB SSD KVM VPS

  • 25GB SSD Storage
  • 2048MB RAM
  • 3TB Bandwidth
  • 1 CPU Cores
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • 1Gbps Port
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • Docker Supported
  • Chicago Datacenter
  • $ 29/yr
  • [ORDER]

6GB SSD KVM VPS

  • 50GB SSD Storage
  • 6144MB RAM
  • 10TB Bandwidth
  • 4 CPU Cores
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • 1Gbps Port
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • Docker Supported
  • Chicago Datacenter
  • $ 65/yr
  • [ORDER]


NETWORK INFO:

Chicago, IL, USA
Test IPv4: 172.245.240.34
Test file: http://172.245.240.34/100MB.test


OpenVZ VPS Nodes:
– Intel Xeon E3-1230v2
– 32GB RAM
– 4x 1TB Intel Enterprise SSD’s
– Hardware RAID-10
– Dual 1Gbps Network Uplinks

KVM VPS Nodes:
– Dual Intel Xeon E5-2650v2
– 192GB RAM
– 8x 1TB Intel Enterprise SSD’s
– Hardware RAID-10
– Dual 1Gbps Network Uplinks

Please let us know if you have any questions/comments and enjoy!

[BLACK FRIDAY] SupremeVPS – Cloud SSD VPS Resource Pools from $30/yr for 3 VPS in Los Angeles, Chicago, and NY!

Courtesy of SupremeVPS’ own Mike, we’ve got a fantastic deal on SSD VPS resource pools this Black Friday. SupremeVPS is a regular on LowEndBox, and we certainly acknowledge their contributions to the community and hope you enjoy their BF deals they are presenting here today!

Their WHOIS is public, and you can find their ToS/Legal Docs here. They accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum as payment methods.

Here’s what they had to say: 

“A Cloud VPS Resource Pool is a new way of VPS Hosting – it’s essentially a pool of resources that you can mix and match your resources with, depending on your available resources within your plan. Whether you wish to allocate all resources into one giant VM, or split them up between multiple VMs – it’s up to you!

We also added a new datacenter location option, New York. If you order one of these, you’ll now be able to deploy VPS’s on demand in three locations, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. There is limited stock available for Black Friday so be quick to purchase if you are in the market!”

Here’s the offers: 

3x SSD Cloud VPS Pool

  • Create Up To 3 VPS’s
  • 3 vCPU Cores
  • 3GB RAM
  • 40GB SSD Storage
  • 3TB Monthly Transfer
  • 1Gbps Port
  • 3x IPv4 Addresses
  • Linux OS Options
  • Resource Manager Panel
  • OpenVZ
  • Deploy in 3 Locations
  • $ 30/yr
  • [ORDER]

5x SSD Cloud VPS Pool

  • Create Up To 5 VPS’s
  • 5 vCPU Cores
  • 5GB RAM
  • 80GB SSD Storage
  • 5TB Monthly Transfer
  • 1Gbps Port
  • 5x IPv4 Addresses
  • Linux OS Options
  • Resource Manager Panel
  • OpenVZ
  • Deploy in 3 Locations
  • $ 45/yr
  • [ORDER]

10x SSD Cloud VPS Pool

  • Create Up To 10 VPS’s
  • 10 vCPU Cores
  • 10GB RAM
  • 120GB SSD Storage
  • 10TB Monthly Transfer
  • 1Gbps Port
  • 10x IPv4 Addresses
  • Linux OS Options
  • Resource Manager Panel
  • OpenVZ
  • Deploy in 3 Locations
  • $ 89/yr
  • [ORDER]

15x SSD Cloud VPS Pool

  • Create Up To 15 VPS’s
  • 15 vCPU Cores
  • 15GB RAM
  • 320GB SSD Storage
  • 30TB Monthly Transfer
  • 1Gbps Port
  • 15x IPv4 Addresses
  • Linux OS Options
  • Resource Manager Panel
  • OpenVZ
  • Deploy in 3 Locations
  • $ 115/yr
  • [ORDER]


NETWORK INFO:

Los Angeles, California (530 W. 6th St. Datacenter Facility)
Test IPv4: 107.175.180.6
Test file: http://107.175.180.6/1000MB.test

Chicago, Illinois (2200 Busse Rd., Elk Grove Village Facility)
Test IPv4: 172.245.240.34
Test file: http://172.245.240.34/1000MB.test

Buffalo, New York (325 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY Facility)
Test IPv4: 192.3.180.103
Test file: http://192.3.180.103/1000MB.test

Please let us know if you have any questions/comments and enjoy!

HostMyBytes – Global Pooled VPS in Los Angeles, Chicago & UK starting at 2 VPS for $1.50/month!

hostmybytes

Jonathan from HostMyBytes is back with the most attractive offers they have ever done for us! Their offer is available in 3 locations which includes Los Angeles, Chicago and London!

Here’s what they had to say:

“HostMyBytes was born out of necessity, and today is well over three years old. We created HostMyBytes to fill our own needs for excellent hosting services. Then we decided to share our vision, processes and high standards with the world. Web hosting is what HostMyBytes does, and we strive to do it consistently better than any other company.”

***Want a freebie? Well you got it, they stated our readers just need to open a ticket after your order, mention you’re from LEB, and they will provide you with a free month on any plan that you order, so long you mention you’re from LEB***

1.5GB VPS Pool

  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 2 CPU Cores
  • 30GB HDD
  • 2TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Uplink
  • Create 2 VPS’s
  • 2 x IPv4
  • 400 x IPv6
  • OpenVZ
  • $ 18/yr
  • [ORDER]
2GB VPS Pool

  • 2GB RAM
  • 3 CPU Cores
  • 60GB HDD
  • 3TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Uplink
  • Create 3 VPS’s
  • 3 x IPv4
  • 400 x IPv6
  • OpenVZ
  • $ 21/yr
  • [ORDER]
4GB VPS Pool

  • 4GB RAM
  • 5 CPU Cores
  • 150GB HDD
  • 5TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Uplink
  • Create 5 VPS’s
  • 5 x IPv4
  • 400 x IPv6
  • OpenVZ
  • $ 30/yr
  • [ORDER]
8GB VPS Pool

  • 8GB RAM
  • 10 CPU Cores
  • 250GB HDD
  • 15TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Uplink
  • Create 10 VPS’s
  • 10 x IPv4
  • 400 x IPv6
  • OpenVZ
  • $ 59/yr
  • [ORDER]
12GB VPS Pool

  • 12GB RAM
  • 12 CPU Cores
  • 400GB HDD
  • 20TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Uplink
  • Create 12 VPS’s
  • 12 x IPv4
  • 400 x IPv6
  • OpenVZ
  • $ 99/yr
  • [ORDER]

HostMyBytes started offering VPS services back in 2014. Jonathan told us that they have over 1,000 active customers and that they are growing fast. For those interested, their WHOIS information is public. HostMyBytes supports payment through PayPal, Credit Cards and Bitcoin. They offer a 30-day refund guarantee to all new customers, so it is fairly safe to try their service. An interesting note, their support statistics is shown in their about page. Based from the data, it seems their support is pretty good. Kindly read their Terms of Service, Acceptable Use and Privacy Policy before making any purchase.

Host Node Specifications
– Dual Intel Xeon E5’s or Intel Xeon E3’s
– Minimum 32GB to 64 GB RAM
– 4x 2TB Enterprise Drives
– Hardware RAID10 with CacheVault
– 1Gbps uplink

Network information

Los Angeles, CA, USA
Test IPv4: 204.152.218.25
Test file: http://repos.lax-noc.com/speedtests/100mb.bin

Chicago, IL, USA
Test IPv4: 104.129.31.245
Test file: http://repos.ord.lax-noc.com/speedtests/100mb.bin

London, UK
Test IPv4: 217.146.91.6

Please let us know your feedback and if you have any questions/comments!

SupremeVPS – 2GB Linux VPS from $19/yr, 1GB Windows VPS from $30/yr + MORE in Los Angeles & Chicago!

Mike from SupremeVPS is back with some new offers, exclusive for the LowEndBox family. They are offering new specials on Windows VPS and Linux VPS in Los Angeles and Chicago. SupremeVPS has been featured on LowEndBox before and have generally received positive feedback. As always, we want to hear your feedback so please be sure to comment and share below if you decide to buy one!

Their WHOIS is public, and you can find their ToS/Legal Docs here. They accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum as payment methods.

Here’s what they had to say: 

“We are on a mission to make VPS hosting affordable, easy to use, and transparent. Since day one, we have been on a constant mission to change the VPS hosting industry. Having experienced it ourselves, we have found VPS hosting to be rather tedious with hidden fees, upsells, poor support, etc. – and SupremeVPS was born to change that and to set a new standard – a high standard, for that matter. Today we are successfully empowering over 1500 customers from all over the world!

Our pricing is simple, flat-rate, and easy to understand. No calculator needed, and there are absolutely zero hidden fees. SupremeVPS was born to be simple & easy to use – and our intuitive platform allows you to deploy in under 60 seconds.”

Here’s the offers: 

SSD Windows 1GB

  • 1X 2.20 GHz CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 30GB SSD Space
  • 3TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Port
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Std.
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • $ 30/yr
  • [ORDER]

SSD Windows 2GB

  • 2X 2.20 GHz CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 40GB SSD Space
  • 6TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Port
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Std.
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • $ 45/yr
  • [ORDER]

SSD Windows 4GB

  • 4X 2.20 GHz CPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 60GB SSD Space
  • 10TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Port
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Std.
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • $ 99/yr
  • [ORDER]

SSD Linux 2GB

  • 2X 3.30 GHz CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 30GB SSD Space
  • 2.5TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Port
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • $ 19/yr
  • [ORDER]

SSD Linux 4GB

  • 4X 3.30 GHz CPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 50GB SSD Space
  • 3.5TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Port
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • $ 30/yr
  • [ORDER]

SSD Linux 8GB

    • 8X 3.30 GHz CPU
    • 8GB RAM
    • 100GB SSD Space
    • 8TB Bandwidth
    • 1Gbps Port
    • OpenVZ/SolusVM
    • $ 59/yr
    • [ORDER]

NETWORK INFO:

Los Angeles, California (530 W. 6th St. Datacenter Facility)
Test IPv4: 107.175.180.6
Test file: http://107.175.180.6/1000MB.test

Chicago, Illinois (2200 Busse Rd., Elk Grove Village Facility)
Test IPv4: 172.245.240.34
Test file: http://172.245.240.34/1000MB.test


OpenVZ Nodes:
– Intel Xeon E3-1240v2
– 32GB DDR3 RAM
– Samsung 860 SSD’s
– 1Gbps uplinks
KVM Nodes:
– Dual Intel Xeon E5-2660v2
– 128GB DDR3 RAM
– Samsung 860 SSD’s
– 1Gbps uplinks

Please let us know if you have any questions/comments and enjoy!