I'm just going over the PS posts looking for tidbits.
Woozy, are you saying $15/mo for PS + $6/mo for shared is "quite a bit" more than $20 for a Virtual Private Server here or somewhere else? Dude, do the math and compare $21 to $20... One buck aint a deal killer. You got your answer that you can run your socket code in a DH PS - go for it while the getting is good.
One of my colleagues is in the business of selling virtual private hosts with root access, boot your (UML) box, with RH, WBL, FC (Linux distros) or Debian. Their rate starts at $15 too, but that's only for 2gb disk, 128MB RAM, and 20gb transfer. To me the "ala carte" increasing rates for disk, RAM, and/or bandwidth have always been deal killers (yes, that means more than a buck). They sort of make up for it by providing redundant servers, limited backup, user maintained firewall (for those socket client/server apps) and some other features. So anyway, I've been looking at that offering for a year, and comparing it to others, and looking at the DH PS offering since it was recently announced - and if we don't see any horror stories over the next couple months I think I'm gonna get me a DH PS. YMMV HTH