Category: news & announcements

A quick look at Host1Plus

A quick look at Host1Plus

Since I started out as a blogger, I’ve made use of the services of several hosting providers. All, by the way, have been good, but some just a little bit better than others. In the days before VPS and cloud hosting, the practice back then was to find a good/cheap hosting hosting provider, register or transfer your domain and start […]

The problem with Scaleway

The problem with Scaleway

Cloud hosting providers are popping up everyday that it’s almost difficult to keep up. The upside is that competition will be fierce, which is always good news for (cloud) hosting consumers like moi. Good news translates into cheaper cloud instances and free features that one would normally pay for. I’ve recently written about these cloud hosting providers in The most […]

Run your own mail server using Mail-in-a-Box

Run your own mail server using Mail-in-a-Box

In todays technology landscape, you can run your own mail server or use a third party mail service provider. For many, the latter is the best option, simply because it takes the time, effort and know-how required to set up a mail server out of the equation. For those that love to do stuff their own way, but who might […]

Vultr lets you run an operating system using your own ISO image

Vultr lets you run an operating system using your own ISO image

Back in mid-January of this year, I wrote about The most affordable FreeBSD-supported Cloud/VPS hosting providers. Since then, I’ve come across a few others that offer their own unique features. An example is Vultr, a cloud hosting provider that offers a KVM-based platform on SSD storage. And it’s even cheaper than many of those listed in that article. Aside from […]

SSLMate: Buy and install DV SSL certificates from the command line

Looking for a tool to facilitate buying and installing SSL certificates for your website? SSLMate to the rescue! SSLMate is the second and latest tool that’s been made available to make the process of buying and installing SSL certificates a bit easier. The other tool, which was announced in 2014 but is still a work in progress, is Let’s Encrypt […]

Anaconda on root and user account password strengths: Why so strict?

Anaconda on root and user account password strengths: Why so strict?

So the third alpha release of what will become Fedora 22 has been released and I’ve managed to download ISO installation images of the main edition, which uses the GNOME 3 desktop, KDE and the Netinstall. From those installation images, I’ve installed Fedora 22 alpha (GNOME 3), Fedora 22 KDE alpha, and Fedora 22 Cinnamon in virtual environments on my […]

A 200 GB microSDXC card? Yes, I can haz that!

A 200 GB microSDXC card? Yes, I can haz that!

The top (in terms of capacity) microSDXC card in the market can hold 128 GB of stuff. That’s a lot of stuff. Starting from the second quarter, that capacity will go up by 56%, thanks to a new addition to that line of SD cards by SanDisk. A 56% jump in stuff-holding capacity means that a storage device the size […]

How to layout and design an infographic in R

How to layout and design an infographic in R

For R fans and infographics lovers out there (I’m one of you), here’s an article that shows how to layout and design an infographic in R. Here’s how the data used to generate it was obtained.

Below is the final product. Go here to learn how the author did it.

How  to delete Superfish from Lenovo computers permanently

How to delete Superfish from Lenovo computers permanently

So Lenovo has been reeling from the self-inflicted wound called Superfish, VisualDiscovery or WindowShopper. No sympathies from me, buster. What else have you done in the past that nobody found out? If you have no idea what Superfish is, here’s a very brief summary. Superfish is an adware installed on some Lenove consumer computers. The actual name is WindowShopper or […]

The ideal value of listen.backlog when setting PHP-FPM pm = ondemand

I recently wrote about the impact that setting how PHP-FPM’s process manager controls child processes from dynamic (pm = dynamic) to ondemand (pm = ondemand) has on RAM usage. You may read the article at How to reduce PHP-FPM (php5-fpm) RAM usage by about 50%. One other interesting PHP-FPM setting I got to learn a little bit more about while […]

For an editor, Atom uses way too much RAM

For an editor, Atom uses way too much RAM

For some time now I’ve been using Atom as a replacement for Kate, KWrite and GEdit, depending on the desktop environment I’m using. That’s because it’s much easier and faster to take notes when you’re formatting with MarkDown. If you’ve never heard about Atom, it’s a text editor from the folks at GitHub and officially described as a “hackable text […]

How to configure Ubuntu 14.04 server to forward root mails to your email address

This short tutorial shows how to configure a Ubuntu 14.04 Cloud server to forward system-generated mails sent to the root account to your email address. Why would you want to forward mails sent to root to an email address? Because most properly-configured Cloud servers are managed using a (normal) user account with sudo (root) privileges. So unless you switch to […]

Why did this server run out of disk space?

Less than two hours after I logged into the admin end of this website, which is powered by WordPress, the site went offline, with a 502 Bad Gateway error. What the…? So I logged in via ssh and noticed a serious lag between when I type a letter and when it appears on the screen. I’ve got a problem. And […]

MIPS Creator C120 development board and Debian 7

MIPS Creator C120 development board and Debian 7

Back in December 2014 I won a Creator C120 single board computer from Imagination Technologies, a technology outfit based in Hertfordshire (UK). The Creator C120 is a development board for Linux and Android. It’s powered by a dual-core MIPS32 CPU (1.2 GHz) and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU. Add to that 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB NAND Flash, two USB […]

Two things I’ve learned from using Tor Browser

Two things I’ve learned from using Tor Browser

So for the past three months I’ve been using Tor Browser to surf the Web, not as a primary browser, but as a secondary browser. Firefox is my primary browser. Together with using StartPage as my search engine, I feel much better about my privacy while surfing the Internet. Using Tor Browser leads to a tad slower browsing experience, but […]

These reCAPTCHAs where not meant to be read by humans

These reCAPTCHAs where not meant to be read by humans

A reCAPTCHA is supposed to make business tough for bots yet easy for humans to decipher. But we all know how annoying those things can be – for humans. That has led to some not too successful attempts to make them less so. A more recent effort is No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA, but it didn’t really solve the problem that it […]