Nov 042016
DigitalOcean connectivity is great

If you read my posts you will realize I am a fan of Linode, have been for years. They are great and reasonable people. I decided to give DigitalOcean a try since I have heard great things about it. I found the connectivity was awesome from here in Singapore to my first Droplet in London! […]

Oct 302016

I was having this terrible problem that prevented use of my home server. I was starting to regret many things like buying a refurbished Worskstation, the refurbished memory DIMMs or that fact that I chose Centos7 over Ubuntu which I use for development. A careful and determined Google Searchathon revealed the issue. My reason to […]

Sep 232016

For the first time I have started using LVM on my home server and things have been alright for an year. I am able to resize, replace disks , expand size of my mount points or move mount to a new disk without any trouble at all. While its not relevant I am using CentOS […]

Jun 082016

Finally I signed up for Google Cloud free trial. I wanted to setup game servers in a way that I could manage it better. I found AWS EC2 was not up to the task and to get even a usable performance for a single game instance I would need to shell out 25$ a […]

Jun 082016

Experiment I ran using AWS Cloud with OpenVPN seems to suggest Yes. It reduces latency for very bad routes. for e.g. 250 MS from Singapore to Australia is common for cheaper ISP in Australia. By using AWS I was able to get connectivity to a better provider in AU and hop off of that and that […]

Apr 282016

After years of not having to deal with AWS except for my pet projects , I decided to visit the AWS Summit in Singapore. Its right here, I thought great time to join and learn some Lambda as well as Lumberyard/gamelift. Suffice to say, I was disappointed all together at the future of Amazon Web […]

Sep 252015

Sometime ago I wrote about my backup woes. I have used backblaze and crashplan simultaneously for backups of my PC and Crashplan for my Mac/Linux. While I could have easily created my own backup with Amazon S3 or Google Drive or One drive et al, a cost analysis shows that Backblaze was the MOST cost […]

May 312015
Linode users get phishing emails

DNS hijacking or plain host hijacking is pretty common these days. It’s a safe low-tech attack to get username and passwords of key hosting accounts. Recently I received an email that was 10/10 where quality of Phishing emails applies. None of the broken English words, in fact see the screenshot. Well written with an official […]

Apr 092015

Ever since I found Backblaze, and I don’t know why I did not find it earlier, I have been quite happy with money well spent. I currently have 4 USB drives apart from 2.5TB internal space. This totals to a lot of space and I only use 4Tb of it. This is my home setup. […]