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. […]

Apr 062015

I am bored. I have decided to code for WordPress but instead of using the regular code base I am going to write a fork which is AWS specific or rather cloud specific API like Ceph Object storage API if possible. You could theoretically  re use the code base from AWS S3 on to other platforms like […]

Dec 272014
Using Akamai to Offload 99.99% of Total operational usage

What is Offloading? Offloading is in gist, transferring the resource consumption from one infrastructure to another without affecting the overall functionality of the service and retaining full control over the transactional components. Therefore offload is never 100% unless you have 100% static website. However it can be close to 100% even for dynamic sites. We know that […]

Dec 172014

Classic overflow problem. Bottom-line is that it’s all about IO…. Logs hit both memory and disk. I should learn to take my own advice. I have always minimized disk hits on my server instead of starting with database caching code. Recently one of my projects server received higher than normal traffic and it killed the […]

Feb 072014

I was trying out the new PHP SDK for AWS and relearning the methods. While it works well on AWS I was a bit confused with DHO documentation and AWS docs. I wanted to use the SDK but with DHO. There are advantages to the new library which you can explore. Some of the tasks […]

Feb 022014

This is something I missed myself and discovered recently.  Happens to anyone. What you experience is that despite having Gbps port and the provider confirming it you are not able to see that speed in Up/Down. You will also observe packet loss at the last/first mile on your service side. The fix is simple.   […]

Feb 022014
Before signing up with the provider, test their network

A lot of providers will sell you 1 Gbps port with oodles of bandwidth. A test file download to boot. For most people that seems to be enough. That is incorrect in most cases. Having good speed and bandwidth is just one piece of the cake you never ate. You can have a lot of […]