Download personal details of 100m Facebook users

News, Social Networking, Virtual Private Server
Update (April 23, 2011): I have updated the download urls to point to new servers A little while ago (approx 2 weeks) I read a story online which claimed a person has downloaded a compiled 100m Facebook users' personal data. I searched online and found this torrent on thepiratebay.org I downloaded this torrent and to my surprise, its almost NOTHING personal. Just names and Facebook IDs. Anyway, I also found a BBC Story on the same topic which is pathetic! They sounded this as if Facebook is HACKED, which is not the case. Anyway, anyone who does not want to download via other file-sharing services or torrents can download this from the following VPS locations Location 1 (US) Location 2 (UK) P.S. If, for some reasons, you cannot download this…
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NAGIOS 3 with notifications on twitter

Experiments, How to, Linux, OpenSource, Resources, Social Networking, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials, Virtual Private Server
I have been experimenting with NAGIOS3 on Ubuntu (I will write a how-to-install on NAGIOS later) and it has served me very good in monitoring my 7 VPS from different providers in different part of the world. I have already recorded 3 hours of downtime from ThrustVPS which is a great deal for me. I now know which VPS has the best time and which ones have hiccups (e.g. my 2Host VPS gave me two unreachable notifications but the VPS was running and still reports the uptime as 4 days). Since I use twitter more, even when Im on the road, notifications via email is a bit slow for me. Luckily I found a great tutorial online to do that. (more…)
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A new home for my Expired Domain Harvesting Project

Experiments, Personal
Update (Apr 22, 2011): Please read my post NordicVPS is down the drain? to learn more about this host before ordering with them. EXPIREDRUS.COM is a lame name that I will be using for my Expired Domain Harvesting Experiment that I have been doing in the last many weeks. The records I have collected are totally around 5.5million using lighttpd, PHP5 and MySQL (without innodb) on a 128MB XEN PV box with just 5GB of space. Wow, it will serve me two major purposes How to manage a small box with challenging low resources How to manage millions and millions of records in single mysql database table and replicate them to another VPS node. I am doing all this on a low-budget but extremely powerful XEN VPS from multiple providers…
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Spacerich VPS Benchmark

Reviews, Virtual Private Server
Update (26-Aug-2010): From my experience, they have very huge iowait and hence I/O problems on their VPS servers. You have to wait for like 10-15 seconds for a 'uptime' command to execute which is pretty pathetic. So in my opinion, it was useless for me. Unix Benchmark results from Spacerich (OpenVZ running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 32bit on their Munich, Germany node) using unixbench v 5.1.2 Specs: 256MB / 25GB OpenVZ running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 32bit Note: Being in Europe, it has the best response time to Asia especially Pakistan (more…)
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ThrustVPS XEN HVM Benchmark

Reviews, Virtual Private Server
Update (25-Aug-2010): Rus Foster from ThrustVPS.com is a blackmailer and a person with low self-esteem. He actually blackmailed me to hand him over certain domain names which he thinks believes is breaching the AUP. My accounts, VPS and the $60 of affiliate commission was terminated. I will advise everyone to KEEP AWAY from Rus Foster and ThrustVPS.com (click here to read the full review) Unix Benchmark results from ThrustVPS (XEN HVM running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on their West Coast (LA) node) using unixbench v 5.1.2 Specs: 512MB / 15GB XEN HVM running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 32bit Note: Although the test results from the previous bechmark on their XEN PV is just average, this one is the best benchmark I had on a 512MB VPS ever! (more…)
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RackVM Benchmark

Reviews, Virtual Private Server
Alert: (05-Sep-2010) RackVM is/was a shady business and Ben, owner of RackVM, has run away with hundreds of client's payments. As of today, all of their nodes are down. Ben just tricked everyone to his per annum offers and ran away with cash in hand. Unfortunately, I was also one of these victims. Unix Benchmark results from RackVM using unixbench v 5.1.2 Specs: 128MB / 10GB XEN PV running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS The most amazing part? well, I got this VPS for just 6pounds bi-annually (6 months), thats 1 pound per month :) Note: Although their servers are Core2Quad, I have access to 4 cores and the benchmark results (as compared with my QuickWeb 128MB XEN PV) are very good (more…)
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Using Facebook Graph API to keep an eye on friends activity

Experiments, Personal, Social Networking, Virtual Private Server
Life is really moving in the fast lane for me, and Im pretty sure for most of you readers too. I login to social-networking platforms after weeks and I cant recognize most of these faces (even though they are my friends). Its proven that Humans tend to recognize people by face more quickly then names and email addresses so whenever someone puts on a new face (uploads a new profile-picture), I have hard time getting to know them. Well, I thought today, I have been developing in facebook application for so long now - Why not put online a few hours to fetch Facebook Friends data via API and keeping track of who did what? (status updates) and who changed his/her profile picture? So last night I was up, as…
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ThrustVPS Benchmark

Reviews, Virtual Private Server
Update (25-Aug-2010): Rus Foster from ThrustVPS.com is a blackmailer and a person with low self-esteem. He actually blackmailed me to hand him over certain domain names which he thinks believes is breaching the AUP. My accounts, VPS and the $60 of affiliate commission was terminated. I will advise everyone to KEEP AWAY from Rus Foster and ThrustVPS.com (click here to read the full review) Unix Benchmark results from ThrustVPS using unixbench v 5.1.2 Specs: 512MB / 15GB XEN PV running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS [code] # # # # # # # ##### ###### # # #### # # # # ## # # # # # # # ## # # # # # # # # # # # ## ##### ##### # # # # ###### # #…
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Not getting a package on Ubuntu?

How to, Resources, Reviews, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials, Ubuntu, Virtual Private Server
If you are not getting a package on Ubunu using apt-get then chances are that it has not been updated in the /etc/apt/sources.list file For example, the following should be there in the sources.list file if you are running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (codename lucid) [code] ## main & restricted repositories deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid main restricted deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid main restricted deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid-updates main restricted deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid-updates main restricted deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid-security main restricted deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid-security main restricted ## universe repositories - uncomment to enable deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid universe deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid universe deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates universe deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates universe deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid-security universe deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid-security universe [/code]
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