TechieVPS Review

So, I was tempted by one posting on WHT a few months ago but it was Rus Foster’s who posted about this new web outlet. The specs and the price was great. I opted for quarterly and it dropped to $2.5/mo with the following specs

  • 250MB memory
  • 10GB storage
  • 1TB of data transfer
  • 1 x IPv4
  • No IPv6 at the moment
  • XEN-HVM / SolusVM

Yes, its the same UK2 Group which also owns VPS.NET, ThurstVPS.com etc. At first the test results were very good and tempting but I wanted to see how well it goes before putting something serious on it.

Support is decent, replies within 15-20minutes. After using it (idling) for the last 4 months, I must say that the server’s performance has degraded a lot and this is the latest test result

root@redmine ~# dd if=/dev/zero of=iotest bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
16384+0 records in
16384+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 115.089 s, 9.3 MB/s

 

root@redmine ~# wget cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
--2012-04-17 10:00:38--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net... 205.234.175.175
Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net|205.234.175.175|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: `100mb.test'

100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 2.42M/s   in 28s

2012-04-17 10:01:06 (3.55 MB/s) - `100mb.test' saved [104857600/104857600]

 

root@redmine ~# cat /proc/cpuinfo | head -8
processor       : 0
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 6
model           : 30
model name      : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU         750  @ 2.67GHz
stepping        : 5
cpu MHz         : 2666.263
cache size      : 8192 KB

Contacted support and got this in return so … this may not get fixed anytime soon. I was hoping to be suggested to transfer to another node or something.

techieVPS.com Support Ticket #223280

techieVPS.com Support Ticket #223280

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Yes, I have cancelled my VPS effective immediately because I just cannot drag a VPS that I may not use. Rus Foster was nice enough to handle the request for me to refund the future invoice that I already paid in advance (due 24th April, paid 10th April).

EasyPaisa Pakistan website showing SQL query

Go to EasyPaisa Pakistan and go to EasyPaisa Shop –> Find an Easypaisa Merchant and once you are there, search for something and hit “Submit”

Telenor EasyPaisa "Find an Easypaisa Merchant" search form

Telenor EasyPaisa "Find an Easypaisa Merchant" search form

On the new page with listing, select Control+A or highlight the page with a mouse to see a “debug info” SQL query right there in white text. I really do wish someone does not use the info to plan an SQL injunction

Telenor EasyPaisa "Find an Easypaisa Merchant" search results with SQL query shown on page

Telenor EasyPaisa "Find an Easypaisa Merchant" search results with SQL query shown on page

FULL VIEW - Telenor EasyPaisa "Find an Easypaisa Merchant" search results with SQL query shown on page

FULL VIEW - Telenor EasyPaisa "Find an Easypaisa Merchant" search results with SQL query shown on page

#WhyIhateGEO trending on Twitter Pakistan at the moment

#WhyIhateGEO (Why I hate GEO) is one of the hashtags trending in Twitter Pakistan to condemn the non-Pakistani culture promoting in Pakistan by GEO TV. Including but not limited to promoting Indian Movies, Indian culture and an overall pro-Indian approach. Go ahead and read the blog post that started it all.

Any freedom comes with some moral obligations. Media in Pakistan got its freedom but unfortunately it forgot all its obligations to society, culture and religion. The recent wave of projecting Indian culture on Pakistani Media has raised concern among Pakistanis. At times such news item appear on screen that one feels embarrassing to watch on particularly when accompanying family.

There is a growing concern among the masses that Geo is openly promoting Indian culture and values in Pakistan through its private channels Geo News, Geo Entertainment and Geo Super.  It is a known fact that India has been promoting its culture through bollywood movies and dramas, but seeing a Pakistani channel promoting it so vigorously raises concerns for their credibility and intentions about working on some other “hidden agenda”.

 

I could not have put more beautifully as the blog post has already described it. but still there are morons out there who still think they KNOW-IT-ALL and as if everyone’s the same

Aisha Qadir (@Aero_dudette) on Twitter defending GEO TV and somewhat promoting Indian Modia

Aisha Qadir (@Aero_dudette) on Twitter defending GEO TV and somewhat promoting Indian Modia

You can read this tweet online too, if not deleted by its original author. I believe its a duty for all of us to protect our local culture in the best possible way

Finally – OTA update to Google Ice Cream Sandwich

Ever-since Google announced the Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 (aka ICS) update, I wanted to have it just for the sake of seeing all the new features. Finally, My Google Nexus S received the long awaited and long promised Over the air (OTA) update to the ICS. This will be the last update this handset will ever receive probably because of its hardware constraints (with Quad core 1.5 Ghz coming in the market, 1GHz single core will become obsolete and a constraint to future updates)

The phone is a bit slow from my previous Gingerbread (Android 2.3.6) but what the hell, im gonna use it anyway until I find a major bug and want to revert back to 2.3.6

Here are some of the screenshots

PTCL EVO device with Tenda Portable 3G wireless router

Update: I have also posted a review of the latest model 3G150B here

Today, I finally unpacked my Tenda Portable 2G wireless router which I bought in January 2012. Since it supports a USB port for 3G devices, I wanted to see if I can get PTCL-EVO device to connect via this. To my surprise the whole setup was very simple and took just a few minutes.

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Google Shedding / Internet Shedding by PTCL

All over the world people have many methods to check IF they are online or not. Some prefer the ping to google.com or yahoo.com, some check their favourite websites or the popular websites (which we all think should always be accessible). In Pakistan and especially the subcontinent 95%+ people open Google.com or rely on their Firefox browser to open it for them to say “Yes, your net is working” and most people never bother to change this default homepage.

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Cancelled QuickWeb

Today, I cancelled my last VPS with Quickweb in WDC (XEN PV). Although the service is stable but the actual VPS was costing me about two times from another stable reputable provider and since im on savings-mode, I want to experiment by moving that node from Quickweb to SecureDragon. Quickweb was my first VPS provider back in May, 2010 and so, I have a bond with them even though I cannot afford their VPSes mainly because there are other cheaper and stable options available in the market.

For those who want to know the Disk IO and Network speed etc? I will blog a post later today

Tests from WDC Node (Node=XEN10)

Uptime

root@ns1 [~]# uptime
 13:01:00 up 72 days, 14:10,  1 user,  load average: 0.02, 0.02, 0.00

Disk IO test

root@ns1 [~]# dd if=/dev/zero of=iotest bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
16384+0 records in
16384+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 9.4398 s, 114 MB/s

Network test

root@ns1 [~]# wget cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
--2012-04-11 13:00:08--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net... 205.234.175.175
Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net|205.234.175.175|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: `100mb.test'

100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 55.3M/s   in 1.8s

2012-04-11 13:00:10 (55.3 MB/s) - `100mb.test' saved [104857600/104857600]

 

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