PhotonVPS / YardVPS Misleading Marketing Gimmick

We see misleading marketing gimmicks everyday when we visit the superstore where false advertisement and sel-proclaimed-number-one is common but if thats coming from a reputable (so-called) company, its somewhat a underwhelming gesture.

PhotonVPS posted this advertisement on WHT

PhotonVPS / YardVPS Advertisement on WebHostingTalk.com

PhotonVPS / YardVPS Advertisement on WebHostingTalk.com

It seemed nice and I wanted to post this offer on Low End Box, being a writer there but when I tested out the code, it turned out to be another marketing gimmick. I am beginning to think that the mostly negative reviews on Low End Box’s past PhotonVPS / YardVPS offers may be right.

PhotonVPS / YardVPS Marketing Gimmick

PhotonVPS / YardVPS Marketing Gimmick

Slices.me is now open for public, while still in beta

Slices.me for Web Now Open to the Public

Slices.me for Web Now Open to the Public

Slices.me, a web-based application for the new Slices for Twitter application on Android open for public (while still in beta) today. The web interface is an attempt to give the same look and feel as the popular android application on the web.

I gave it a few minutes and I must admit they have done a splendid job although there are still bugs in it like, I was not able to pull anyone’s twitter profile even after multiple click using Firefox browser. Hopefully it will improve in near future.

How did you find Slices for Android? if its not your favorite twitter application, which one is it and why? I’d love to know about it in the comments below

WordPress.com now offers free Wedding Blogs (with special wedding themes)

Just stumbled upon the wicked (in a good way) feature by WordPress.com that lets you create a free blog for your wedding. It also features some amazing (and free) wedding themes.

I don’t think they are giving any of the extra paid-addons as a wedding gift to whomsoever  creating the blog because it may open a potential gateway to get those free addons by faking a wedding :D

Visit the special page for more details

 

Frantech / BuyVM opening new location in Buffalo, NY

The other day, I was looking at the Frantech’s weird (as in cool) way of showing their stock / restock and last stock status at DoesBuyVMhaveStock.com and I noticed there is a new tab for Buffalo, NY (yayy!!!)

Currently they operate out from only one location that is San Jose, CA which gives me like 400ms from PTCL which makes it very hard to use their VPN service or host any content targeted for Pakistani users. Psst!! have been using Amazon’s S3 along with Amazon CloudFront for such purposes which is dirt cheap anyway.

Coming to the point, I contacted and got confirmation that they will have stock on the new location in next week, it will be released in two phases

  1. For the current customers
  2. If there is something left, it will be released later for everyone else

The ping/download tests are way improved from their San Jose location and approx 200ms less (I wish I could give out the test IP for you to test out). Tried requesting to get a box moved to the new location but they are not accepting such transfers not until they soft-launch on Monday for existing customers. I hope im lucky enough to get hold of a box to publish test ip and test files though.

Will we be able to get GeoIPs? (Canadian IP on US VPS?) I cannot comment but I hope to see the same.

Routing a root domain / zone apex / naked domain to Amazon S3

Even though the sound of hosting a static website entirely out of Amazon s3, it has a catch. You can only host subdomains there (including www.example.com, cdn.example.com, images.example.com etc assuming your primary domain name is example.com) but not “apex domain” like example.com

I had an idea of redirecting the example.com traffic to one of my VPSes and then redirecting via .htaccess or PHP to www.example.com at which point www is already hosted on s3

Just to double check, I posted the question online and got a reply from D. Svanlund who pointed me out to an awesome time-saver service still in beta called ARecord.net. They are right when they say Zone Apex issue on Cloud.

Webalizer not working on Ubuntu

One of my Ubuntu based VPS had Webalizer installed to collect stats from webserver but it was not working because I could see not stats at /webalizer/. If thats the case with you try the following

1) Try running the webalizer crontab

root@backups:~# /etc/cron.daily/webalizer
Error Opening file /usr/share/GeoIP/GeoIP.dat

So we have identified the culprit that geoip-database is not installed.

2) Fix this by installing geoip-database

root@backups:~# apt-get install geoip-database

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Error: Could not stat() command file ‘/var/lib/nagios3/rw/nagios.cmd’!

Error: Could not stat() command file ‘/var/lib/nagios3/rw/nagios.cmd’!

The external command file may be missing, Nagios may not be running, and/or Nagios may not be checking external commands.

An error occurred while attempting to commit your command for processing.

Return from whence you came

 

Just do the following

root@nagios:~# ls -l /var/lib/nagios3/rw/nagios.cmd
prw-rw---- 1 nagios nagios 0 Aug 11 22:27 /var/lib/nagios3/rw/nagios.cmd
root@nagios:~# chmod -R g+x /var/lib/nagios3/rw
root@nagios:~# ls -l /var/lib/nagios3/rw/nagios.cmd
prw-rwx--- 1 nagios nagios 0 Aug 11 22:27 /var/lib/nagios3/rw/nagios.cmd
root@nagios:~# service nagios3 restart

Also change group of the file

root@nagios:~# ls -l /var/lib/nagios3/rw/nagios.cmd
prw-rw---- 1 nagios nagios 0 Aug 11 22:27 /var/lib/nagios3/rw/nagios.cmd
root@nagios:~# chown nagios:www-data /var/lib/nagios3/rw/nagios.cmd

And also, you may need to do the following and restart apache afterwards

root@nagios:~# usermod -G nagios www-data
root@nagios:~# service apache2 restart

Note: This tutorial is written keeping in mind Ubuntu distribution, on CentOS, things are a little different

PTV’s Shaista Zaid delivers last bulletin after 43 years

Eversince I was a child, I can recall her face in the evenings when there was just PTV and later STN. I am sure a generation can recall her face seeing on PTV English Bulletin @ 7pm everyday

A little bio of Shaista Zaid, the legend

There were people on twitter recalling her and expressing sorrow on her retirement news

So sad that Shaista Zaid is retiring. She is the face that launched a thousand Kashmir reports, Eid moons and coups. End of an era. #PTV
@AliDayan
Ali Dayan Hasan
Respect for the refined lady. A true inspiration. ' Shaista Zaid last bulletin on PTV news 1969-2012' http://t.co/4nNgQglI
@Rida_Imran
Rida Imran
A national icon, and beacon for generations to come - I'm lucky to have anchored the news with Shaista Zaid - http://t.co/GoHK30Fr #ptv
@wesmalik
Wes Malik
If you don't know who is Shaista Zaid .. Then dude, you are too young for twitter :)
@M_Saad_K
Saad Khan
It was an honor to watch Shaista Zaid's last bulletin. Her grace and elegance unmatched for those 43 years when she remained on-air.
@MansoorGeoNews
Mansoor Ali Khan
A long and satisfying career at PTV. Well-earned retirement. Good luck. RT @: Shaista Zaid. End of an era. http://t.co/XGDnilZz
@jehan_ara
jehan_ara