LowEndScripts.com / LowEndScript.com

A few months ago, I was on LET trying to create a wiki about all the stuff that people usually ask repeated questions for (including me). I checked that LowEndWiki.com was already registered so I created a LET topic asking if the owner is still on LET and reading that thread and would want to sell/transfer the ownership to me. I later learned that its with Chief. I later contacted him for the same and he said he has plans for it and I should use the current outdated LowEndTalk Wiki, which I am obviously not apart from a few smaller pages.

Coming back to the LET topic I created in the first place, it quickly derailed and to my surprise I found the owner of lowendscript.com, who wanted me to have the domain at no cost. Thats a big ol’ Wow!!

Eversince I took over the domain on Jan 04 2012, I have never got the time to fully complete it which is a big loss at my end and at the awesome domain name I have which can be used as a place to list down all bash(shell), PHP, Python scripts and possibly mirroring them via Amazon S3

Thoughts? please comment

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

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.

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...
Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net||: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).

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)


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...
Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net||: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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Enable ping response for Windows Server

I recently got two windows VPS for testing and stuff. The issue I faced was that even though they were Windows 2008 VPS, I still could not ping it. Came to know later that its a security feature and hence all pings are disabled.

Windows 2008 start menu

You just need to enable it by running the following command on command prompt

netsh firewall set icmpsetting 8

If you wish to disable it, later, you may run this to do so

netsh firewall set icmpsetting 8 disable

Windows 2008 command prompt

Overcommitting with KVM

KVM logo Someone pointed out a shocking fact in LET that KVM, the new popular virtualization type, can be over-committed even more then the infamous OpenVZ

The KVM hypervisor supports overcommitting CPUs and overcommitting memory. Overcommitting is allocating more virtualized CPUs or memory than there are physical resources on the system. With CPU overcommit, under-utilized virtualized servers or desktops can run on fewer servers which saves power and money.

Read it all at docs.redhat.com
also read the complete thread at LET Is KVM the next oversold VPS? for more enlightenment

NordicVPS down the drain?

Update (April 25, 2011): Added two slideshares at the end of the blog post to show the initial notice that I received and the followup almost supportless support ticket

NordicVPS.com Fail Well it may be shocking for some but its true. NordicVPS.com is down the drain for most. I believe it all started when they introduced BuyVMish (as Francisco calls it) $15/year package in Oct, 2010 (apparently many did and no one can kick it off as smooth as BuyVM did).

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HostDime takes over VPSLatch.net

Update (01-April-2011): I contacted HostDime to ask for an offer that Adam accepted some months ago AND I was going to purchase that in June this year. HostDime staff was pretty professional to go through the tickets and offer me the same (right now OR when I later come and give reference to the ticket number with HostDime …. SOLID OFFER I must say)

VPSLatch acquired by HostDime

Not an April Fool joke …

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Find memory consumed by currently running processes on Linux?

I always had the question (when I am running plenty of scripts on a linux box as to what is eating up all the memory? Finding memory consumed by current running processes in your favorite linux distro. Luckily, I found a great Python utility (scriplet to be exact).

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