CentOS minimal template’s issue with crontab

How to, Tips and Tricks
On my CentOS 5.x 64bit XEN PV template (XEN PV is a virtualization type, this means I am talking about a VPS) doing 'crontab -e' gave me the following error [code] [root@vpsadmin ~]# crontab -e no crontab for root - using an empty one /bin/sh: /bin/vi: No such file or directory crontab: "/bin/vi" exited with status 127 [/code] To correct this issue, do the following [code] [root@vpsadmin ~]# touch ~/.bashrc [root@vpsadmin ~]# export VISUAL=nano [root@vpsadmin ~]# source ~/.bashrc [/code] So, now if you do 'crontab -e' it will work as it should [code] [root@vpsadmin ~]# crontab -e no crontab for root - using an empty one crontab: no changes made to crontab [/code]
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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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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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The Planet Announces Cloud Hosting

News
The Planet just jumped in to the cloud computing announcing the launch of Server Cloud Hosting. Cloud computing gives you more reliability, computing power with the advantage of seamless scalability in terms of resources but at the same time its pretty expensive, in my opinion. The minimum package starts from $49 with just 60GB space and 512MB ram with 1TB bandwith (transfer). The bigger packages cost $99 and $179. All prices are per month in USD. One thing that amazes is why there is just 60GB in the core packages? I wonder if a XEN from LINODE.COM is better then this cloud offer? LINODE has been very very stable with almost no downtime or issues. XEN512 from LINODE costs $20 per month. Since The Planet is new, I cannot comment…
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Got my first Linode today

Tips and Tricks
Today at around 02am, I signed up for my very own LINODE. I have been with many different cheap providers but one way or the other, LINODE impressed me a lot. My client, at work, also signed up for LINODE at my recommendation a little while ago. Linode uses 1GB pipe networking port on a XEN VPS that gives you blazzing fast speed as if its on your local machine. I choose London data center for my VPS.
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